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Antler Staining

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by QBD, May 28, 2014.

  1. QBD

    QBD Active Member

    Saw a couple of threads about antler refinishing and also antler repair so I thought I would share a before and after of a refinish job. Whether it is touching up burrs, completely re-doing a set of antlers or repairing broken tines/beams, I use acrylic paints. Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna and Van Dyck Brown are the primary colors I use. I mix with water in small amounts to get the consistency I want. I also intermix colors to get shades in between.

    Once I get them colored the way I want them, I either brush on a thin coat of olive oil or a 50/50 mix of turpentine and boiled linseed oil to give them some sheen. If they are badly weathered, I may do a couple of coats of oil depending on how the antlers soak it up.

    I think these are the same pictures that were posted from photobucket before they messed up the sandbox.



    Last edited: Mar 6, 2020
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  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Looks very nice and natural.
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  3. greatbasin

    greatbasin Member

    Ya, for sure those look nice!
  4. Clark Fox

    Clark Fox New Member

    Do you primer antlers before painting?
  5. hoytarcher

    hoytarcher Member

    Is there anyway to get the pics updated? All I am seeing is a red X and I would love to see the before and after
  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    QBD is still active on here. The pictures are broken because Photobucket is holding them for ransom. Send him a PM/Conversation and ask if he can edit the original post. Chances are, he still has the original pictures in a file somewhere and can edit the spots where they are and get the pictures back. Pictures can now be put in a folder on here called "media" or, like I do, host them on postimage.org for free and use links.

    The 50/50 mix of turpentine and boiled linseed oil is like night and day on horns and antlers. I support the skull upside down so any drips do not fall on the skull. It makes spots that you can't get out.
  7. hoytarcher

    hoytarcher Member

    Thank you seawolf!!!!
  8. QBD

    QBD Active Member

    I think I got the same pictures reposted in the original post. When photobucket went ransom mode, I downloaded all of my PB albums before I deteted my PB account so I am pretty sure these were the correct pics for this post.
  9. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Thanks for fixing. I slowly have been doing the same thing as I spot posts that are still messed up. I also took back my pics from PB and told them to take a walk.