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Guessing Game

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Ginger2000, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. My dad just landed in my room with a new addition to my collection, and I have no idea what it is.

    My dad had been chatting to an old friend a few days ago, and said that I was tinkering around with Taxidermy (and collected it). Today, his friend suddenly appeared with this set of Horns and told him to give them to me. They had been in his family for years and his father reckons it's an African species, though we're not certain.

    At one point he had tried to rebuild part of the skull with fibreglass, and covered it with faux wool. Now that I have it I'm going to be ridding it of both and giving it a good (and desperately needed) cleaning.

    Anyone here know what it is??

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  2. Pretty awesome is what it is
     

  3. WanderingWolf

    WanderingWolf New Member

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    Maybe a Lechwe?
     
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Not sure myself but, I would be cleaning it up as is, leave the rebuild on it .. and add to it with one of the self hardening clays or low oven fire clays. That would make an incredible dragon wall mount. :)
     
  5. I could do something like that but it's utterly disgusting inside so the cleaning is a must. If I decide to turn it into a dragon I can always do away with what's on it and rebuild it myself. I'm no novice to getting creative. B:
     
  6. Kendall

    Kendall Active Member

    How about a waterbuck?
     
  7. It defiantly looks like it could be that. :O
     
  8. AH7

    AH7 New Member

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    DEFINITELY in the genus Kobus. Could be a lechwe or waterbuck. I'm leaning toward the latter. Cool horns.
     
  9. I did some work with the skull today. I got rid of the wooden base and the fibreglass muzzle, and gave the skull a rinse off with the hose since it was covered in cobwebs. So here's some fresh daylight photos.

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    I went ahead with soaking the horns (trying to sweat them off) but soon found out the damned things had been NAILED on.

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    I managed to get one nail out, but the other one broke half way so I need Dad's help to get rid of it.

    The horns themselves, despite getting regular soaks, are not going to come off without a fight. The one with the nail is being left until Dad sorts it, the other only shifted about 2cm.

    I've noticed that when the horns were wet their natural(?) colours emerged and it's looking more like a Waterbuck.
     
  10. Well after two years ( ::) ) and countless beatings from my Dad, the horns finally came off.

    I sterilised them, borax-ed the insides, and then restored the colours! Just thought I'd show you guys the comparison between the old colour and the restored colour!

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    They're now sealed and waiting patiently in my room.

    The rest of the skull is awaiting it's turn to use the maceration box. I got some foxes in there (it's not a big box lol). Dad cut the cores down a bit so it took a lot of weight off and should make reattaching the horns much easier!
     
  11. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    A little too shiny but it's a big difference. What did you use for a sealer?
     
  12. That was it when the turpentine/linseed was just applied. xD I should have mentioned that...

    I'll take some other pictures of the horns soon. They were sealed with Modpodge Matte (the same stuff was used on my Buffalo's horns).