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What Are Some Other Alternatives Other Than Bondo?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Dennis Duffy, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Dennis Duffy

    Dennis Duffy Member

    I know this has been asked before. But I was curious if there is any other (Safer and less Smelly) alternatives other than bond? Especially for setting antlers? Or what are some other methods for setting antlers anyone else uses that works well. Appreciate any input!
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Paper mache, plaster, Apoxie sculpt, clay, ear set, and 2 part foam come to mind.
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  3. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Some use paper mache, sometimes with clay used under the cap door a filler. You may need to experiment and see what you like best and what you can afford. Personally I prefer the bondo. A little smell maybe, don’t know of any danger involved. Sets quick, easy to reshape with a rasp, and is very economical. But that’s just me.
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  4. Lance.G

    Lance.G Well-Known Member

    I started in my basement and needed something with no smell. I found IE-3065 from innovative polymers is very similar to bondo. Mix 50% A with 50% B and you have a 6 min working time. It is much stronger than bondo and also much more expensive. It has zero smell! These days I set my antlers outside with bondo.
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  5. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    Bondo and taxidermy go hand-in-hand. I did the same thing when I operated out of a basement. The bondo can sat outside the basement door, and that's where I used it. Unfortunately, the aroma would still permeate the house.
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  6. Westcoast

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  7. Westcoast

    Westcoast Member

    I use this foam for both building up the skull after setting the antlers and also to glue the form back together during alterations. Or as a filler where 2 part foam would normally be used. It’s lite, strong and after it kicks can be shaped.
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