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Antlers Losing Color In Process

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by alekh, Nov 30, 2021.

  1. alekh

    alekh New Member

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    Hoping someone may have ideas to help me with a process. I'm using maceration to do skull mounts. I use buckets of water inside a heated room for the maceration. The circulating dry hot air (maybe 100F) is causing the antlers to dry out over the course of maceration (typically around a two week process. This drying is causing them to lose quite a bit of color. I'm currently staining the bases (where i lose color to maceration water), but also having to stain entire antler (due to loss of color in heated room).
    I'm wondering if there's a better way to bring life back into the antlers besides staining the entire thing? I've read where a 50/50 mix of linseed-turpentine may be an option... but also read where it can yellow over time.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated!!!
     
  2. Vulpes Vulpes

    Vulpes Vulpes Active Member

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    Any submerged aquarium heater set to 84 F will do the trick. They run $15-20. The heater you’re using is an energy hog and not the best tool for the job. It’s probably difficult to maintain a good temp.
     

  3. alekh

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  4. alekh

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    Thanks Vulpes. The little room I have is well insulated, and I actually use quite a bit less energy bulky heating that way. But maybe I’m way too warm. I may try cutting back to see if that’ll help. I appreciate your suggestion