Antelope horn colorContributors to this thread:
Charlie Rehor 28-Jan-16
Bear Track 28-Jan-16
What do taxidermist use to color Antelope horn or do they even use anything? I've got a set that look dull and want to brighten them up because I'm thinking of making a knife out of them. Thanks.
Some taxis on here, but I can tell you that they paint them with something, because they seem to start fading as soon as they hit the ground.
I use a blend of linseed oil and paint thinner on my euro mounts.
Ya there nice an black until ya kill them then they fade away. Damn them lopes are strange critters!
Must remember that the horns are really strands of hair. Totally different than antlers.
Not sure how good of a knife handle they would make, might want to check into that since they are just "caps"
Sheaths and I've already worked through that problem. Just looking for coloring or stain to use.
From: Charlie Rehor
Black liquid shoe polish works for me.
From: Bear Track
I mist them slightly with an air brush and black dye, not going near the tips.
try Dark Brown Lather Dye from Tandy's. works great as they are not truly Black but a very dark Brown. I also add a small amount of black dye to the brown to get just the right color.
My taxidermist just recommends mineral oil for pronghorn mounts. That's all I use about once a year and they look natural.
I have been told that WD-40 also helps to restore the color. Spray & wipe.
I have never put anything on any of mine, have never noticed any fading and I have a lot of them. Guess I will have to take a look at them after seeing this but I would think I would have noticed it if there was much of a change.
All mine are BLACK.
I use black shoe polish also but not the liquid.
Old English...and you're done!