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Contributors to this thread:
Skippy 04-Feb-18
Bou'bound 04-Feb-18
Shug 04-Feb-18
Charlie Rehor 04-Feb-18
Charlie Rehor 04-Feb-18
Charlie Rehor 04-Feb-18
walking buffalo 04-Feb-18
The last savage 04-Feb-18
Pat Lefemine 04-Feb-18
Franklin 04-Feb-18
keepemsharp 04-Feb-18
walking buffalo 04-Feb-18
Skippy 04-Feb-18
milnrick 04-Feb-18
Rob in VT 04-Feb-18
Rob in VT 04-Feb-18
Rob in VT 04-Feb-18
Rob in VT 04-Feb-18
drycreek 04-Feb-18
APauls 05-Feb-18
SJJ 05-Feb-18
SBH 05-Feb-18
Cheesehead Mike 05-Feb-18
wilbur 05-Feb-18
ROUGHCOUNTRY 05-Feb-18
ROUGHCOUNTRY 05-Feb-18
Destroyer350 05-Feb-18
Skippy 05-Feb-18
Rth1229 05-Feb-18
From: Skippy
04-Feb-18
Has anyone ever used stain or a similar product on antlers to bring color back to bleached out antlers? I have a couple of European's I would like to add color to. Thanks!

From: Bou'bound
04-Feb-18
Yes

From: Shug
04-Feb-18
Use burnt umber oil paint lacquer thinner and a clean cotton rag as well as a paint brush to really darken the bases.

Put a dab of paint on the rag moisten it with thinner and rub it into the antlers.

You can darken and lighten it to your liking

04-Feb-18

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What shug said. I use this stain from VanDykes. Darker at the bases then lighter as you move out by thinning a bit with paint thinner.

04-Feb-18

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Before staining

04-Feb-18

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Newfy bull after staining! Not hard at all!

04-Feb-18
No need for "special" for Antlers products sold at a premium. Just use any good quality wood stain.

The beauty with wood stains is you can mix them or do several applications using several tones.

Light oak for those prairie bucks, Black walnut and Cherry for those deep forest bucks...

04-Feb-18
Man Charlie,,they look great!!

From: Pat Lefemine
04-Feb-18
Damn, that's impressive Charlie!

From: Franklin
04-Feb-18
That is a nice job....many taxidermists struggle with getting the right color and finish especially on repos. Unless your versed I would purchase the "antler stain"...they have already done the "leg work" on tint/finish. VanDykes/ McKensie`s also carries your Havalon blades for your replaceable blade knives.

From: keepemsharp
04-Feb-18
that's some pretty stuff Charlie.

04-Feb-18
How many colours can you achieve with VanDykes? One? And what is is made from, wood stain? ;)

Use wood stains following the same process as VanDykes, Wipe on, wipe off, Add some more in chosen areas, thin/erase with solvent if needed. . Finish off by lightly sanding the tips on those elk with 400 grit.. make them shine like ivory.

It is really so easy. Don't be shy, Just do it. :)

From: Skippy
04-Feb-18
That looks great Charlie, thanks for all tips guys.

From: milnrick
04-Feb-18
Try old English furniture polish dark oak. Works great

From: Rob in VT
04-Feb-18

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This dead head had many cracks and was chalky. It need more than just color, but to answer your original question Minwax Early American was the color I used.

From: Rob in VT
04-Feb-18

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Final product.

From: Rob in VT
04-Feb-18

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This shed needed some tine repair, cracks filled, and color. Same stain was used as with the Mulie.

From: Rob in VT
04-Feb-18

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From: drycreek
04-Feb-18
Y'all do good work !

From: APauls
05-Feb-18
Lots of times. We've got a cabinet shop, so I have my pick of colors :) Very easy. Just dip a rag in the stain and work your way from the bases to the tips. That way when the rag has less stain on it you are at a point in the antlers that are lighter. Bases get dark and it looks very natural. Not at home right now so don't have a pic on hand, but I havea number of racks stained no one every notices.

From: SJJ
05-Feb-18
Potassium Permanganate is what you want

From: SBH
05-Feb-18
Those look awesome. Nice job guys. One thought i had would be to practice on some small sheds and mess with colors on some horns you don't care as much about.

05-Feb-18

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After painting
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After painting
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The paints I used
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The paints I used
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Acrylic paint

From: wilbur
05-Feb-18

wilbur's Link
Old England Scratch Polish

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
05-Feb-18

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Interesting thread.........Most people wouldn't know what a good taxidermy mount or antler "stain" job looked like. If details are pointed out, then some folks can appreciate the difference. I do some antler repair projects and mostly use oil points and layer different colors. "Staining" with one tone doesn't give me satisfactory results. I will say that there are some red flags that make antler coloring jobs look fake. 1. Down towards the base is where most rubbing occurs. Color is distributed down in the channels and veins of the antler. Rubbed high spots like bumps and ridges should be lighter. Most color too dark and don't have highlights around the antler bases. 2. Farther up on the antler the reverse happens normally past the brow tines. Most color is distributed on the higher flat spots with vein channels much lighter.

What happens with most people applying a stain with a brush or rag? The bases are much too dark without good lighter tones and further up the antler and beam the stain goes down in the veining and low spots. Your eye is seeing the reversal of mother nature and they look phony.

This whitetail antler was basically white from a game preserve and the shed pedical had been sawed off while under sedation. I reattached a natural shed pedical, sculpted in the juncture, brought the entire antler to the same tone and then painted follow the RULES of how color is normally distributed on antler from rubbing and polishing.

Most antler tones can be achieved with raw and burnt umber, raw and burnt sienna, black, yellow ochre and white. Applying some shredded bark is a nice touch as well.

From: ROUGHCOUNTRY
05-Feb-18

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These elk antlers were also sawed off from a zoo I think. Anyhow, natural shed pedicles were reattached and sculpted in matching tones. I don't have the final photo but there is a slightly darker tone on the repair which was blended after I lightened and highlighted the burred out high spots down around the rosette.

From: Destroyer350
05-Feb-18

Destroyer350's Link
Hidden Instinct has a great video on using coffee grounds. I attached the link.

From: Skippy
05-Feb-18
You guys do some nice work. I think I'm going to try the coffee grounds. Thanks again!

From: Rth1229
05-Feb-18
Rough country and Charlie are both hired when i need some stain work done! Great work y’all they look awesome

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