Anybody else stain horns?

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Anybody else stain horns?

Postby NVhunter » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:52 pm

I got into this a couple months ago, so far I've done about 10-15 horns, I am starting to get pretty good at it. All of these horns were at one point either hard white or chalk white, the last elk horn is one that I pulled out of the yard that had been sitting in the sun for about 4 years. If there is anyone else who stains horns please post some picture's I'd like to see them. Let me know what you guy's think.

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Re: Anybody else stain horns?

Postby MuleyMadness » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:36 am

I'll be doing some hopefully sooner than later, whats your secret?

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Re: Anybody else stain horns?

Postby NVhunter » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:18 am

I sand them down with I think 80 grain sand paper and I have some horn stain from Van Dykes taxidermy. I go about 5 to 1 with stain and water (5 stain to 1 water). I dip a rag into the stain and apply it to the horn very lightly until I get the color that I am looking for.
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Re: Anybody else stain horns?

Postby a_bow_nut » Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:29 pm

Here are a couple of pictures of a two point that I stipped the velvet off of and stained up.

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Re: Anybody else stain horns?

Postby NVhunter » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:25 pm

10sign: That looks good!
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Re: Anybody else stain horns?

Postby Mularcher » Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:43 pm

Those look real good. I actually just starting getting into this... I had an old Whitetail set that was a little mangled so I had a friend in Utah recreate what was messed up. When I got them back I just had to add my touch starting with epoxy to mold different shapes and scrapes. I've been using water based Burnt Umber and Walnut stain. I'll post pictures when the set is complete hopefully it will be hard to find what was added.
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Re: Anybody else stain horns?

Postby Mularcher » Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:36 am

Here's the Whitetail set that was repaired and I added my staining touch. Can anyone tell what was fixed? I'm hoping not.
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Re: Anybody else stain horns?

Postby waspocrew » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:30 pm

Those look pretty awesome... I've got a few sets that I inherited from a grandpa and I'd like to get them looking nice again. They spent quite a few years in his attic and are pretty bleached. It's cool to see that this works pretty well!

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Re: Anybody else stain horns?

Postby Mularcher » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:50 pm

If you need any paint or stain help let me know I tried oil and water based paint also stain topped them off with a matte finish spray paint.
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Re: Anybody else stain horns?

Postby waspocrew » Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:15 pm

Mularcher wrote:If you need any paint or stain help let me know I tried oil and water based paint also stain topped them off with a matte finish spray paint.


I'll hit you up for sure when I get around to staining them! I only have a week left in summer school and I should have a bit more time on my hands then. Thanks!


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