Staining/Coloring Bleached Antlers
I have a couple of dead heads that I found over the years with one being a 140 class 10 point. I would like to make some nice euro mounts but the antlers are somewhat bleached. They are not chalky and cracked, just lacking color.
I would like some advice from the experts on what products/methods to use to stain/color the antlers back to original color. I have heard a myriad of ideas from wood stain to used motor oil to coffee to raw umber oil based paints to taxidermists antler stain (potassium perm.) to taking pine branches and rubbing to color back on naturally to soaking it with tea bags to shoe polish ad on and on.
I would like to know what works the best in your opinions. Any before/after pics would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.