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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.
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Re: Staining/Coloring Bleached Antlers

wood stain. mix red oak and walnut, works great. When I do a skull, most do not lose any color in the antlers but then occasionally I get one that the color washes out of when they soak. That is my method for bringing the color back. One tip is to hold the head skull UP and use a q-tip and cotton ball to apply the stain. Antlers up and you stand a real good chance of dripping stain on the skull. You'll only do that once! Then, after an hour or two, wipe it again with either a towel or cotton ball to remove excess stain. Then spray with a clear matte to seal it.
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