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Mounting Antlers

I have done a few antlers on a plaque in the past. I have screwed the anters into a plywood oval, then used paper mache to build up the base and cover that with felt then onto the plaque. I think they look OK, but I really struggle with the paper mache.

What could I use in place of the paper mache?

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i leave a good chunk of skull and neatly form it into a kind of heart shape. then i use brass screws and mount it like that. if its a good buck, i make a euro mount.

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Magic Sculpt . . . works great and smooths out to a great finish. Just a tad expensive, but the results are great. You can paint it or stain ( I think ) it;

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Magic Sculpt . . . works great and smooths out to a great finish. Just a tad expensive, but the results are great. You can paint it or stain ( I think ) it;
Fly Guy, where did you get the Magic Sculpt from and about how much do you need to mount a set of antlers?

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You can get it from VanDykes Taxidermy Supply or pick it up on ebay. It is a two part apoxie. It is used to repair antlers and fill in holes drilled for antler lamps (among other countless things) If you are filling in the back of the skull cap to make it solid, I would say 3 pounds (1.5 of Part A and 1.5 of Part B) but if you are just doing the top part of the skull, you could get away with 1.5 pounds total

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Thanks, I'll start off with 5 lbs. I may fill in the back of the cap with paper mache and do the outside shaping with the magic sculpt.

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you can save a lot of work by using an antler mount mannikin

you also use a lot less mache or magic sculpt.

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Re: Mounting Antlers

Thanks Bohunr, but I should have been a little more specific in my original post, I have everything else, plaques, bases, hardware. I am just looking for an alternative to the paper mache.

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Re: Mounting Antlers

Here is what I did, cut the skull plate flat on the back and V shape under the antlers. Filled the skull with plaster and put those plastic screw anchors in the wet plaster, gives you something to screw into. Not the biggest rack but my first xbow buck

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