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Old 10-13-2008, 07:46 PM   #1
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Anybody have any good techniques on how to do a plaque type mount of some sawed off deer and elk antlers. Looking for some creative/COOL ideas. Never been too impressed with the kits you can order from Cabelas etc....


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Old 10-13-2008, 07:51 PM   #2
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Anybody have any good techniques on how to do a plaque type mount of some sawed off deer and elk antlers. Looking for some creative/COOL ideas. Never been too impressed with the kits you can order from Cabelas etc....


Pics would be cool!

Thanks
I was just getting ready to ask this question myself. I was thinking about getting a kit and giving the mount to my son. I also need to figure out how so cut them off as they are still attached to the head.
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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Are you looking at doing just the skull plate or the full euro? I recently found a pretty sweet website with some great plaques on it for really good prices. I just bought the broadhead euro mount plaque with the red mahogany stain. It's pretty sweet looking. Check out the website for some ideas.
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:41 PM   #4
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Here is one that a good friend of mine did. He cut out a 1/4 inch piece of plywood in the shape of the scull plate. He then screwed the antlers into the plywood and covered the scull plate with plaster. He then sanded it into the desired shape. He normally covers it in nauga hide or the material of choice then wraps gold cord around the base of the antlers. I wanted the beige nauga instead of the cord, so he used furniture tacks to hold it in place. All that was left to do was to find your base and screw the antlers from the back side and that is it. I did not put a "hanger" on it but instead, i put rubber "feet" on it so it can sit on a table top.



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Old 10-13-2008, 08:44 PM   #5
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I was just getting ready to ask this question myself. I was thinking about getting a kit and giving the mount to my son. I also need to figure out how so cut them off as they are still attached to the head.
I make a cut (with a hand saw) from the front right above the eyes sawing toward the back then cut down behind the antlers to meet the first cut. Main thing is just make sure you leave plenty of bone. Unless you want hair on it's best to skin it off soon before it dries.

[quote=Scrillznac;2214168]Are you looking at doing just the skull plate or the full euro? I recently found a pretty sweet website with some great plaques on it for really good prices. I just bought the broadhead euro mount plaque with the red mahogany stain. It's pretty sweet looking. Check out the website for some ideas.




These are not full skulls just sawed off antlers but I do a lot of European mounts too so I'll check out that site. Thanks!

What I really need to figure out is how to cover the bone. Buckskin? How to attach it?

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Here is one that a good friend of mine did. He cut out a 1/4 inch piece of plywood in the shape of the scull plate. He then screwed the antlers into the plywood and covered the scull plate with plaster. He then sanded it into the desired shape. He normally covers it in nauga hide or the material of choice then wraps gold cord around the base of the antlers. I wanted the beige nauga instead of the cord, so he used furniture tacks to hold it in place. All that was left to do was to find your base and screw the antlers from the back side and that is it. I did not put a "hanger" on it but instead, i put rubber "feet" on it so it can sit on a table top.



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I mounted up two sets of horns for a buddy at work. I bought Styrofoam from a craft shop and shaped and molded it to what I wanted. Then I purchased some leather from the local leather store and then stretched to go over what I made.

Lessons learned: Don't buy the Styrofoam from a craft shop and shape it. Purchase the shapes from a taxidermy supply store (more even shaped). Don't use oil based clays to fill in un-even areas (it leaks through the leather).

Here are a few pictures of one of the sets I did, about 3/4 of the way done.






I'll post more pictures, or you can PM me if you're interested.....

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Old 10-13-2008, 09:12 PM   #8
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Ran upstairs and turned on the other computer with the pictures on it.... Here are some more showing the process and final project. Realized the pictures I posted before were about mid-way through the project.













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Old 10-13-2008, 09:14 PM   #9
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Thanks OSU. Sounds like great advice on the taxidermy shapes.

What do you do to finish the edge where the leather meets the antlers? Craft glue the leather down??
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:16 PM   #10
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Ran upstairs and turned on the other computer with the pictures on it.... Here are some more showing the process and final project. Realized the pictures I posted before were about mid-way through the project.













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Wow! That turned out really nice. I see you put another band of leather around the pedicle to finish it. Glued on?
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Yes Joe, I glued the band on. When I stretched the leather out the first time to the shape, I stapled it to the back of the mount (I put a thin sheet of cardboard to do that). Then up near the bases I ran a bead of glue around it to hold it down. The guy I did them for was very happy with them, so I think they turned out okay.

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Here are a couple I did. Barn wood is fun to work with.

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Old 10-14-2008, 11:31 AM   #13
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That's really cool Big Unit, I love the uniqueness of the barn wood.

Thanks for all the info guys!
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