This post will cover how to take antlers and attach them to an artificial skull. This can be done with shed antlers or antlers taken from a hunt. In this post we use antlers taken from a buck harvested many years ago.
- Artificial Skull (McKenzie Taxidermy Supply)
- Pair of Antlers
- Hanger and screws
- Drill bits and counter sink
- Not pictured (epoxy and Martha Stewart paint)
1. Cut off antlers using bone saw. I like to use a vice to clamp the antlers. If you are using shed antlers you can skip this step. This is a great learning opportunity for the little one.
2. This photo shows how the antlers will be attached to the skull with the square pins. These pins were too long so I cut them in half which made them the perfect size.
3. Drill hole in antlers for metal pins
4. Test fit to make sure everything fits properly. This photo shows how the metal pins have been cut down and the antlers are drilled out.
5. Put epoxy in the antlers and the artificial skull. Do not put too much, you want the metal pins to be able to slide in and move a little.
6. Once the antlers are in the desired position, tape them in place and walk away for several hours. Come back once the epoxy has hardened.
7. In this case the base of the skull was larger than my antlers. I used a Dremel tool to grind down the skull to better match the antlers. This step may be unnecessary if you have larger antlers.
8. Fill in gaps with epoxy and let dry.
9. Paint the epoxy to blend into the skull. I've found Martha Stewart "Wedding Cake" with a chalk finish blends in nicely with most skulls. This paint can be found at Micheal's.
10. Seal the skull with Krylon, Matt Finish 1311. This is a non yellowing sealant.
11. Add hanger and pre-drill holes and counter sink for screws that will go into skull.
12. Screw plaque to skull.
13. Hang on wall and enjoy!
Another shot with a filter.
I hope this post was helpful. Feel free to leave comments below and I'll respond as soon as possible. Also feel free to shoot me an email.