- December 15, 2017 at 7:51 AM #3712
I was wondering if anyone has a preference in how they restore antlers to their former glory… I find shed antlers (or better yet, my brother finds them because he is a farm hand) that have been bleached by the sun. I also have a few sawed off skull plates of my dad’s and mine that have also faded over time that I would love to restore to their natural beauty. I feel like this is a common thing most hunters deal with. Is there any tried and proven methods out there that work and don’t damage the antlers?
- December 15, 2017 at 8:43 AM #3716huntaholicModerator
I haven’t tried restoration of antlers yet. I’ll be interested to here anything to try. I have them all over my Man Cave
- December 15, 2017 at 11:40 AM #3719BravoParticipant
I have heard that it helps to Soak them in Water, maybe try that to see if it helps. Good Project !
- December 15, 2017 at 2:32 PM #3724
I read somewhere that wood staining works well on antlers but I don’t want to ruin them or make them look unnatural.
- December 15, 2017 at 6:51 PM #3726OutdoorsmanParticipant
I’ve heard that Old English Furniture Polish works good on putting color back on the Horns.
- December 15, 2017 at 8:28 PM #3727Crane ManParticipant
Haven’t seen anything on this, keep us posted !
- December 16, 2017 at 12:53 PM #3732
I saw something about old English as well. Curious to know if anyone has tried it and what the result was.
- December 18, 2017 at 6:09 PM #3735
I seem to have found a method that works. I saw on Pinterest that I could make a mixture that consisted of one tablespoon of coffee grounds and a teabag and let it soak for about 15 minutes and use that. Tried it and it made the antlers look a light yellow-red color like they would if a buck had been scraping an oak tree maybe. So, to darken them further, I added a few drops of wood stain to the mix. I used some walnut stain I had from a previous project, but cedar or oak would probably look better. I also placed a few drops on a piece of paper beside the mixture so I could control how dark I wanted it to be before applying to the antlers. It worked surprisingly well. the 6 point I was trying to darken did not have very dark antlers to begin with, so I was very satisfied with the result. However, if you want to make your antlers darker, don’t use as much water as I did. Also, keep an eye on the effects of the stain. Diluted with water, it didn’t really darken as quick as it does on wood. However, if you’re going to use less water, then I would recommend treating it just like you would if you were staining wood.
Pictures of finished product below! The after picture doesn’t do it justice.
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- December 18, 2017 at 6:13 PM #3738
- December 18, 2017 at 9:34 PM #3740huntaholicModerator
Very Cool ! I like the difference between the Horns.
- December 18, 2017 at 10:14 PM #3741OutdoorsmanParticipant
Good Job on the Antlers ! I need to see if I can find me some Sheds this Spring.
- December 18, 2017 at 10:21 PM #3742BravoParticipant
Great looking Horns ! going to have to try that.
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