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Restoring bleached antler

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Hi All,

I have been given some badly bleached antler. After some experimenting to bring them back to life I finally got

what I thought were some good results.

I first bleached them to remove some green mouldy stuff and other stains, applied a light walnut stain and then

coated the lot with clear rust guard.

You can see a restored antler next to the bleached sample in the first pic. On the third pic I left the crown polished. It came up a treat

Please see the results below.


PS the fallow dear rack cost me a carton of beer (about A$40). Dead cheap!!!


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Very nice rack! I have taken desert dried antler, sanded it, then applied a finish of tung oil to get it "popped" back into life. I know a fellow who uses walnut stain on the antlers...never tried that.

Regardless, very nice job and finishing.

By the way, I also inlay hand knapped stone arrow heads (not Native American artifacts) on some of my antler topped sticks. Big hit with the western aficionados. :)
I will experiment with the sanding and tongue oil. I assume it gives a smooth, brilliant white result??? Or does the tongue oil alter the colour?
Tung oil will impart some yellowish color to the piece...slightly. The better hand knapped stone arrow heads around here are from Mexico and run about 11 cents a piece...., or .11 dollars a piece.
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