Lifetime titanium benefactor
Denial is the only method to deal with the flight durations.
Denial takes too much will power. I thought maybe certain drugs would work? No??
Great work. Really looks good.
Did your horns all come over black. My uncle’s mounts from last year look great but all the horns are darkened to the point of being black. I’m really wanting the horns on the Kudu in my profile pic to look like they did the day I shot him, not blacked out. Any ideas as an obviously talented taxidermist yourself
Thanks for the info Tim. Fixing to make another deposit to the Taxidermist, I’ll ask him what he uses.Thank you mate for the kind words.
Firstly, they aren't quite as black as the indoor photo makes them look. But yes they are all darkened.
The problem with horns is this. When living, the keratin that makes up horn (and fingernail etc) essentially supplies it's own oil from within to keep them hydrated, unlike antler which is bone. This obviously ceases when they die and the horns will dry out and split if they are not treated in some way, and the cleaning/boiling process accelerates this. The most common way to achieve this is to use Linseed oil or similar. This will darken the horn unfortunately but will fade a little in time.
Personally I use a 50/50 mix of Linseed oil and turps, this helps penetrate better and leaves them less 'oily' but will still darken them to a degree. But the color in the horn is still there, unlike the fake 'black painted' look.