ANTLER MOUNTS, STEP-BY-STEP

Step 1

ANTLER MOUNT STEP 1

Cut skull portion of horns so that they will fit into the slot molded into the horn mounting block.

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS When cut, the horns should fit properly into the slot.


Step 2

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS

Drill two holes into the skull and screw two dry wall screws into the horn mounting block.  If the screws should protrude out the back, they can be broken or ground off.

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS Side view of the skull plate positioned into the horn mount block.

 

Step 3

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS Mix the mache provided with water to a thick consistency.  Adding too much water will cause the mache to sag.  Smooth over the exposed skull plate blending the mache onto the horn mount block.  Let dry.
HORN ANTLER MOUNTS Side view with mache added.

tip:  Use Bondo instead of mache.  Sets much faster.  watch for sagging

 

Step 4

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS You are now ready to cover the horn mount block.  Measure the distance between the horn burrs as shown.

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS

In the middle of the felt material, spread two quarters the same distance apart as you measured on the skull.  The white lines represent the proper cutting angle.  see next step

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS

Cut along the white line to the center of the quarter, then cut the circle where the quarter was located, mark the quarter area with a pen prior to removing.

Step 5

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS Position the felt over the horn block.  Additional cuts will be needed as you position the felt in order to trim away unwanted material.  Pull the felt tight around the base and staple or tack material down
Side view showing proper angle for cut.

 

Step 6

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS Glue gold braid (or color of choice) around the base of the antler burr and the base of the mount.

Step 7

HORN ANTLER MOUNTS Drill two holes through the wood panel and attach the completed horn mount using the two drywall screws provided  Many also place gold braid around the base where it joins the panel.

Completed Horn Mount on wall

antler mount kit

 

        Consider these options:
Use hair-off tanned deer skin or Swede leather instead of felt.
Instead of gold braid, use braided leather shoe stings
Hot glue guns work well if available.
Wax the horns with Antler Conditioner  to rejuvenate them