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Reply #15 - Jun 27th, 2011 at 9:26am
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Your not wrong there Grandad, thats a very impressive head.

Quality work on your part too re: colouring.  Looks great!
  
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Reply #16 - Jun 27th, 2011 at 12:11pm
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wow he came up very well grandad! good work.
  
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Reply #17 - Nov 18th, 2011 at 10:49am
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Whats the ratio for mixing with water?
  

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Reply #18 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 10:39am
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brian wrote on Nov 18th, 2011 at 10:49am:
Whats the ratio for mixing with water?


See Reply 14. 25g to a large coffee mug of boiling water.
  

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Reply #19 - Nov 20th, 2011 at 7:36pm
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Reply #20 - Feb 14th, 2012 at 12:47pm
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Gonna resurrect this post for a bit - just about to colour a velvet head I stripped.
The bit about the pearling I don't understand.
Should do I just run the edge down the 'ridges' in order to expose the white?

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Reply #21 - Feb 14th, 2012 at 1:19pm
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Yes, exactly. What u are doing is replicating the same shiny surface the stag achieves with his rubbing and slashing.  The bark juices stay in the material of the pearling "gullies" and act on the bone to produce the color.  The color depends on what type of wood/shrubs/tussock he has thrashed upon.
Use the back of a heavy sheath knife or a steel rule.
  

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Reply #22 - Feb 14th, 2012 at 5:32pm
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For those who run across this thread in the future - check out trademe.
Seller called countingsheep1 in Hawkes Bay.
I just got 200g of PM to my door for just under $12+Post.

  
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Reply #23 - Feb 22nd, 2012 at 8:28pm
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Great thread, I never knew it was done like this.

That may well be cause Im yet to bag my first deer.
Some clever buggers on here.

I can only imagine what the bath looks like (mentioned earlier for medical treatment with the potassium) when the kids are in it, like a homicide!
  
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Reply #24 - Jun 21st, 2012 at 10:02am
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I've done a couple of heads this way before but never a fallow head. I while back I offered to colour up a fallow head for a mate, he wasn't really fussed so I grabbed it anyway and finally got around to doing it over the last couple of days.
This guys one of those people who don't really care about trophys but always seems to stumble across some really nice heads, typical!
This is a beautiful head and deserved to be tidied up and put on the wall.

Here's the before shots:









I was still pretty nervous about doing this, especially the palms. It turned out a little darker than I was planning but I'm still reasonable happy with how it turned out.

Here's the finished result:









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Reply #25 - Jun 21st, 2012 at 10:12am
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nice head with an unusually wide shape to it.
came up well jamie, looks much better coloured up. personally i think the palm points need whitening up though.
  
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Reply #26 - Jun 21st, 2012 at 10:14am
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Your color is OK, heads from Kaipara & Wairarapa (polished on Kanuka) are that color. Blue mountains too. I think u did a good job.  I might have left a tad more color on the inside of the palms.

Good result tho. Well done.
  

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Reply #27 - Feb 3rd, 2015 at 2:01pm
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Reply #28 - Feb 9th, 2015 at 5:40pm
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Ok so I have gone and bought myself some of this stuff and am gonna have a bit of a play.
Now these heads all look awesome but granted that not all antlers are the same colour ,is it possible to use a weaker mix to achieve a slightly less darker antler ?After a lighter brown even reddish look if ya know what I'm saying

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Reply #29 - Feb 9th, 2015 at 8:03pm
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Yes, that really comes with experience, but it's just a matter of a weaker mixture and applying less.  Before you start, read the original post by Madness  and some that I did a couple of years back, when I was doing a lot of that work.
  

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