What stain and how did you apply it, ie....rag, brush, steel wool spots, and so forth. Details if you will.
Nice work too!
Looks good! I bet he will be elated! Those are the kinds of gifts that really mean something.
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In case others want to give this project a shot:
Skull cleaning- I simply simmered skull for 2 to 3 hours and would pick/scrape meat off every 30 minutes or so until satisfied (No Bleach! I found that out the hard way on a previous project ). Towards the end I tossed in some Borate to help speed up the degreasing process.
Antler staining- After a bit of research, I settled on using potassium permanganate as the source for a staining agent. The stuff looks purple mixed up and I have to admit, I was second guessing brushing the stuff on lol! But once it begins to dry it starts to turn a nice light brown color on the first coat (I used one of those small foam brushes for applying). If you desire a darker look just keep on applying more coats until you get the color you want. I believe I used a 1/2 tsp for around 1/2 cup water.
Skull Whitening- For skull whitening I used the 40 Vol hair stuff you can buy at the local salon. I have heard there is another activation powder you can buy along with the 40 Vol for even better results, not sure on the name. Anyhow, I brushed the above product on and wrapped the skull with saran wrap to keep it from drying out. After a few hours I brushed off the excess whitening agent with a boot brush and repeated the process. I may do one more coat and stick it out in the sun for an even whiter finished product. Some of the more experienced guys/gals may have a better process they can share.
Wooden Stand- The stand was fairly simple to make and I managed to do it with nothing more than a jig saw, orbital sander and screw gun. Heres a pic showing how I came up with a homemade stencil-
I also found out (of course the hard-way) that the easiest way to get a good stencil is to get one side how you want and then cut out only half of your form. Then take your cut out piece and flip it over to trace out a perfectly symmetrical stencil-
The rest is downhill, a circular base is what I chose for the bottom and a 1x2 for the angled piece (I think I picked 35 degrees for the angle I wanted). To mark the angle on the 1x2 I simply used a generic squaring tool that can be bought at Lowes for like $10. My stain of choice was Early American and I used a cheap paint brush to apply the stain. Be sure to be careful when screwing your skull to the freshly stained board, for it will scratch easy! When I do this project again I might put electrical tape on the contact points to prevent any teeth and other unwanted marks. Then remove once you have your pilot holes drilled.
Well heck, plenty of experience with the potassium, was hoping you found stain that worked.
Last potassium I got from jesse, don't want to bother him again for some vs. stain I can buy any store.
Do you have a local source to purchase potassium?
Will swing by next time in town.
You can get KMNO4 anywhere they sell water conditioning stuff...including Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, etc, etc, etc.