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Old 08-28-2014, 10:55 AM   #1
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With some guidance from Texastaxi, I finished my first european mount on this corsican I took at Thompson Temple's place last month. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. What do ya'll think?
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:56 AM   #2
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Looks really good to me!
How hard was it?
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:58 AM   #3
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That looks real good- proffessional quality.

Mind sharing how you did it? I know those rams are tricky with the horns
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:01 AM   #4
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The horns need to go down further on the cores, but overall I think you did great.
It looks very clean.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:05 AM   #5
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Looks really good to me!
How hard was it?
It wasn't hard at all. I did it by maceration.

- skinned head
- put head in black trash bag with a little water in it to create moisture. Keep in the sun with bag closed. Do this until the sheaths slip off the horns.
- placed in covered tub of water for 2 weeks (keep outside in the heat)
- After 2 weeks the skull was basically clean of all meat
- put in bucket of clear dawn soap water to degrease. (do this repeatedly until the water is no longer cloudy)
- set out to dry once completely degreased
- put in tub of 40 peroxide (completely submerged) for 6-8 hrs

Thats about all to it really. I used elmers glue/water mix and applied it to the skull as a sealer. Then used gorilla glue to put the sheaths back over the horns so they stay put.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:07 AM   #6
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The horns need to go down further on the cores, but overall I think you did great.
It looks very clean.
I worked and worked those freakin horns. cutting and trimming off bone and they just wouldn't go anywhere! I don't know what the heck the problem is with em but i decided i'd be happy the way it is haha! We're about to move so I needed to finish this project as soon as possible. Thanks again Texastaxi!
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:14 AM   #7
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Looks good! So did you have to remove the horns from the skull or do they stay on throughout the process? If they did stay on, were they also submerged in the water and H2o2?

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Old 08-28-2014, 11:24 AM   #8
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Looks great
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:28 AM   #9
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Looks good! So did you have to remove the horns from the skull or do they stay on throughout the process? If they did stay on, were they also submerged in the water and H2o2?
the horns are what I called the "sheaths". In the step where you put it in a black trash bag in the heat, leave it in there a couple days and the horns should just slip off the bone. You don't put them back on until the very last step after the skull has been completely finished. I did put them in hot soapy water for a little bit to get the stink out.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:40 AM   #10
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Good Job. Does it still smell like a goat?
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:24 PM   #11
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Looks good
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:50 PM   #12
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the horns are what I called the "sheaths". In the step where you put it in a black trash bag in the heat, leave it in there a couple days and the horns should just slip off the bone. You don't put them back on until the very last step after the skull has been completely finished. I did put them in hot soapy water for a little bit to get the stink out.
Do you have pics of this process?
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:08 PM   #13
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Looks great you should be proud to put that on the wall.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:41 PM   #14
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I worked and worked those freakin horns. cutting and trimming off bone and they just wouldn't go anywhere! I don't know what the heck the problem is with em but i decided i'd be happy the way it is haha! We're about to move so I needed to finish this project as soon as possible. Thanks again Texastaxi!

The sheaths will shrink a bit when they dry. You have to trim the bone with a sawzall to narrow them up a bit. I screw in a bolt and spread bondo over the nub and bolt and slip the horn into place.

Still a good looking piece!
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:44 PM   #15
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Looks good but I bet the process stunk to high heaven.
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:10 PM   #16
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Looks great
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:14 PM   #17
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:49 PM   #18
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Nice work
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:20 PM   #19
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One of the things I do when putting the sheaths back on is to trim the cores like El Bigoton mentions than I put the sheath in hot water to heat them up. Makes them some what flexible. Push them on real hard and while holding them in place put a small screw in place through the sheath into the core. Do this in the back at the base of the horn. When the sheaths have cooled back down, remove the screw, remove the sheathes and add your adhesive of choice and reinstall the sheaths. They'll fit like gloves!!

Excellent job on the skull mount BTW
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:52 AM   #20
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Very Nice Work.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:00 PM   #21
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Looks good!!!
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:36 PM   #22
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:30 PM   #23
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:57 AM   #24
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Way to go homie!
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:20 PM   #25
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Awesome work, brotha!!
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Old 09-02-2014, 06:49 PM   #26
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Old 07-06-2017, 11:30 PM   #27
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I worked and worked those freakin horns. cutting and trimming off bone and they just wouldn't go anywhere! I don't know what the heck the problem is with em but i decided i'd be happy the way it is haha! We're about to move so I needed to finish this project as soon as possible. Thanks again Texastaxi!
You have to heat the ends with boiling water to soften and they will slide all the way down to the base. Shouldn't need to apply any adhesive.
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