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Old 02-14-2021, 01:11 PM   #1
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Now that we have so much down time, I知 going to try my hand at making some nice, custom rattling horns.

My goals are:
Stain some really nice sets
Figure out leather grips
Leather lanyard
Possibly engrave my initials

Here are pics of one horn I did yesterday and one I知 working on today:
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Old 02-14-2021, 01:11 PM   #2
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Old 02-14-2021, 01:13 PM   #3
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Old 02-14-2021, 01:31 PM   #4
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You wanna sell a set?
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Old 02-14-2021, 01:45 PM   #5
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I doubt it. You might want to wait and see the final product. Might not be worth anything!
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Old 02-14-2021, 01:48 PM   #6
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Wonder how long before the wife gets ****** about me taking over the kitchen table??
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Old 02-14-2021, 01:58 PM   #7
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What is it you are using to wrap them where you place your hands?
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Old 02-14-2021, 02:02 PM   #8
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What is it you are using to wrap them where you place your hands?
I bought 2 different leather weave products off of EBay. One is a flat weave that I am trying on the grips. Using contact cement to attach. We will see how that works.
The other is a round weave that I値l use as the lanyard.
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Old 02-14-2021, 02:03 PM   #9
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I doubt it. You might want to wait and see the final product. Might not be worth anything!
Shoot.... I知 more of a function over looks guy anyways!
But I bet they turn out great!
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Old 02-14-2021, 02:05 PM   #10
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Ps... I have a ton of leather material if you need a few pieces. I have all kinds of elephant, buffalo, cow, ect...
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Old 02-14-2021, 02:36 PM   #11
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:05 PM   #12
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1st set done. (Maybe)

The second horn of this set still had traces of velvet on it. That made things complicated. When staining, the 電irty part would stain darker. I decided to sand all that off. Now I can稚 get the horn dark enough to match the 1st one.

The grip on the second one was hard to get uniform and round, so the leather weave is harder to get glued.

I値l let it cure overnight and see if I need to apply more contact cement.
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Old 02-14-2021, 07:06 PM   #13
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Old 02-14-2021, 08:55 PM   #14
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I bought 2 different leather weave products off of EBay. One is a flat weave that I am trying on the grips. Using contact cement to attach. We will see how that works.
The other is a round weave that I値l use as the lanyard.
What size are you using? It痴 kinda hard to tell by the photos. It looks like 5mm and 10mm are available.
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Old 02-14-2021, 09:48 PM   #15
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5mm. I think larger would be better.
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Old 02-14-2021, 10:06 PM   #16
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My hands always appreciate it when the brow tines are removed for rattling antlers. Those look good though!
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Old 02-14-2021, 10:58 PM   #17
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I rattle with the right horn in my left hand (turned away) and the left horn in my right hand. I find if I keep the brow on the horn in my left hand and remove the other, it works for me. The brow sorta works as a shield from the other antler.
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Old 02-15-2021, 04:53 AM   #18
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I use to rattle a lot of bucks in south TX with real set antlers like yours.
Best thing I got is nip the tips bc it never fails when you try to mock a real buck fight you gotta get to hitting and scraping hard. I cant tell u how many times I got cut before I decided to blunt the tips...mostly the brows.
Nice job!
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Old 02-15-2021, 09:11 AM   #19
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My hands always appreciate it when the brow tines are removed for rattling antlers. Those look good though!
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cut the eye guards off before ya beat yer hands/thumbs to pulp. Screaming like a girl during a rattling sequence is counter productive to actually rattling a buck in close.....
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Old 02-17-2021, 04:27 PM   #21
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Looks good, thanks for posting, I might need to try this.
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Old 02-17-2021, 04:31 PM   #22
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Set #2 just about done. I had to order more leather braid for the handles.
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:05 PM   #23
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Where do I place my order?
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Old 02-17-2021, 06:14 PM   #24
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Looks good man!
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Old 02-17-2021, 08:59 PM   #25
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I don稚 think my work is worthy of compensation.....
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Old 02-17-2021, 09:07 PM   #26
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Don't sell yourself short! I think they look great. Thanks for sharing!

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Old 02-17-2021, 09:21 PM   #27
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Really like the look of those! You're giving me some ideas.
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:31 AM   #28
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I was worried that the leather wrap would not stay attached. So far, it looks pretty good.

Some lessons learned. It would be great to have a belt sander to round the part of the antler where the leather wrap goes. All I have is some small, electric hand sanders and it does not get the job done. I might try my worksharp knife sharpener, but really need access to a knife maker with a commercial band sander to help with the sanding.
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Old 02-18-2021, 08:25 PM   #29
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Those look pretty dang nice. Wish I was good at using those things. They would still make nice decorations.
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Tried my hand at engraving. I知 not very artistic....
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My hands always appreciate it when the brow tines are removed for rattling antlers. Those look good though!
Same. But those look great.
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Old 02-23-2021, 10:34 AM   #32
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I watched a video once of a guy who did this. One of the things he commented on was the sound produced by older antlers. As they dry out, they make a diff sound. He would once a year soak his overnight in olive oil or some type of cooking oil and then hang them for a few days to drip dry. He claimed that would give them a heavier louder sound. No idea if he was full of crap or not, but it seemed legit. Good work btw.
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I watched a video once of a guy who did this. One of the things he commented on was the sound produced by older antlers. As they dry out, they make a diff sound. He would once a year soak his overnight in olive oil or some type of cooking oil and then hang them for a few days to drip dry. He claimed that would give them a heavier louder sound. No idea if he was full of crap or not, but it seemed legit. Good work btw.
Interesting
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Old 02-23-2021, 09:04 PM   #34
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I watched a video once of a guy who did this. One of the things he commented on was the sound produced by older antlers. As they dry out, they make a diff sound. He would once a year soak his overnight in olive oil or some type of cooking oil and then hang them for a few days to drip dry. He claimed that would give them a heavier louder sound. No idea if he was full of crap or not, but it seemed legit. Good work btw.
I soak mine every year in October for about 2-3 days in a 5 gallon bucket of water. They will hold that heavy sound for a few weeks.
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:24 AM   #36
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Very nice. What brand of contact cement did you use? Did you end up using a lot? How do they seem to be holding up?
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Old 03-01-2021, 11:14 AM   #37
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Very nice. What brand of contact cement did you use? Did you end up using a lot? How do they seem to be holding up?
I'll have to look when I get home. I bought it at Lowe's I think. Obviously I have not used them yet, but they seem to be holding up well.

I painted two coats onto the antler, and stretched out the leather wrap and did my best to paint some on the back of it. I wrapped it as tight as I could and let it cure. Then I took a rubber mallet and tapped all around wrap to help it adhere.

I added some cement where the wrap started and stopped to make sure those areas had extra protection
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