I was recently contacted by a friend of a friend of a friend with a Caribou mount that had suffered a cruel demonstration of gravitational force, resulting in a chipped and cracked antler. When I stopped by to inspect it, it became quite clear this part had been broken before and undergone a sub-par repair job with mis-matching paint to boot.
What I did first was use an industrial strength epoxy bond to get the actual pieces back together. After it had set, I recreated the original surface with a sculptural epoxy. I finessed it with water and my fingers, then allowed it to dry.
The view from the back:
After completely drying, I did a little sanding (like my tween girl nail polish?) to eliminate any hidden bumps or uneven surfaces that didn’t belong on the antler.
Next came the painting. A few coats, some blending, some magic, and voila! Repaired antlers.
And that, my friends, is just another one of the things this taxidermist does.