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Making Cast for Deer Antler Reproduction Answered

My dad and I go deer hunting, and just today my dad got a small 5-point buck. When we went to get it cleaned, we asked to keep the antlers with a small region of the skull (skullplate) attached. I have it outside currently so that the remaining hide and can dry. They look pretty good, and I wanted to make a reproduction of them by making a mold. I've never made a mold before in my life, so I don't know what to use. I thought about Plaster of Paris, but I don't have any. I know it's made of gypsum, and I could get some of that from spare drywall. I'm really confused about it. If anybody has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Thanks!

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knoxmj19 (author)2012-02-04

I would suggest that if you do cast antlers in plaster, or anything you have to cut with a blade, you will want to coat them in plastic wrap or shrink wrap (do it tight to keep the details) so that if you have to cut, you wont gouge the antlers.

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FyreHeart (author)2012-02-02

I was looking at this too, but for different reasons:
I have a full deer skull, with four pronged antlers. I wanted to make a cast or mold for a deer skull mask to wear, and I wanted to know what would be the best way to go about that.

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theque (author)2007-10-13

but then again it wouldnt stand up to the heat...

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theque (author)2007-10-13

yeah what kiteman just said, Silicon Rubber . Then i suppose plaster to fill in the mold? Unless you want to make a solid gold one ;)

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