Deer Head Faux Taxidermy




Introduction: Deer Head Faux Taxidermy

About: One Man Army

Deer head gor your drawing room wall

Step 1: Materials

Old newspapers
Binding wires
paper tapes
Plaster of Paris
Chalk Powder
Poster colours
spray paint

Step 2: Base for Deer Head

Cut out basic shape of deer head out of cardboard using pair of scissors, stuff with old newspapers

Step 3: Wrap Head With Paper Tape

After stuffing and making basic shape, wrap up with paper tape

Step 4: Paper Mache Strips

make dilute water and flour paste in a bowl, cut strips of old newspaper, dip strips in paste and wrap around the head. apply two to three layers and leave for 24 to 48 hours for dry up

Step 5: Horns and Ears

Twist 4 Binding wires and make shape of horns, twist more wires on the previous to make branches of horns. wrap paper tape to make base.
Stick horns on the head and tie with binding wire.
For ears, cut earlike shape out of card and role to give ear like shape.. Bind a small wire on the end near head and put paper tape on it..
stick it with the wire used to tie horns.
use four wires, pierce through neck and tie to wood plank.

Step 6: Clay Paper Mache

Shred loads of newspaper in smallest possible pieces and soak them in a bucket full of water.
Drain water from bucket and leave moist paper shreds behind.
Add White wood Glue and flour in bucket and mix until paste is formed.
This will be your clay Paper Mache, apply it on the deer head to give light weight yet strong base for deer head. let it dry for a week in the sun.
I used threads to keep horns up right while drying.

Step 7: Plaster of Paris

Mix plaster of paris in water and apply on gead using a brush. Since plaster dry out very quickly, use small amount at a time to avoid lumps. let it dry gor another day.
Then mix chalk powder with water to make clay and use it to give final shape of eyes and horns.
sand off after drying.

Step 8: Finishing Colours

Apply base colors using poster colors and apply Warnish on nose and eyes.
use dark brown spray paint on horns and inside ears.
apply badge color all over rest of head.
then place the head on wooden shield after drying and tie it with binding wires.
Now tge head is ready for hanging on your wall.

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    4 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Gesso is a bit easier to use than plaster of Paris, and gives a very similar surface when it dries. I usually use 2 or 3 coats, letting each dry before outing on the next.


    Reply 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tip bro... it was my first experience. I will keep in mind your suggestion next time :)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Ha ha! Very nicely done! I'd rather have this than a real deer head in my house. So cool!


    Reply 5 years ago

    Thanks for appreciation :)