Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Staining antler

  1. #1

    Staining antler

    I have tried this today, the antler had no colour left in it really, almost completely white.
    I mixed up some potassium permanganate, about a teaspoon for a cup of water.
    I have heard you can use tea and WD40 but i decided to try this.

    Don't be alarmed if you try it, the stuff goes on purple but after a few minutes goes brown. Do not get this stuff on the skull, you won't get it off, so i used some masking tape.

    I tried on 2 skulls, i prefer the set on the left as i only gave them 2 coats, having said that i did shoot a buck earlier this year that had a dark brown set of antlers like those on the right.



  2. #2
    SD Regular willie_gunn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire....and Sutherland
    View my Gallery (19)View my Gallery (19)
    They've come up a treat.

    I've used it before, and tend to run the antlers over a cloth pad on a bench grinder afterwards, which burnishes them nicely.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

  3. #3
    I put a bit of Petroleum jelly on the antler tips first then when wiped off they are nice and white like a buck that dose a lot of fraying.

  4. #4
    where would one purchase potassium permanganate? what is it and what form does it come in?

  5. #5

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by gregoryfinch View Post
    where would one purchase potassium permanganate? what is it and what form does it come in?
    Comes in crystal/powder form and can be bought from many places, I use Amazon and costs about 7/8 for 250g

  7. #7
    cool brill goin to give that a try

Similar Threads

  1. dyeing/staining a 2nd hand Joe west stock , ideas/advice
    By 6.5rem700 in forum Rifles & Calibres
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-01-2015, 17:03
  2. Yet another use for antler....
    By willie_gunn in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 29-09-2014, 19:22
  3. Wanted Antler
    By activeviii in forum Other Items
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-12-2013, 17:13
  4. Staining/colouring bleached, weathered deer antlers.
    By Bill Bartlett in forum Taxidermy & Trophy Preparation
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-04-2011, 12:33
  5. to much antler
    By ash243 in forum Deer Stalking General
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 27-12-2009, 20:44

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts