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I have a whitetail deer antler that I want to use in a jewelry stand. This is my first time with antler. I will use the complete antler. I have some questions.

Do I apply a finish to the antler? I think it might get scratched off in normal use of holding rings, bracelets, watches and necklaces.

My plan is to insert a dowel into the antler and attach the dowel to the walnut base. What kind of glue sticks to antler and wood? I made a jig to center a hole in the antler and locate a hole in the base.

I will lightly wash it with Dawn dishwashing detergent. Is that good? Any thing else to prep for use?


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#1 posted 609 days ago

I would have thought buffing it would work well.. However im an ameteur, so dont take my advice :)

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#2 posted 609 days ago

shellac and paste wax works well .

just about any glue that will work with wood will work with antler / bone / ivory etc

Gel or thick CA would be my first choice

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#3 posted 608 days ago

Don’t have any clues on what to use to help you out, but, I will be followin along to see what answers your questions. Cant’ wait to see the finished project

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#4 posted 608 days ago

I would not use any finish..just wax and buff if I were you. CA or poly glue work ok..if you want it very white, boil in water & bleach

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#5 posted 608 days ago

Ditto to buffing.

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#6 posted 608 days ago

epoxy glue would work well.

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#7 posted 607 days ago

I’d used two part epoxy, I’ve used it for antler knife handles….I would go with the buffing and wax..I’ve used BLO on antlers that I’ve mounted, but using the antler to hang jewelry, it would probably rub off .Looking forward to seeing the end result…

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#8 posted 299 days ago

hi all i am a young 16 year old who has started creating knifes with antlers, but i have never found a good protective coating that will help preserve it. any suggestions? i don’t want to have it as an every day knife but a rarely used ceremonial knife. i would prefer it being fairly sharp as well. if any ideas come feel free to message me, or email me at

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