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 Post subject: Unobtrusive European-style mount
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:58 am 

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Hi all,

I have purchased a set of antlers, attached to the top half of a skull, for my wife. The skull consists of the top of the muzzle and the brain case, which is just barely concave. The rest of the skull has been sheared off.

I'd love to mount it flush to a wall without any visible hardware or the use of a plaque. If the skull were whole I could buy a low-profile mount with a peg to insert through the brainstem, but alas that's not possible here. I have vague ideas concerning filling the top of the brain pan with plaster or something else that will set, giving the skull a surface I can drill into that won't fall out. From there, standard heavy-duty picture-hanging hardware will, I hope, suffice.

Is there a simpler solution that I'm missing?

Many thanks for the benefit of your experience!

Cheers,
Andrew


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 Post subject: Re: Unobtrusive European-style mount
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:50 am 

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Bondo will work also. It can be rasped and drilled easily and not crack or break off like plaster.


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 Post subject: Re: Unobtrusive European-style mount
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:19 pm 
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think I would put a small block of wood then, bondo over it al. If you use a hanger, or drill a key hole, it can go into the wood for support. let use know how it ends up.

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 Post subject: Re: Unobtrusive European-style mount
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:35 am 

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Great idea. I'll pick up the materials tonight and get something installed.

The wife is desperate that nothing alter the skull but so long as the antlers don't come down, she doesn't need to see the wood.

Thanks again, guys!


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 Post subject: Re: Unobtrusive European-style mount
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:09 am 

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Well, that was easy.

A bit of sturdy dowel that I could just-about wedge into the skullcap, tipped on both ends by some ready-mixed epoxy resin, and allofasudden the skull has a handle. Two very deep hooks on the wall, and we're away.

I'm sure the nose bone is scuffing the paintwork or something. May coat it in something when we come to redecorate, and add something to take the weight off the bridge of the nose. But all-in-all I'm very happy with it. The tip about Bondo was spot on.

Thanks for your help, all!


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