Two weekends ago I taught my "Resin as a Glaze" class at the "Mixed Minded" event in Kitchener, Ontario. I love teaching. I always learn so much! One of my students took me aside and asked me if I thought she could work on elk horn. HMMMMM, I thought. It is very porous and the resin might soak in and make it look stained...but "let's give it a try!" I put two coats of matte Mod podge on the sample she gave me and then I placed a tiny image from a paper napkin on the slice.
I made a small batch of Envirotex Lite and glazed the surface. I even dropped in a few tiny glass beads. I had no idea what would happen!
Would you believe it turned out perfect? What a fabulous surface to work on. This was made in a busy class setting when I never create anything I can keep or use later.
Deer and elk shed their horns naturally, so no animals were hurt in order to have a slice of any antler to work with. This is a brilliant use of nature's natural waste. In fact, the best chew toy I ever found for my puppy is also elk horn. It is safer than raw hide and he loves chewing it!