Thursday, June 9, 2011

Envirotex Lite and Elk Horn!

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!

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