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I have had these antler tips for over a year, and I was never really sure what I wanted to do with them. They were on this really tacky necklace I found at a thrift store, but I took them off and I’ve been keeping them until I thought of a good use for them! I finally decided I would paint them and make individual necklaces to give to some of my friends.

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What you’ll need:
+ Antler tips with 1/4in hole drilled in the top. [You can buy antler tips online with holes already drilled in them!]
+ leather chord/string
+ acrylic paint & brushes
+ Matte Finish spray paint

First, paint the tips with the acrylic paint. I chose to use a variation of pastels & chevron patterns. The neon yellow didn’t work out so well, which was a bummer; it dried too clear! I recommend sticking with more matte opaque colors. The dark antlers, like the ones I used are pretty bumpy so you have to go slow & be sure to fill the grooves to give the illusion of a nice straight line. Next, once they are dry, give them a coat or two of the matte finish clear coat. That’ll keep the paint from chipping. Wait a couple hours before finally stringing the leather through!

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I’m definitely going to order some & make more. I’d like to make some with the white tail deer antler tips, and the claw tines. I also think I’ll use a little gold to add some shine!

// Laura Jude //

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