Cleaning Up Horn

Techniques include

  1. Sanding completely smooth
    Horns can be left with with their surface plain, or sanded to a matt finish, but the most popular finish is a smooth polish which is got by sanding with increasingly finer grades of sandpaper down to 1000 grade, then polishing with jeweler's rouge or polishing compounds (Tripoli, etc.). If you carefully go from course to finer grits, bringing up to a mirror finish without any scratches or pores to hold the compound and discoloring the horn. These can give a shine and depth to the horn.
  2. Burnishing with steel wool and/or a bit of Antler.
  3. Trimming and cutting.

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Using and working with Horn - Cleaning up Horn. Copyright 1996, 2001 I. Marc Carlson
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