Damien Posted October 26, 2014 Report Share Posted October 26, 2014 Hi all, i've been trying to find a decent material to approximate the look of rhino horn for carving and have been wondering as of late whether using either human hair or horse hair compressed and bound with hide glue or a synthetic resin of some sort might work? I've given a great deal of thought to using Watusi cow horns for the job, but alas, the walls of them are annoyingly thin for most of their length at around 1-5mm, and the horn i'm trying to reproduce has walls around 1cm thick at its thinnest point. I'm intending to use it to more or less copy this Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup in the collection of my local gallery/the National Gallery of Victoria. Although it features a lot of detailed carvings, they're not particularly fine or small, with the second detailed picture being about half life size. Buffalo horn could also be used, but to my eye, the thickness of its walls aren't sufficient to be able to give the same sort of look that rhino horn has. I've included an example of a carved buffalo horn 'libation cup' to show what i mean (third picture) I was just wondering what others thought of my idea and whether there might be any potential for it to work, or alternatively, whether anyone could suggest a better option? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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