How To Make A Drinking Horn
Step 1: Find a suitable horn.
-Find a horn that you think you would like, either buy one of the internet or find a raw horn from another source. I found my 3 pairs of horns at a butcher shop that I used to work with. I killed the animals myself and figured using their horns would be a good "offering" of sorts for them. To honor their lives in a way.
Step 2: Clean out the horn.
-If you are using a raw horn like I have, then you must clean out the horn and core it out. The easiest way to do this is boil over a fire, a stove, etc. I used a fire and boiled the horns for a few hours. Make sure you don't boil them too long or they will turn to jelly! Once the horns are properly boiled, the inside should slip out reasonably easy.
Step 3: Clean the horn.
-Ok, now that you have the raw horn prepared, it's time to clean it. Sterilize in the inside/outside with a strong mixture of bleach/water. Let it soak overnight outside or in a well ventilated area. Now, the next step is to soak the horn with vinegar. This will neautrilize the bleach. Now after that has been done, wash the inside/outside of the horn with warm, soapy water. Make sure to get as far as you can into the horn.
Step 4: Sanding the horn.
-Be careful when sanding the horn, you don't want to sand too much of it away and possibly ruin it by having leaks/holes, etc. Just be sure to sand away the blemishes, if the blemishes are deep use a file or a sharp knife. When you start off the sanding, use a course grain, and then work up to the ultra fine grit. The final sanding should be done with an ultra fine grit, or a polishing cloth.
Step 5: Cutting the top.
-If you used a raw horn straight from the source, you can skip this step. It won't be necessary. But if you do this step, make sure your cut is level as possible. After the cut, sand the raw edge smooth with the ultra fine grit and then finally the polishing cloth.
Step 6: Cutting the design.
-If you wish for your horn to have a design, trace/draw the design on to the horn first. I think drawing is the best way, the horn is curved so you have to remember to compensate for that. I would forget that rule if I was tracing a design, so I drew mine on.
-Use a nail or strong pin to scratch your design onto the horn, a carving knife or dremel can be used to make deeper images. But be careful because you can go right through the horn!
Step 7: Pigmenting the Design.
-Use pigmenting wax, or water based ink to fill in the design.
Step 8: Waxing.
-Ok, now that you have your horn pretty much at it's end, it's time to wax it. So here's how you do that. Warm the horn a little bit, it will take the wax a little easier. Smear the wax across the surface of the horn. Beeswax/shoe polish will work great. I used beeswax for mine, shoe polish will work if spred VERY thinly. After coating the horn, use a rage to buff it out a little bit.
Step 9: Treat the inside.
-Ok, you can use beeswax for this. But if you do, you cannot drink hot liquids with the horn, just cold ones. You can use a salad bowl finish and that apparently works very well. I've only used beeswax for mine, because I only drink cool drinks from my horns. But apply with either substance with a brush or a rag. Be sure to coat the entire inside quite well. Dump out any excess. Next, hang the horn upside down and have a fan blowing up into the horn for at least 24 hours. The finish will take about 72 or so hours to finish curing completely.
And then you are done and your horn is ready to drink from!
EDIT: Picture will come later, sorry it's late.
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