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Need some help cleaning skulls.

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by F16TACO, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Nov 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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    F16TACO

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    Anyone have any tricks or tips besides just boiling the hell out of a skull to get it clean? My dad and I always boiled deer heads to clean them up, but being young, then, I didn't realize how much of a pain in the ass it actually is to get it completely void of any and all tissue.

    I am cleaning rabbit skulls for a display and these little things are delicate as all hell and I don't wanna boil them for too long for fear of the bone structure getting too soft and breaking. Any help is much appreciated.
     
  2. Nov 2, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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    I live on Terceira Island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean so I am kinda stuck doin this manually haha. That's the first thing I thought of though. Thanks anyways.
     
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    Do you make a bleach/water mix or just straight bleach?
     
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    Sorry bud just saw that in your location. The only thing is be careful not to boil to long like you said cause teeth will fall out when skull softens
     
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    Noted. Thanks for the help dude.
     
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    Bleach can make the skull super brittle. It's a time sensitive process. I always scrape as much tissue off as possible and boil in peroxide. It'll be super white and not near as brittle. Then if you want them show quality, a little clear lacquer sprayed in a light coat looks great.
     
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    Peroxide is a good idea. Thanks man.

    Too many cats in the neighborhood to run off with the skull. The cats will be the next skull I'm cleaning.:D
     
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    When I do my deer and elk heads I put them on a low boil and put a bunch of dish soap in as a degreaser. After the skulls are free of meat and cartilage I paint on a 40% peroxide that you could buy at most beauty salons.
     
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