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Cleaning bear claws?

I got another bear yesterday and will try to post some pics of the actual cleanning process in the next couple days.

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Cleaning bear claws?

Thanks to billythekidrock, the claws are now resting comfortably in the borax.
Couple questions remain-1)Will the claws split if you attempt to boil them to pull them off the bone, and 2)Has anybody made anything out of them?

Pictures? Now is the chance to show your stuff!

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Cleaning bear claws?

Boiling may make them split, or melt/distort if done too long or too hot. There is really no reason to take the claw sheath off the bone.

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Cleaning bear claws?

Leaving the bone in would probably provide a better place to drill a hole to string a leather thong for the hatband that I have in mind.

How long do you ordinarily leave them in the borax?

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Cleaning bear claws?

Depends. For years in a plastic bag if I am not doing anything with them. Otherwise I put them in a bowl of borax, on the table and turn them every couple days until dry. Sometimes it takes weeks.

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Cleaning bear claws?

"Bear Bones" as requested

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Cleaning bear claws?

I have heard that some people use them as swizzle stix

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