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Cleaning a skull ?

I don't have the beatles like the pros so how can you clean a bear skull so it's white with no grease spots ? Think

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Cleaning a skull ?

Hard Luck give this a try:

http://www.simpsontaxidermy.com/Skullclean.htm

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Cleaning a skull ?

that's a nice website redrider .holds lots of good info .

hard luck i wana mention something that may help u in the future .i am not sure if they mention it on redrider website but i will write it here in case not.

when u shoot a bear and u realize it could be a trophy bear then i suggest u don't boil it in hot water to get rid of the grease,, meat, blood etc... because that will shrink the skull little bit and may cost u to lose few critical points .
what u should do is " bug it " it means u hang the skull in the open and let mother nature do the cleaning job for u , it may take a lot longer to get the job done, but u will not lose any inch by doing so.( keep it away from rain or snow )

just make sure u hang it in a burlap bag or anything that allow air floating freely inside out or u can just hang it but make sure u wrap the skull together or do something to keep the skull together so animals or birds don't carry it away or damage the bottom jaw , which it will be seperated from the rest of the skull soon the meat is gone .

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Cleaning a skull ?

Boil in water 6 times, remove all meat and tissue.

Then boil in hydrogen peroxide twice.

Comes out white and clean.

Spay with low gloss enamel. Shiney and white.

Good luck

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Boiling ??

Hey N.W. ....... How do you boil it? There is no way I'll bring mine in the house it reeks so bad........a little propane stove?? Something else??

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When I've done deer skulls i've used a cheap electric one burner stove from Wal Mart.

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Cleaning a skull ?

I'll check those out, Red.......Thanks.

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Went and got one last night Redrider.....one burner - $8.64 at Walmart.....one boiling done last night......worked great!

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Thumbs up Shows us pics when done.

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Again...... it should be mentioned that if you are going to have a skull scored....Do NOT boil it. You can lose a few 8ths of an inch.

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Cleaning a skull ?

Another thing to keep in mind. I have heard that HARD BOILING can remove bone in places that it is thin. What I have been told is that SIMMERING is the key to not removing bone during this process. I know, details, details. I have a european mount of my first decent whitetail. A guy whom is not a taxidermist did it for me. I didnt complain one bit, because it looks good, and he did a better job than I ever could have. With that in mind, there are areas where the bone is VERY thin, like paper, and others where bone is missing. I know that he boiled the crap out of it. Again, just something to think about. I will try to get digital photos and show you the areas I am talking about.

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