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European Mounts

Old 03-18-2008, 05:43 PM
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I just boiled the skull. It looks great but needs whitening. I have some little pieces of meat in tight cracks. Do i need to get every little piece off. Its only in two spots in bottom back of head. Also it stinks still. When i whitenin them will it quit stinking? Boiling worked good but was very time consuming. I will consider beatles in the future. I have heard they work good.

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Old 03-19-2008, 05:39 AM
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The trick I found to boiling is to get a small bag of Soda Ash (I think that's what it's called?) from a taxidermy supply company. Your local taxidermist can point you in the right direction.

Sprinkle a palmful of that into the water first and mix it around. It disolves tissue and catilage and makes the stuff literally just fall off the bone. Careful though and don't throw it in right on top of your skull because it will eat through the bone. It also allows the nasal area to come out perfectly intact and clean. Just boiling leaves a bunch of gook inside. The brains will also just shake out.

When I'm done boiling and everything is good and cleaned off make sure you refit the flat nose bones and the girdle around the front before it dries. Fit them in place and rubber band them to dry or they will warp and never go back right.
You can glue them later.

Have a little tool kit to help you with any picking and scraping too.
Old dull hunting knife
shrimp fork
dental pick
old stiff toothbrush

When i'm done I hit the whole thing with some household cleaner like simple green or windex then rinse it off. Spray up into the skull cavity too.
Let it dry, it will stop stinking.

I don't get crazy with the whitening products because I don't like that bright white fake look. I wipe it down with a diluted bleach solution to finish and leave it looking clean but more natural. Just my personal preference.

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Old 03-23-2008, 08:31 PM
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I boiled it and scraped it. One tooth fell out thats it. Nasal is perfect, got out all cartlidge, nasal bone was fine. I just have a few spots in the back by the neck. A dental pick would work great. I never boiled it for a long time. Boiled took off meat. boiled took off meat. etc. i used borax to take off smell help that works. Got all brain stuff out too. that was tough i used fishing forcepts.
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:53 AM
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You can get a kit from van dykes that has the sodium carbonate and the sodium magnssium in it or you can buy sepratly .One is for whitening the other to help get the meat off
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:59 PM
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I just boil mine till the meat comes off (all the meat) take a section of wire and bend it to look like a cork screw,stick it in the hole in the back of the skull(the spinal cord opening) twist it round and round a few times to loosen the brain and then blow the brains out with the water hose.
Then soak it in a bucket of bleach water.(be sure to keep the horns outta the bleach water).
let dry and mt. on base.
thats the easy way I do great.

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Old 04-01-2008, 05:28 PM
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Tree Climber, those aren't painted? They look great if they aren't

Mine looks about the same but I painted it with Kilz after I boiled it

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Old 04-01-2008, 07:19 PM
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yeah I was pretty much on my own for european mounts... if you think doing deer is hard, imagine doing a moose! I had to do mine in the freaking wheelbarrow. god that was fun especially for the first skull mount I ever did...
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