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Where will just clean a skull?
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:11:47 PM »
I got my very first nice bull elk. I want to do a euro mount. But I really want to do most of it myself. Does anyone know a taxidermist realitively close to Vancouver WA that would just clean the skull for me? Nothing else besides clean it. And what it might cost. Thank ya much

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 12:16:42 PM »
You tube it, super easy. Do your own in about an hour, looks as good or better. White bone creations has good videos.

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 12:27:53 PM »
If you want to drive to Yakima, I can do that for you.
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 12:28:55 PM »
You tube it, super easy. Do your own in about an hour, looks as good or better. White bone creations has good videos.

I don't want to be "that guy" but if you don't degrease and then peroxide or bleach or whatever, it won't look "as good or better" than a pro job. At least not for long. All that stuff takes a lot longer than an hour to do.
 

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 12:34:51 PM »
IMO don't take it somewhere that boils it, you'll end up with an inferior product than if you use beetles or maceration.

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 12:43:15 PM »
Just try doing it yourself. It’s not that hard. Check out this thread:
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 01:36:40 PM »
Anyone ever pressure wash one to get the outside hunk off? :dunno:
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 01:55:51 PM »
Anyone ever pressure wash one to get the outside hunk off? :dunno:

After spending WAY too much time trying other methods, yes.  It worked really well, as long as you don't mind losing some nose cartilage.  Boil, then pressure wash while wearing FULL rain gear (so its easier to wash the brain matter off of yourself).

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 01:57:11 PM »
Anyone ever pressure wash one to get the outside hunk off? :dunno:

Yes. It works great. Skin it, boil it in water and arm & hammer laundry detergent, pressure wash, boil again in peroxide/water mix, rinse, done. The laundry detergent decreases and turns the remaining meat into gelatinous material. Comes off like meat off a well cooked fish

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2017, 03:34:09 PM »
You tube it, super easy. Do your own in about an hour, looks as good or better. White bone creations has good videos.

I don't want to be "that guy" but if you don't degrease and then peroxide or bleach or whatever, it won't look "as good or better" than a pro job. At least not for long. All that stuff takes a lot longer than an hour to do.
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And boiling will break the structure of the bone down so while it works it's not the best way.
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2017, 04:05:27 PM »
The amount of terrible info in this thread is amazing :bash: do not boil the skulls. Even if you are going to do it yourself. There is much better options and it will only cost you roughly $40. Another thing is you cannot degrease a skull in an hour, or a day, or hardly even 2 weeks. That white bone creations guys skulls look good freshly whitened but I'd love to see them in a few months or year. His method absolutely doesn't degrease the skull, and he breaks out all the nose bones. Says he doesn't like them and you can't get the skull clean without taking them out. That is false.
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2017, 04:11:54 PM »
There’s the pro way and the redneck way.  It all depends what kind of final product you’d like.   I have a ton of redneck skulls, and it is a fun project.   
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2017, 04:45:14 PM »
The self maceration process was fun at 1st.........Ive now decided that one try was enough and will leave it to the professionals.

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2017, 04:50:29 PM »
If you want it to look nice, clean and mighty white DO NOT boil or pressure wash.  Maceration or beetles will get it clean without destroying the bone and proper de-greasing is paramount, otherwise in a couple of months it will turn yellow around the temples, eye sockets and such.
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2017, 04:52:22 PM »
I'm with Bone.  I've done probably 10 of them the "redneck" way and they turned out great.  A little bit of work, but worth it.  If you're wife is squeemish about the "boiling skull stench", make sure you do it outside, when she's not home too.
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2017, 07:38:21 AM »
Black River Taxidermy does just Euro prep the right way with beatles and then bath to remove oils.  I took my bear to him a few weeks ago.  He is a member here: BlackRiverTaxidermy

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2017, 08:10:03 AM »
In my opinion, the guys saying don't boil it are mostly correct. What I have found to work the best is using a large pot (outside with a propane burner) soak the head (keeping horns out of the water) until water is almost to a boil. Occasionally take it out and pick at it. Do this several times. The last one I did took me a full day of doing this. Then pressure wash it. Then if anything remains use a dental pick or something. Getting the nasal passages completely free of flesh is really important if you want it to be scent free. Once the skull is completely clean put it in a sink and brush that peroxide on it that girls dye their hair with.Let it sit awhile then rinse and reapply until you're happy with the color.  If you bring it to a rolling boil bones start coming loose. If the end of the nose bones seem loose to you, wait until the skull is completely cooled off sometimes they will tighten back up. If they don't a careful application of super glue works. I'll post a picture if I remember. It took me a few to figure it out but it's fun doing them yourself. I have only done deer skulls and have been told by several the bear are a little more difficult. Hope this helps!

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2017, 10:58:57 AM »
Do whatever you want.

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2017, 12:10:22 PM »
What I do is wrap tightly in a plastic bag and let sit somewere safe, for me it's in the wood shed rafters, out of the direct sunlight so the antlers don't bleach. It will start to decay. Pull it out of the plastic and simmer for a few minutes and it's clean and not harmed from boiling. Then go threw a one month degreasing process, then peroxide with the 37% stuff. One warning is that the initial smell and sight is unpleasant but is short lived. This cost very little and turns out very nice with all nasal bones perfect.
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2017, 01:15:06 PM »
What I do is wrap tightly in a plastic bag and let sit somewere safe, for me it's in the wood shed rafters, out of the direct sunlight so the antlers don't bleach. It will start to decay. Pull it out of the plastic and simmer for a few minutes and it's clean and not harmed from boiling. Then go threw a one month degreasing process, then peroxide with the 37% stuff. One warning is that the initial smell and sight is unpleasant but is short lived. This cost very little and turns out very nice with all nasal bones perfect.

If you cut off as much as you can, it'll help the process go faster....the smell will be the same though  :chuckle:

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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2017, 06:50:29 PM »
Last year I had Bugs-N-Bones do a blacktail for me with the Beatles and it turned out fantastic!
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2017, 11:19:13 AM »
What I do is wrap tightly in a plastic bag and let sit somewere safe, for me it's in the wood shed rafters, out of the direct sunlight so the antlers don't bleach. It will start to decay. Pull it out of the plastic and simmer for a few minutes and it's clean and not harmed from boiling. Then go threw a one month degreasing process, then peroxide with the 37% stuff. One warning is that the initial smell and sight is unpleasant but is short lived. This cost very little and turns out very nice with all nasal bones perfect.

If you cut off as much as you can, it'll help the process go faster....the smell will be the same though  :chuckle:

Yes forgot to add that, trim off everything possible first :tup:
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Re: Where will just clean a skull?
« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2017, 01:17:19 PM »
Here's the last one I did based on my last post.

 

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