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AlnKel
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« on: December 17, 2012, 07:43:50 PM »

I would like to save a few claws from a Black Bear my husband got. What do I need to do to them to keep them?

Some say use borax to clean if so how much

Some say clean em up and let set for long time.

Any advice appreciated

Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012, 09:11:42 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012, 10:11:16 PM »

Take the claws and remove them complete with the bone of the last joint. Trim off all the flesh and cartilage that you can. As this is a one time thing for you you can take a medium sized pan of water and add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to the water. Heat the water to simmering and hold the raw bone end in the water for several minutes at a time, scrub with a stiff brush and repeat until the flesh and tendons are removed. You *can* put the whole claw in but you have to be very careful and watch that the outer claw is not damaged as it will soften some. The baking soda will essentially turn the flesh to jelly that can be scrubbed off. This will only take a few minutes so do not leave the claws in the pan. Rinse them well with cold water before handling and set them to dry when you are done. They really do not need anything further done to them.
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