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« on: December 19, 2007, 11:55:35 AM »

When preparing a skull cap for mounting, I cut it off the skull and allow it to dry.  Then a take the dried material off with a Dremel, down to the bone.  I don't like to boil because I don't like to lose the natural material in the antlers, like rub shavings.  I then paint the bone with bacteriacide.  I know that there is still dried blood in the bone and wonder if this is going to cause me or the mounts any problems in the future?  Does anyone else do it this way?
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2007, 12:09:45 PM »

I just do a light simmer and the rub stuff always stays on the rack ok. Then all the membrane and stuff is off the scull cap and it in my opinion is a lot easer than a dermal.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2007, 01:18:45 PM »

When preparing a skull cap for mounting, I cut it off the skull and allow it to dry.  Then a take the dried material off with a Dremel, down to the bone.  I don't like to boil because I don't like to lose the natural material in the antlers, like rub shavings.  I then paint the bone with bacteriacide.  I know that there is still dried blood in the bone and wonder if this is going to cause me or the mounts any problems in the future?  Does anyone else do it this way?

Will cause you no problems. Yes, there are hundreds of us that do it the same way.
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Cole Cruickshank
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2007, 03:25:38 PM »

I just clean off excess tissue wile fresh. Then rub a coat of DP on the cap. done deal!
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2007, 04:24:44 PM »

nokes i have been doing it that exact way for years
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2007, 04:45:42 PM »

I just clean off excess tissue wile fresh. Then rub a coat of DP on the cap. done deal!

Ditto. Myr.T had to take  a second mortgage out because of his propane bill from boiling skull caps. No chit!
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2007, 05:02:48 PM »

wont the remaining blood attract bugs?Thats what ive been told.
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2007, 05:48:30 PM »

I just did a batch w/ the pressure washer as I was fleshing capes.  Worked great!
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2007, 05:55:29 PM »

Look to the left at my avatar ;)
I just skin it off and boil it until the membrane peels.
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2007, 06:54:54 PM »

I just clean off excess tissue wile fresh. Then rub a coat of DP on the cap. done deal!

Same here!
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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2007, 06:59:37 PM »

i boil mine, takes no time.  Put it in, let it sit while doing something else, come back and take it out, use knife to scrape off any extras.  Just don't forget about it in the boiling water or else!
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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2007, 10:49:44 PM »

wont the remaining blood attract bugs?Thats what ive been told.

You shouldn't beleive everything Mr T tells you. ;D
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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2007, 10:58:48 PM »

  Just don't forget about it in the boiling water or else!

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who has ever had to worry about the DP being on the cap too long after cutting off the excess meat??? That's what I thought ;).

I mount around a 150 shoulder mounts a year & I dont have time to boil every damn one of them when there is absolutely no reason to!
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« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2007, 11:00:39 PM »

  Just don't forget about it in the boiling water or else!

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who has ever had to worry about the DP being on the cap too long after cutting off the excess meat??? That's what I thought ;).

I mount around a 150 shoulder mounts a year & I dont have time to boil every damn one of them when there is absolutely no reason to!

I don't do quite that many, closer to 100, but I don't even bother putting DP on them. Scrape them clean and let them dry.
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« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2007, 11:30:10 PM »

I do it at a slow boil, I messed one of my earlier deer up with a fast and furious boil.  I like the method.  And it doesnt take me long.  I remember only a couple of years ago sitting on my front porch scraping skulls with a scapel. What a %&$&$###
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