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« on: February 05, 2008, 04:28:41 AM »

Hi guys.
I am currently working on a dog skeleton. Its a large dog and I havnt got a huge colony of beetles so I decided to boil the large leg bones. Obviously they are quite greasy. What would you say is the best method. I have been using acetone, if this is okay how long should they be in. I have also been told that petrol works well for degreasing.
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008, 05:45:45 PM »

ammonia and dawn....a sumergable heater doesnt hurt.... I add 1/3----1/2 cup of dawn to a gallon of ammonia you can add some water to be more cost effective but if you look in the right places ammonia can be had for $1 per gallon....
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008, 12:46:32 AM »

Id stay away from petrol ! I use water/dawn/ammonia mix - keep freshening the mix as it becomes cloudy/chunky (couple days)  works good for me   good luck
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008, 07:39:29 AM »

Cheers guys.
Whats Dawn? Ive never heard of it?
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008, 07:52:50 AM »

Cheers guys.
Whats Dawn? Ive never heard of it?

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid Soap!
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2008, 06:53:44 PM »

Hey FiremanBrad
Which of the several types of Dawn is the best???  I'm told the old, original blue dawn is better at degreasing than some of the more recent concoctions???
Do you have a preference??
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2008, 09:06:42 PM »

do not get blue.  It WILL turn your skulls a tint of blue.  TRUST me!!

I use dawn with bleach alternative!!

Works great.....

and, staffs-skeleton....if you are using acetone, I think that will be the only last resort you should use!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008, 09:18:59 PM »

I've used blue dawn on all my skulls and never had a tint of blue. Perhaps your using too strong of a mixture?
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2008, 09:50:12 PM »

Yea Josh, I do blue too. Never had an issue. I prefer the blue because of the darker color making it easier to see cloudiness or grease.
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2008, 09:03:31 AM »

I had one skull with a tint of blue.  I am a betting man.....SOMETIME, you will have it happen.
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2008, 09:28:13 AM »

Could be the concentration used like chasintail stated. Don't think I would care for a blue tinted skull ;D
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2008, 09:37:13 AM »

it adds character RD!!  LMAO

We may be on to a new trend!!

Kind of like that stupid a$$ camo that ED does!!  LOL

ROTFLMAO.....
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« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2008, 09:46:53 AM »

Your skull just got spray painted orange hope you like it. do i here the Posse coming i cant talk right now  i have to go stain antlers that i should have kept out of the peroxide in the first place ROTFLMAO
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2008, 10:12:13 AM »

blue skulls....orange skulls??? got any with feathers or little dingle balls hanging on em'?
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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2008, 10:13:29 AM »

lol...i hear what you are getting at!!  LMAO
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