How to use Turkey Spurs to make a Display

Submitted by Dave Campbell on 3/28/01. ( cdcampbe@accucomm.net ) 206.155.133.88

I've seen displays where people have sawed the leg 1/2" or so above and below the spur, then placed them on a leather bootlace with some Indian beads between them. Over the past few years, I've saved about 30 spurs and wanted to make one. I boiled them to start cleaning them up, and the spur caps came off. The bones under the caps are not very clean and attractive. Did I ruin them? Any suggestions as to how to clean/polish them would be appreciated. Also anyone know a good source for some colored beads? Thanks

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turkey spurs

This response submitted by Nancy M. on 3/28/01. ( ) 216.160.81.236

Dave,
I usually saw them off straight across from the top and bottom of the spurs. This leaves a spur with a handy ring of bone attached. I peel off the skin, tendons, etc. and then sand or file the edges of the bone just to round them a little. Then I use woodstain on the whole thing, seal it and its ready to string or attach to the beard or whatever. I've never boiled them. Will the caps glue back on? That's a new one for me.
As for beads, try any craft store.
Nancy M.


turkey spurs

This response submitted by Dave Campbell on 3/31/01. ( cdcampbe@accucomm.net ) 206.155.133.24

Thanks Nancy. I think the project is coming around. I boied them to soften up the skin, tendoms, etc. that had become hard from setting in a show box for years. They smelled pretty bad also. Anyway the caps turned yellow and fell off when boiled. I boiled them again in peroxide and water and hung them in the sun to dry. They cleaned up pretty well. I think I'll just paint the actual spur black and stain the bone. From now on, I'll prep them when I clean the bird. I've learned my lesson. Thanks Again


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