European mount question?

Submitted by Suzan on 12/18/05 at 9:18 AM. ( ) 152.163.100.200

Hello all,
I did my second European mount yesterday. I boiled the meat, scraped it off then soaked in bleach for an hour just like I did the first one. but on this one the top part of the nose where the tear duct goes sorta looks like the bone is missing. Its there, but more inside the skull than level with the bone of the nose. The first one I did is fine, just thin. Is this normal? Should I use epoxy sculpt to fill it in, or leave it alone?
Thanks in advance.
Suzan

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European

This response submitted by mike d on 12/18/05 at 9:30 AM. ( ) 68.118.76.248

Susan-

You should NEVER use bleach to whiten skulls!
Use peroxide; it will not dissolve the bone like bleach.
If the skull you are having problems with is from a younger animal, then bleach will really mess it up.
The connecting tissue is looser and the bone itself is thinner and lighter in young specimens, and using bleach can literally cause them to fall apart!
I prefer not to boil skulls myself; if you must cook them, then just simmer them!
Use sal soda, simmer 20 to 30 minutes, and then scrape, if needed you can return to the pot several times until they come clean.


SIMMER

This response submitted by CHUCK on 12/18/05 at 9:47 AM. ( ) 63.78.132.13

I always have simmered my skulls in about a cup of sal-soda and two gallons of water never had any problem with chalky bone or anything, does a very nice job then soak in 3% peroxide


Ok but

This response submitted by Suzan on 12/19/05 at 1:45 AM. ( ) 64.12.116.133

Ok no bleach from now on. But should I fill the area that seems a little shy of bone? Shoul I just leave it as it is?
Thanks again.
Suzan


European deer antler process

This response submitted by James Foreman on 12/19/05 at 2:22 PM. ( jlforema@texaschildrenshospital.org ) 207.231.32.2

Can anyone detail the process from start to finish?


James

This response submitted by Becky P on 12/19/05 at 3:38 PM. ( ) 152.163.100.133

http://www.hidetanning.net/SkullCleaning.html


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