maceration process.....use soap too?

Submitted by skullery on 01/29/2003. ( ) 207.230.201.248

In the maceration process is it good to use soap to help kill the smell or does the soap inhibit the bacterial growth. Just wondering before i try it sometime? Thanks....skullery...Jeff....<><

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Just don't use....

This response submitted by Wolfwoman on 01/29/2003. ( thepredator@gci.net ) 12.12.200.15

...antibacterial soap! I put dawn dishsoap in when I macerate my skulls, works just fine :)


Maceration

This response submitted by Steve on 01/29/2003. ( moacustomskulls@direcway.com ) 66.82.9.31

If you are using cold water maceration, after the flesh is removed you will need to whiten & degrease the skull or whatever you're doing. Use acetone to degrease ( be carefull of fire), by placing the specimen in a sealed container. Next you should use hydrogen peroxide, not bleach. The peroxide is best if it's 35%, although you can use 40 volume peroxide from a beauty supply, which is 20% peroxide. Using the acetone & the peroxide will kill all bacteria & odor. Visit my web site at www.moacustomskulls.com. Maceration works best if you submerge the specimen in water & keep at room temp. All flesh will release in anywhere from 7 to 21 days. Change the water every 2-3 days to avoid problems with odor.
Good luck
Steve


How often?

This response submitted by Tim on 01/29/2003. ( ) 12.254.200.157

I thought that the reason you didn't change the water was so that the bacteria could do their work? So, you are telling me that I can change the water every 3 days and get the same effect in the same amount of time?

Oh, how I hope this is true. That was my biggest problem, the smell.
Can some one verify this, because this is the first time I have ever heard this.


Not all the water...

This response submitted by Raven on 01/29/2003. ( ) 24.150.167.36

Only do a half water change to allow the bacterial culture to remain. Also - 98 degrees is optimal - use a UTH (Under Tank Heater) or an aquarium heater to get it there - works a lot better.

As for the smell... just get used to it. If yer serious about doing it right - just accept that it's part of the process. If it bugs ya that much - send it to someone like Wolfwoman for cleaning.


Also...

This response submitted by Wolfwoman on 01/30/2003. ( thepredator@gci.net ) 66.58.184.28

...if you use an aquarium heater, make sure you don't get a glass one, the frequent water changes and changes in temp will crack it. Buy a titanium alloy covered one. I have one that heats to 93 degrees and I can macerate a wolf skull, peroxide it and have it ready to go in 7-10 days.


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