I am trying to whiten some skulls for some friends. I have purchased some 20 developer from a beauty salon and both mixed it with a talc and soaked the smaller skulls in it. I am not impressed. Does anyone have some advice on whitening skulls cheaply? Do I need to just bite the bullet and buy some high concentration (35-40%) hydrogen peroxide for this task?
Thanks in advance.
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"Bite the bullet and buy some high concentration"?I buy mine at Sally's Beauty Supply in town for $1.72 a pint. You don't pour it in full strength either. But try Sal Soda. Alot say try drug store but here CVS couldn't even order it. They tried. I got it from McKenzie. Don't BOIL skulls just simmer. Worked for me.
Don't you operate dermestidbeetlecolonies.com how do you do it for your customers?
I may be wrong, but I never got anything at a beauty supply stronger than 50 volume...which is NOT 50%. If you are doing many, you can get a 20 gallon drum of 35% H2O2 for $0.20 per/lb. It will whiten, you will be satisfied, but be careful, because it is dangerous to work with.
3% peroxide that you get at WalMart. That's all I've ever used and never had a problem with white skulls. Go to www.alaskaspiritcrafts.com and you can see some that I've done, pics aren't that great, but you get the idea.
I'm with Wolfwoman. The 3% at Wal Mart is 85 cents a quart. Depending on the container you use to soak in depends on how much it takes. I place my skulls in the smallest container they will fit in, and place water filled bottles in the spaces to displace more peroxide. Cost me about $8.00 to whiten a deer size skull.
I can whiten 1/2 dozen Elk, 12 deer, maybe 6-8 antelope and a few lion skulls with a gallon of 35% and mag carb paste. The smaller the skulls the easier to whiten. BIG deer and elk I pre-whiten by soaking in 3% then saving the solution in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid so I get more than one use from it before it turns to water. I see a big difference in the whitening between using 3% or using the 35%. The 35% whitened skulls look whiter to me. Its all in what you & your customers like.
Leave them in for 10-14 days and then put them in the sun for a day