Help with whitening a skull

Submitted by Tim on 1/4/06 at 3:41 PM. ( timhovey4197@sbcglobal.net ) 69.109.58.253

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.

Tim

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White Skulls

This response submitted by Forrest Sue on 1/4/06 at 3:47 PM. ( forrestzoo@earthlink.net ) 69.69.189.58

"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.


dermestid beetles

This response submitted by taxidermist on 1/4/06 at 5:07 PM. ( ) 65.23.174.217

Don't you operate dermestidbeetlecolonies.com how do you do it for your customers?


Use 35% peroxide and Mg carb in a paste

This response submitted by joeym on 1/4/06 at 9:35 PM. ( joeym@ra.msstate.edu ) 68.222.75.223

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.


Use

This response submitted by Wolfwoman on 1/4/06 at 11:22 PM. ( dakota AT mtaonline.net ) 12.104.79.122

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.

Wolfie


Wal Mart

This response submitted by Marc A on 1/5/06 at 9:18 AM. ( ) 206.138.130.3

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.


Whatever works..

This response submitted by Randy on 1/5/06 at 10:20 AM. ( rdmartin53@aol.com ) 65.19.234.25

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.


Longer time

This response submitted by Age on 1/5/06 at 11:03 PM. ( ) 207.200.116.73

Leave them in for 10-14 days and then put them in the sun for a day


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