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Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by rk_az, Nov 29, 2008.
Very good Sea Wolf! Those photos are here to stay....hopefully!
They are now as I uploaded them from my PC. They were working on the old, original post (sort of) but bringing the post up to the top seems to have broken them for good. Have to remember that for the old, archived posts. To either leave them where they are, or, copy the pictures and repost them when/if the thread gets moved. This one went back to 2008 but the idea and design for this tool seems to have been lost/forgotten.
Joey, this is your original invention. Do you still have your original pictures to add to this? Not sure where your post on it is.
So no more brain blaster disasters!
I just use an air compressor and air, is there a benefit to using water?
I think my photos died on Photobucket. The originals are probably hid on a floppy disc somewhere, LOL!
Ouch. My current machine still has a small floppy drive. Don't think I've ever used it. Are you blocked out of your PB account completely? I had to download all my pictures one by one into a folder from there. I was the only one that could see them.
I’m just a hobbyist so mine will go sometimes multiple years between uses and with lots of kids running around getting into everything I didn’t want them handling tubing that was covered in brain. So I cover my tubing with shrink tubing each use. (I realize this isn’t practical for a real taxidermist). I also switched from the soft copper to rigid stainless tubing.
A couple of pictures of my blaster and how I use it. I use a different nozzle but the same fitting I got from Lowes and I put a shepards hook bend rather than a 90 degree. I have used this inside during the winter by using a bucket as shown to catch/control the mess.
When I have to remove a brain, whether it be from a big animal (sheep, goat, deer) or small (mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, rabbit, birds), I’ve found my own little handy tools to use, since 1) I’m kinda on fixed income atm, 2, I’m low on space and 3) I’m a huge improvisation Queen
a lot of my tools have actually either come from the dollar store, or have been repurposed shop tools. Like one of the best tools I have for doing brain work? Is one of those dental double-sided metal picks that you get for a few bucks at the dollar store. I straighten one side a little, but keep the end a little bent, and they’re perfect for pulling any nerves or small pieces of anything you need to get, the hook end scoops out brain very well, and they’re just a really good tool to have (especially for a rookie like me ) it comes in a pack with a tooth brush, a dental mirror (which is also helpful) and another tool with is nice to fit under membranes if you need to. I’ve also used a small plastic baby spoon to scoop out brain material too.. and then they all get the flush so they’re clean before anything else.
I just thought I’d share that with you. Heh.
I do something similar to the picture with the skull in the bucket. Except I use a garbage can with a garbage bag in it. I drilled a hole lower in the can and I stick my air nozzle through the hole and poke it through the bag, up into the brain cavity and with one quick blast of air it blows dam near everything out into the garbage bag, tie it shut and toss it in the trash. For small fragile stuff I turn my air pressure down, or I have used the cans of air used for cleaning keyboards on real small stuff, or I just let the beetles have it all if it’s small.