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Van Dykes Balmex Questions

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by DurhamTaxidermySC, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. Ok birdies here we go again, not trying to start another battle but....
    Im always out looking for new products and Balmex came to my attention.

    1.Can anybody (balmex users) tell me what are the active ingredients?
    2.Any Advantages?
    3.Are the results the same as using denatured alcohol to inject the feet and wings?

    Reason for asking: SLX prices are mysteriously on the rise in my area and its hard to work with jellied Sterno fuel in a syringe. Yes you heard it correctly, sterno fuel ;)
  2. Randy Miller

    Randy Miller Active Member

    IMO, and this is just my opinion, if you're going to use formaldayde, formalin, similar stuff, etc, just get it from a local funeral home. I've used a lot of different toxic stuff like that, it will all do what you want. No shipping this way.

  3. jwprentice1

    jwprentice1 New Member

    Ditto! Randy
    Local funeral home gives me Cavity Fluid(pink stuff) you can cut it 6-1 with water and it works just fine.
  4. From this point of view, money wise, Balmex would be cheaper since it does "all what you want it to do".

    OTOH now im not to thrilled to use what the funeral homes are using. Im not the accident free person. I could easily jab myself with the syringe filled with embalming fluid and YIKES!!!! :eek: :'( :-\ :-[ :'( :eek:
  5. RDA

    RDA Well-Known Member

    Balmex was developed during WW1 to preserve bodies in the field.....its an excellent preservative........
  6. AOTaxi

    AOTaxi She's a keeper!

    I have used it for 10 years and was reassured by that exact quote a few weeks back....good stuff!!
  7. RDA

    RDA Well-Known Member

    LMAO!!! ;D
  8. alan webfoot

    alan webfoot New Member

    well THAT was fun I just googled balmex and it came up diaper rash creme ,,oh well maybe it's multi tasking
  9. SteveP

    SteveP New Member

    I do not know what it's made of, but have used it since the late '70s. I usually inject it into the carpul area of the wings of smaller birds, and the feet of all birds. I do this now before skinning the bird to give the water in the solution more time to evaporate. Otherwise, it's more difficult to get the feet to take the plumping material, and the wing tips take forever to dry.

    I've recently ceased the use of Balmex as I'm doing some experimenting with tanning. I don't know how well the tanning chemicals are penetrating the wing tips, but the tanned feet accept the Masters Blend extremely well.

    But, if you want a good, injectable preservative, Balmex fits the bill.
  10. Thanks Steve P.
  11. Chrisso222

    Chrisso222 New Member

    Hi guys im new to this sight and taxidermy full stop ive started with croc heads in formaldehyde is balmex less toxic if so can it be cut with water to submerge the sculls for presserving . Any guidance would be awesome regards chrisso
  12. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

    I have a friend that submerges his alligator heads in denatured alcohol to pickle them.
  13. Chrisso222

    Chrisso222 New Member

    Hi mate "denatured alcohol" is that pure alcohol and does that pickle and cure the skull as well
  14. Wildthings

    Wildthings Well-Known Member

  15. Chrisso222

    Chrisso222 New Member

    Cheers for that