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Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by dljhunt, Dec 18, 2011.
What do you use for a hanger on steer skulls and how do you attach them?
take three strands of copper wire, put them in your vise, then use your drill to braid them into one wire. Use this to make a loop hanger on the back. you will need at least a foot and a half to wire it in.
I use stainless braided picture hanger wire. The largest I find is rated 65#. I double it and thread it through small holes each side the nueral canal. I use single smaller wire on deer heads.
found a picture...
I've only done one steer skull but I just screwed a level rite hanger into the back of the skull just underneath where the spine would connect that way your screw or nail from the wall could extend into that open area. One note predrill your holes or they could break or skull could crack.
I remember some posted here that was just a thick piece of wire molded a certain shape that was covered with white plastic and it went inside the back of the skull at such an angle that it held the skull up and the other side had a screw or something to go in the wall I think... ring a bell anyone?
Obviously might not be strong enough for a steer. Just trying to remember who made them, what they were called.
Googling around, trying to find that white wire thing and found some more...
Here is a pic of a Long Horn on a Skull Hooker. No drilling. Lower prices for 2012 and wholsale pricing for taxidermists.
not good to trust a heavy skull, or any skull to a screw in bone type hanging. best to use either a toggle bolt or some of the types shown in this thread
Skull Hooker products are made of steel (powder coated) and there is no "screw in bone" type application. We have engineered a patent pending prong system that securely holds the skull. As evidenced by some of our pictures on our web site, they are designed and tested to carry much heavier heads than even that of a steer.
So earlier I mentioned a skull hanger that was a simple wire or cord and couldn't remember what it was. I finally found it, I had drafted an email to myself with it as a link years ago. The things we find when spring-cleaning our email boxes.
They require drilling four holes into your skull, which I do not like at all.
I also emailed myself this link:
Similar to others posted but this guy has more to choose from AND also a set to display just antlers.
I have used nylon string for years with my skulls, and never had any problems. I do like the holder from skip enterprises though. The nylon is really strong and works great, but I do drill two holes and glue the knot which makes it a permanent hanger. I guess.