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removing longhorn sheaths

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by rich stewart, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. rich stewart

    rich stewart New Member

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    Need help with my longhorn project. I recently had a customer bring in a longhorn bull 8 years old that measures 88 1/2 inches tip to tip. I use beetles for my skulls and I would like to use them on this skull, the horns have a twist and measuring them out, their just short of 57" each. Its cold here still in Ohio and I'm not sure what to do. Can you pros give a novice some good advice.
     
  2. Bones N Beasts

    Bones N Beasts New Member

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    you will need to sweat them off or cook them off theres lots of info in the archive about doing this I cant remember the pages but you the search and im sure you will find a few options and one will work for you
     

  3. I'd boil those bad boys off myself.
     
  4. rich stewart

    rich stewart New Member

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    I've looked at the archives but this thing won't even fit in a 55 gal drum side ways. sweating them off could be an option I guess but it's gonna be cold here for awhile yet freezing I should say.
     
  5. bugsandbones1

    bugsandbones1 New Member

    Id love to see pics of that beast !
     
  6. Bones N Beasts

    Bones N Beasts New Member

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    to cook them off you will need to do one horn at a time hang head sideways and get as much if not all of that horn submersed then when loose cut around and up and inside the horn then use a rubber mallet and smack the crap out of it pull twist and don't give up I remember someone saying they strapped the skull to something and used a winch to pull them off
     
  7. It was probably me that said ,"strap and winch" I did a life size that had 100" horns. I would say search the archives but the search engine sucks. I have looked for my post using the search and can't find it.

    I boiled it using a metal water trough


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  8. skullclnr

    skullclnr Active Member

    here ya go buddy:
    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,264750.msg1835455.html#msg1835455

    just find something big enough to cook em in, just be creative, old pvc pipe if you can get a cap on it, stock tanks, garden boxes anything that will hold water.
     
  9. rich stewart

    rich stewart New Member

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    How do you post pics on here I would like for you guys to see this thing.
     
  10. Tutorial: How to Add a Photo to a Post: http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,2776.0.html
    and
    Tutorial: How to Reduce a Photo for the Web: http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,3991.0.html
    are both found in the Forum Operations category.
     
  11. skullclnr

    skullclnr Active Member

    Here's one I did over the last few weeks and the horns fit perfect in a mid sized cooler, just get it in something, even if its huge, make a plywood box line it with plastic and get the horn and a few bucket heaters in it.
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  12. rich stewart

    rich stewart New Member

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    this is what I have.
     

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  13. eurosbyRT

    eurosbyRT Skull Designs

    that is awesome, I would sweat them off, if you have a chest freezer that is big enough or build a sweat tank, wrap the horns with saran wrap and heat them up, in about a week they should come off, Ive done a ton of longhorns but that one takes the cake
     
  14. rich stewart

    rich stewart New Member

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    Sweat tank please explain and do you wrap the hole head or do I understand just the horns. also its still cold here what temp should it be etc. new to this longhorn stuff. thanks guys
     
  15. eurosbyRT

    eurosbyRT Skull Designs

    Build a box that will hold the heat in, I just wrap the horns and bag the skull, use a heater or heat lamp, I would get it up around 85
     
  16. Bones N Beasts

    Bones N Beasts New Member

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    WOW
     
  17. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Crap ... Jeeze that is huge. Consider heating water in a 55 gallon barrel and doing one side at a time. You could also take sheets of that pink insulation foam and put them together to build a box big enough to contain that head. Make the whole box out of that foam and get a ceramic heater in there and run it so the interior stays around 85 to 90. I would also put a pan of water in there to keep it humid. Keep it that warm in there for at least a week and then try to twist/pull them off.

    That is a really impressive head.
     
  18. rich stewart

    rich stewart New Member

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    thanks guys for the help, now lets see what I get into
     
  19. skullclnr

    skullclnr Active Member

    Just be creative and careful. This is a old buff that I sweated the horns off, one side came off after 5 days the other is so stuck I had to resort to different means, a hour of simmering and then wedge every screwdriver I have under the SOB, it did finally come off but this is the worst one I have ever dealt with:
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