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Degreasing claws for skeletal articulation

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Bones N Beasts, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Bones N Beasts

    Bones N Beasts New Member

    Who degreases claws? When they're getting ready to articulate something. Do you use acetone dawn or ammonia? Have you ever damaged any claws?
  2. horsefeathers

    horsefeathers Member

    Re: Degreasing Claus for skeletal articulation

    I start with maceration to get the claw sheaths off. Once the claw-sheaths are off the bones of the claws I degrease just like I would any other bone with dawn and/or ammonia in hot water.

    The claws-sheaths I give a good scrub, maybe a quick dip into hydrogen peroxide to clean them up, then I pack them in borax until the claw bones are done.

  3. Bones N Beasts

    Bones N Beasts New Member

    I've already beetle cleaned them. Is it nessacary to remove them before degreasing?
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    The outer claws come off soon after maceration starts. I pull them all off and store them in water with a little alcohol added in the freezer until I am ready to re assemble. All the other bones are cleaned and degreased normally in heated Dawn without anything else. Occasionally straight ammonia if something is being difficult. I only use acetone and a Dawn cycle if something is really stubborn.
  5. Bones N Beasts

    Bones N Beasts New Member

    Thanks for the replies. What's the best way to go about removing the claw sheaths after being beetle cleaned?
  6. akvz

    akvz New Member

    Soak 'em in water for a day and the claws will pop off the sheaths without much issue.