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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.