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Cleaning Skull Plate for velvet shoulder mount.

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by 126whitetail, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. I was always told it was important to boil skull plates to get the grease out (and meat off) to avoid any bugs being attracted to the mount. Although velvet antlers can't be boiled, so what can be done?

    Next question, I have some mounts that were done by another taxidermist and the [velvet] antlers have bugs (and eggs) around the bases.

    I am thinking that the bugs are attracted to the skull plate AND/OR the antlers themselves.
     
  2. IMNTM

    IMNTM Southern Wildlife Art Taxidermy

    You can clean the skull plates with a dremel tool with a sanding drum & or carving bit. As for the others you need to bag them & treat with an insecticide.
     

  3. I scrape the meat off and apply borax. It pulls out moisture and bug proofs the skull ptate
     
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Same as tazzy here, except I use Research Mannikins dry preservative. I gave up boiling years ago.