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Removing blood from Dall sheep

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Alpine Taxidermy, May 29, 2017.

  1. Alpine Taxidermy

    Alpine Taxidermy New Member

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    As the title, what's the best method of removing blood from a tanned Dall sheep cape/LifeSize. Thanks all.
     
  2. Alpine Taxidermy

    Alpine Taxidermy New Member

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    So no one has any clue or thoughts on this?
     

  3. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I've posted info seveal times but I can't find it in the archives.
    Wash the hide and while it's wet apply a liberal coat of 30 volume peroxide and Basic White. Wearing rubber gloves work the mix into those effected areas. Let it set for 20 minutes. Wash thoroughly. If the hair is no clean, you can repeat this step ONLY ONCE. More than that can destroy the hair. You will be wise to then wash with a neutralizer. Rinse.
     
  4. Alpine Taxidermy

    Alpine Taxidermy New Member

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    Thanks for the reply George, I was kind of hoping someone had another method as I have tried this on a few LifeSize Dall over the years and it makes the hair brittle the individual hairs actually break. If you brush it, you get a mess of white hair on the floor. I was thinking someone had developed another product that would dissolve the dried up blood that had been drawn up inside the hollow hairs. I constantly tell my clients to try to wash the blood out of the skin/cape after they finished skinning said animal but they usually quote the guide "a good taxidermist will get that out no problem". Of course we all know the real reason ;)
     
  5. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Epo-Grip markets a Blood Out/Degreaser that will was away surface blood, but remember that the lye in any good soap breaks down protein. Too much soap will "flash burn" your hair and give it a yellow hue as well as doing just what peroxide does, only a bit slower. White haired animals just weren't meant to be bloodied and when a hunter gets careless or it's impossible to clean as many of the Dall sheep and mountain goats are.
     
  6. Glenn M

    Glenn M Well-Known Member

    Here are some old threads on it ..Jim Marisco says not to use more than 20 percent
    http://www.taxidermy.net/forums/GameheadArticles/02/a/02518254A8.html

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forums/GameheadArticles/06/g/0670035A78.html

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php?topic=130236.0

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php?topic=324113.0
     
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  7. Alpine Taxidermy

    Alpine Taxidermy New Member

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    Thanks again George, thanks Glenn
     
  8. Rhino

    Rhino Too many irons in the fire will put the fire out!

    Enzymatic pretreatments like "Shout" work well. Test small areas first. Probably not best for an entire sheep.
     
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