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Antler Skull Cap Cleaning

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by One Eyed Jack, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. One Eyed Jack

    One Eyed Jack New Member

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    What's the best way to clean an antler skull cap prior to mounting? Thank you in advance for your advice.

    John
     
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  2. tem

    tem Well-Known Member

    i have used a small plow torch to clean it up (keep away from the antlers;)) or use salt on it.these are what i use.
     

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I cut as much meat off as possible and and pull the brain cavity liner out with needle nose plyers, then salt to dry out . When ready to mount I wire brush salt off cut to fit drill holes and such , then I take a propane hand tourch and burn excess meat and grease off , it’s amazing how much grease will drip out of that skull plate , be very careful with this step as you can burn/ tourch the skull plate to the point of being very briddle . It will smell burnt, and that also deters bugs , let it cool and wire brush all the burnt stuff off ( after brushing it don’t smell as strong) and your good to go . All these steps takes just minutes, I go in and skuff form and set eyes as it cools off . Hope that helps ya
     
  4. disabled

    disabled Active Member

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    should you simmer the meat off???
     
  5. Dave Byrd

    Dave Byrd Active Member

    I remove the meat and membrane with a knife, coat the plate with dry preserve and hang to dry.
     
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  6. Lance.G

    Lance.G Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone soak in DA after removing flesh and membrane. Would it pull grease from the skull? just curious. I have been cleaning them up and covering the skull cap with borax and let dry. Maybe I should be doing more.
     
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  7. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    just clean as much as you can, borax and dry. If it's good enough for birds it is enough for a skull plate that will under, bondo, clay or mache or whatever folks are rebulding tissue.
     
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  8. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    If you want it super clean, and fast, pressure wash it. I normally follow 3bears recommendation, but if one is extremely bloody due to a close gunshot, I'll pressure wash it.
     
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  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Simmering will weaken the bone, although I did it many times when I was starting out. It's better to just remove every bit of meat and membrane and dry it with DP.
     
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  10. whitetails and fish only

    whitetails and fish only Well-Known Member

    I cut and scrape all the meat and membrane off and then soak for at least 24 hours in a borax saturate solution.
     
  11. Stuff39

    Stuff39 New Member

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    I too will scrape and salt,then boil for 15-20 minutes.This makes it totally clean.Structure of bone is fine for screw holes.