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Wildebeest European

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by larette, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. larette

    larette Member

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    Need help on a wildebeest European. Everything I have read on here says that you cannot remove the horns. . So, how do you clean the skull? We usually boil all of our skull. But not sure how to do this one. Without removing the horns and ruining them in the water.. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich " Africa" never fails to satisfy

    You can boil it by carefully suspending it so that horn sheaths are barely touching the surface. Use a couple handfuls of washing soda to speed the separation of tissues from bone plus a very little bit of detergent like Dawn to break up the oils which will be coming out. Stir up the brains so they will be easily flushed out after cooking. Monitor it carefully to insure the horn stays out of the boil. Slow boil ITV for about 1:45 remove and use a fine tool to scrape tissues which still cling to the skull. Drill from underside to reach up into the bone core of the horns and inject preservatives/ insecticide. You can also drill smaller holes on backside of horns and inject same into the spongy cores. Fill holes later with black apoxie sculpt as well as rebuild any base edges that might recede. Usually they will recede some when drying.
     

  3. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich " Africa" never fails to satisfy

    You could also find someone with dermestid beetles then you should degrease either the boiled and/or beetle-cleaned. Search the forum you will find a lot of good information on skull cleaning.
     
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Would break up and flush out the brain before simmering. A lot less grease to be getting cooked into the bone.
     
  5. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich " Africa" never fails to satisfy

    Yes you are right. Brain removal is better if done before you start boiling. I found if they cook for a few minutes first using a brain hook it’s not as gooey
     
  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    An old post but a good one. Make a "Brain Blaster" and flush out the brain in seconds before bugging or simmering. I also remove it before macerating. If you Right Click on the pictures you will actually be able to see them in detail. http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,116678.0.html