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First Euro Mount Advise (pictures Included)

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by tanner1, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. tanner1

    tanner1 New Member

    I am doing my first European mount. I have read many of the articles on here regarding degreasing, bleaching, macerating the skull, and sealing it with paraloid B72. I decided to simmer the skull for a few hours, never to boiling temperature, for the macerating part. During this I used Dawn dish soap as a degreaser. For bleach I used the 40 volume peroxide. The paraloid should arrive by Friday.

    I have a few questions, or ready for critiques before I seal it.

    - Does the skull look to be completely degreased?
    - Anyone ever use beeswax, linseed oil, and turpentine on antlers?

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  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    It looks good to me. Nice work.
    Maceration, though, is soaking it in warm water for a period of time. Not simmering or boiling.

    I have used boiled linseed oil for years and then George suggested using turpentine mixed with the linseed oil. That is what I would use on your antlers and don't get any on the skull.
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  3. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

    I don't put anything on antlers. I do give them a good scrubbing after skinning to remove blood and dirt. Horns are a different matter. They tend to fade and become really dull. George's turpentine/linseed oil formula works great on them.
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  4. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    Nice work !
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  5. Mandi

    Mandi Active Member

    I also think it's well done.
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  6. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    Doesn’t appear to have any grease spots. The skull looks good. Like Joey, I don’t put anything on antlers, but on horns yes.
  7. tanner1

    tanner1 New Member

    Here is the final product. I probably spent close to 25 hours doing my first euro mount. Much of that was cleaning off the flesh with knives and picks. Please pick apart flaws and improvements I could make. Please seriously pick it apart, though young, I am not a snowflake.
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  8. Tnrandy

    Tnrandy Member

    Doesn't look bad at all...my first recommendation would be to switch to maceration. We did the simmer and pick method for a few year and it takes a lot more work than maceration. If you can make the switch I highly recommend that in the future.
  9. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    You asked for, you got it.
    The "BAD" list first.

    Now that we got that out of the way, the "GOOD" list.
    1) everything
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