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Help With Humpty Dumpty!! Please!!

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by BigKris, Dec 3, 2020.

  1. BigKris

    BigKris New Member

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    First Off thank you all for such a great resource!!!I’ve been lurking for a while and have learned a bunch. I have been doing Euro Mounts for a few years for my self and my friends last year I started doing them for other people. So her is my dilemma. I received skull for a deer to do a European mount on. The story behind the deer is truly unbelievable and if they weren’t pictures I don’t know if I believe it. The deer was blind it’s right eye, and they don’t know if it had anything to do with it but it slid down a rock face and got stuck between two boulders. The guy was hiking when he found it and contacted the EPO‘s. They sent out a biologist to confirm everything, and then gave him permission to put the deer down and salvage it.
    So evidently when it slid down the rock’s it landed face first. He completely fractured across his forehead. I’ve cleaned the skull, but now need to put it back together.I was wondering if there is a product any prefers for bone repair?? Would you whiten it in 2 pieces, then repair?? Thanks for any and all help!! Kris
     

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  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Clean, degrease and whiten all the parts first. When done and mostly dry, you start the reassembly. I use Elmer's white glue as it is extremely strong, dries clear and does not yellow. It also dries slowly enough that I have time to make sure parts fit properly and I can clamp them in place. Pictures help. Easy to put them up on postimage.org for free and use the links here to show the pictures. If it broke through the bone, it will be an easier fix than trying to get the suture joint back together again.Would love to see some more pictures of that. Nice rack of antlers too.
     

  3. BigKris

    BigKris New Member

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  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    That does look like it will fit back together well. Whiten everything together and let it all mostly dry first. Test fit and see if it goes back together without any distortions. Clamping that is going to be a bit of a trick. Furniture clamps may do the trick. Try to get a thin amount of glue on all the meeting edges without getting it all over the skull surface. Once clamped tight, you can take a damp tissue and wipe off any beads of glue that squish up to the surface.
     
  5. BigKris

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  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Creative clamping. Don't rush. Give it a couple of days to dry.

    Save your before and after pictures. The repair looks good and no one will believe you after it's done. You said the deer was blind in one eye. Did you find a reason why? I did a one eyed bear for a client once. Found a bullet fragment lodged in the eye socket, still embedded in the bone. I kept it and glued it back in place when it was done.
     
  7. Thats badaxx