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Whitening Ligament Articulated Skeletons

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Mouse17, Aug 30, 2021.

  1. Mouse17

    Mouse17 New Member

    Hi all. I often see things like fish skulls and snake skeletons being dried before being beetle cleaned so that the skeleton remains in position. My question is, does anyone know how to whiten a skeleton like this while keeping it in this position? I get skeletons out of the beetles looking great, and they stay together when I degrease them in acetone, but I can’t figure out how to whiten them without the cartilage softening. Every time I put them in peroxide they come out limp and falling apart and have to be re positioned.

    Hope this makes sense, thanks for any help.
  2. Dilute strong peroxide up to 3-5% with 98% alcohol instead of water. So the ligaments & cartilage won't be damaged so easily. Still in very small or young specimens the cartilage may distort a bit.
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  3. Mouse17

    Mouse17 New Member

    Thank you so much!!! You are amazing