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Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Jean M, Dec 1, 2022.
Sea wolf, that is cool looking
Yep. Little to no grease removal at all. Boiling them like that sets grease deep into the bone and it is a pain in the ass to try to fix bad work like that. Might look ok right out of the pot but, in reality, they aren't fully clean. The grease in the bone eventually works it's way to the surface and it will all turn yellow and can even get sticky. If it gets spray painted to cover the off color or a decorative artsy paint, the paint will eventually bubble up and peel off from the grease underneath. Boiling like that will also damage the bone itself. Ask him if he has any skulls he has done from a few years ago you could see. Any yellow color or translucency to the bone (spots) will all be grease.
Might look something like this. This is a 30 year old (boiled) Russian Brown bear from Kamchatka. You can see the grease all over it. This was after I had scrubbed off a lot of dirt and dust that was all over it.
After over 6 months of degreasing .. and I used Dawn, Ammonia and acetone switching them around. The last 3 months it just sat in a bucket of 50/50 ammonia and water. After all that time, this was the result. Still damp from the rinse and you can still see grease just behind the canine tooth. Boiled in grease sucks. No other word for it.