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Antlers And Maceration

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by birdskullman, Mar 29, 2023.

  1. birdskullman

    birdskullman New Member

    hello, I have a small 8 point whitetail that i am planning on macerating I was just wondering if the antlers are ok to be submerged also?
  2. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Fully submerge them, or you will have watermarks where they protruded above the water line.

  3. Tnrandy

    Tnrandy Active Member

    we don't normally submerge much past an inch or so. it normally won't hurt them at all. You will need to clean them well when you take it out of the maceration water.
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    I submerge them to cover the skull. There will be water line marks on some of them but most of it is gone by the end of the process though I occasionally will do a touch up. If you have a container to fully submerge the rack, go ahead. The other thing you can try is to coat the antlers well with Seal N Peel from the burr to above where the waterline will be. You have to put on a good coat of it, make sure you have cleaned the antlers with alcohol/acetone to remove grease or oils and make sure it is fully cured before immersing in water. Removing it from above the burr will also pull out some of the embedded bark bits. It seems to work but can be a nuisance to remove later.