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Old 05-12-2018, 09:57 AM   #1
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Anyone got a proven concoction?
Got to skulls I need to do.

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Old 05-12-2018, 10:44 AM   #2
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Simmer in water and dawn soap and pressure wash clean.
Simmer in volume 40 liquid developer and water for 10 minutes, rinse and seal with mop and glow.


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Old 05-12-2018, 11:31 AM   #3
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Anyone got a proven concoction?
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Go to White Bone Creations on YouTube. He has tons of videos.

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40% peroxide , NO BLEACH!!
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I've done 30+ deer and have had pretty good results using this method.

1. Pick the skull clean and scramble the brain
2. Put tape over the bases on antlers to keep them from getting bleached.
3. Simmer head in a solution of water and dawn dish soap until meat on skull starts to turn brown. Make sure to keep antlers above the water line!
4. Pressure wash the skull. Blast out brain cavity.
5. Pick tissue off of the head. Pull membrane lining the skull cavity.
6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5
7. By now the skull should be pretty clean.
8. Once you feel like the skull is clean, coat skull in hair bleach solution. You can use napkins soaked in the liquid peroxide, but I've been using the Salon Care 40 volume creme from Sally's. (God I can't believe I just posted that) it works well.

9. Wrap the skull in saranwrap and let set for 5-7 days.
10. If after 7 days this skull is not as white as you like, repeat step 9.

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Old 05-12-2018, 12:42 PM   #7
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Old 05-12-2018, 01:49 PM   #8
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I've done 30+ deer and have had pretty good results using this method.

1. Pick the skull clean and scramble the brain
2. Put tape over the bases on antlers to keep them from getting bleached.
3. Simmer head in a solution of water and dawn dish soap until meat on skull starts to turn brown. Make sure to keep antlers above the water line!
4. Pressure wash the skull. Blast out brain cavity.
5. Pick tissue off of the head. Pull membrane lining the skull cavity.
6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5
7. By now the skull should be pretty clean.
8. Once you feel like the skull is clean, coat skull in hair bleach solution. You can use napkins soaked in the liquid peroxide, but I've been using the Salon Care 40 volume creme from Sally's. (God I can't believe I just posted that) it works well.

9. Wrap the skull in saranwrap and let set for 5-7 days.
10. If after 7 days this skull is not as white as you like, repeat step 9.
I used to do the same exact thing but have switched to cooking the volume 40 in.
Get it pretty clean, doesnít have to be perfect, the simmer in volume 40 liquid and water. Use a whole big bottle of volume 40.
10 minutes and itís pure white and the peroxide eats any left over tissue away. Way faster and easier. Make sure and wrap the bases up good and any touch up can be done with Wood stain.

Hereís a video on it.
https://youtu.be/1lj7DtfsmaA
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Tagged, I have an old boar skull I need to clean up and get done.
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Old 05-12-2018, 07:23 PM   #10
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Been cooking a boar skull this week, and just got back from Sally's to get a new bottle of the 40 Volumes creme.

When you boil it in the 40%, do you dilute it with water to have enough liquid to cover it completely?
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:35 PM   #11
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Been cooking a boar skull this week, and just got back from Sally's to get a new bottle of the 40 Volumes creme.

When you boil it in the 40%, do you dilute it with water to have enough liquid to cover it completely?


Dilute 3:1 with water, the liquid works better but the cream will work. Itíll just foam up.
Also get a bucks with a lid and strain the mix into the bucket after it cools and save it. You can reuse it next time!


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Old 05-12-2018, 10:57 PM   #12
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I shot this hog 2 weeks ago and brought it to a guy by the house who charges $50 for deer and $100 for hogs. His deer looked really good so I let him do the hog. The hog still has some yellow spots that I would like to get rid of so what are my options?




My taxi in vidor wanted $300 to do the same thing and maybe it would have turned out better but I thought $300 was high for a skull mount on a hog.


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Old 05-13-2018, 06:26 AM   #13
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I shot this hog 2 weeks ago and brought it to a guy by the house who charges $50 for deer and $100 for hogs. His deer looked really good so I let him do the hog. The hog still has some yellow spots that I would like to get rid of so what are my options?




My taxi in vidor wanted $300 to do the same thing and maybe it would have turned out better but I thought $300 was high for a skull mount on a hog.


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Cook it for 15 min in 3:1 water and volume 40 then dry it in the sun.


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Old 05-13-2018, 06:35 AM   #14
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simmer for 4 hours.
Clean it up nice.
Put on roof for 30 days lol
Now it should be ready.
If you want to further clean I use baking soda and water.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:45 AM   #15
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Hog skull method.

https://youtu.be/lXxuuxhc308


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Hog skull method.

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Old 05-13-2018, 07:02 AM   #17
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I used to do the same exact thing but have switched to cooking the volume 40 in.
Get it pretty clean, doesnít have to be perfect, the simmer in volume 40 liquid and water. Use a whole big bottle of volume 40.
10 minutes and itís pure white and the peroxide eats any left over tissue away. Way faster and easier. Make sure and wrap the bases up good and any touch up can be done with Wood stain.

Hereís a video on it.
https://youtu.be/1lj7DtfsmaA
Cool! Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try on the next skill I clean.
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:55 AM   #18
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Boil in Dawn, clean off cartilage, paint brush on the high %Peroxide, the type used for bleaching hair. Let it set and rinse off. Reapply if necessary
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:48 AM   #19
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Getting a Jacuzzi bath.
Freezer went out awhile back and I refroze them and yeah it was bad!!!!🤢🤢🤢

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Old 05-13-2018, 12:29 PM   #20
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Now whitening.

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Old 05-13-2018, 02:47 PM   #21
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They never come out white enough for me so after the decreasing parts mentioned above I just spray paint them white.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:30 PM   #22
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Finished.
Not to bad , kinda broke a little of the noses off a little.


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looks good to me !
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:21 PM   #24
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Boil with arm and hammer powdered laundry detergent.
Pressure wash. Repeat as nessesary.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:04 PM   #26
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Boil with arm and hammer powdered laundry detergent.
Pressure wash. Repeat as nessesary.
This was the first time I used the pressure washer. A lot faster for sure

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Old 05-13-2018, 08:08 PM   #27
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Just glue the nose peices back on, happens all the time.
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I've done 30+ deer and have had pretty good results using this method.

1. Pick the skull clean and scramble the brain
2. Put tape over the bases on antlers to keep them from getting bleached.
3. Simmer head in a solution of water and dawn dish soap until meat on skull starts to turn brown. Make sure to keep antlers above the water line!
4. Pressure wash the skull. Blast out brain cavity.
5. Pick tissue off of the head. Pull membrane lining the skull cavity.
6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5
7. By now the skull should be pretty clean.
8. Once you feel like the skull is clean, coat skull in hair bleach solution. You can use napkins soaked in the liquid peroxide, but I've been using the Salon Care 40 volume creme from Sally's. (God I can't believe I just posted that) it works well.

9. Wrap the skull in saranwrap and let set for 5-7 days.
10. If after 7 days this skull is not as white as you like, repeat step 9.

This is exactly what I do, except for he saran wrap. Works great!
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Finished.
Not to bad , kinda broke a little of the noses off a little.
Just out of curiosity do you think that was from the pressure washer or just from removing the cavity?
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I built a buck boiler this year. Wish I would have done it sooner. Just plug it in and check it every now and then. Then use the 40 volume hair stuff from Sally's.
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I shot this hog 2 weeks ago and brought it to a guy by the house who charges $50 for deer and $100 for hogs. His deer looked really good so I let him do the hog. The hog still has some yellow spots that I would like to get rid of so what are my options?




My taxi in vidor wanted $300 to do the same thing and maybe it would have turned out better but I thought $300 was high for a skull mount on a hog.
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Itís still full of grease, it needs to be soaked in a solution of dawn dish soap and water. May take a couple weeks, may take a few months but it will be done right. He probably didnít pull the tusks and get the meat out of them either. Pull em clean me out and then I fill them w/ epoxy to keep them from cracking. If you donít get the grease out it will always yellow over time no matter how much peroxide you use.
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Just out of curiosity do you think that was from the pressure washer or just from removing the cavity?
Think it was more from me removing the nasal cavity and being in a hurry.
On the bigger of the two I really didn't remove anything but the hide.
Like I said the freezer went out once and I just refroze them and the smell was BAD. So I just took the hide off and boiled it I Arm & Hammer washing powder and baking soda.
Most of the tissue just fell off the bone. The rest came off easy with the pressure washer.
I had a 2500 psi washer, but one of the cheap electric would have worked better with less pressure.

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Old 05-28-2018, 10:45 AM   #37
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Hereís a hog skull I did, all the meat and brains and stuff were eaten by bugs while it laid on the ground for two weeks, I just boiled it to degrease and then bleached it with 40% peroxide. Was a really simple process.




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just a question when i lived down in texas(southlake , lease in montague county) set the heads in a fire ant nest for a week or so then boiled as described on above posts any body do it that way?
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I do 100+ skulls a year and hate boiling/simmering! It is hot enough now to macerate a skull in a week or so and it will take less than 5 minutes to clean. Skin the hide off, cut out the tongue and eyes and put in container covering the skull with water up to the base of antlers. Latex gloves and needle nose pliers will pull everything off and then spray off with the water hose. Brain will be mush and will run out when you spray the water directly in the brain cavity. Degrease then whiten. Nothing to it.......and less time and attention than boiling.
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I do 100+ skulls a year and hate boiling/simmering! It is hot enough now to macerate a skull in a week or so and it will take less than 5 minutes to clean. Skin the hide off, cut out the tongue and eyes and put in container covering the skull with water up to the base of antlers. Latex gloves and needle nose pliers will pull everything off and then spray off with the water hose. Brain will be mush and will run out when you spray the water directly in the brain cavity. Degrease then whiten. Nothing to it.......and less time and attention than boiling.
A week. I'm patience won't allow that. The smell has to be worse than it was when I did mine.
It took 2-3 days for that smell to get out of my nose.

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A week. I'm patience won't allow that. The smell has to be worse than it was when I did mine.
It took 2-3 days for that smell to get out of my nose.

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LOL! Yeah, it gets pretty rank! I have a chest freezer that I rot in. Put the skulls in a Tupperware bin and put it in the freezer (6 skulls at a time). During the winter I run aquarium heaters to keep the temp around 85. The closed lid keeps the stink down......until I open it! I am used to it now.......smells like money. The good thing about it is I am cleaning skulls 24/7. The bacteria in the water is working while I am at work, the beach, hunting in Illinois!
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