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Old 04-24-2011, 08:20 PM
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Default Cleaning a Deer Skull?

So I found a deer skull which is still somewhat fresh. I thought it would be cool to strip the flesh off of it and use it as a decoration. Would soaking it in bleach be a suitable method for loosening the flesh, and disinfecting/whitening the bone?
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:57 AM
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Default Re: Cleaning a Deer Skull?

Leave it out until the maggots clean it and then boil it to kill the maggots and allow the flesh to fall off. Try to do the boiling outside and don't let your mom find out you used her stew pot.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:14 AM
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Default Re: Cleaning a Deer Skull?

Same way you clean a human skull.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:43 AM
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Default Re: Cleaning a Deer Skull?

Scrape as much flesh off as you can, then boil in water to loosen the remains. If you want your skulls looking their whitest, simmer them in hydrogen peroxide. Bleach will decalcify the bone, making it brittle.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:18 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning a Deer Skull?

You can always go to a taxidermist/taxidermist supply and ask them for a bottle of something. Tell them what you need it for, I'm sure they'll gladly give you the right chemical.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:28 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning a Deer Skull?

naw fuck dat get it gold plated
how many people have a gold deer head?
make it in to a necklace
then put rimz on it cuzz
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:31 PM
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or u could get it nickel plated
it's cheaper, plus it'll look like the terminator
put lazers on it's eyes then glue it to a dog
that shitll be on tv
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:50 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning a Deer Skull?

taxadermists and some science places that deal in bones have beetles that they breed i forget what they are called but they reduce an animal skull to haveing no flesh in a couple minutes

try calling up a local taxadermist and tell them you want a skull cleaned for a european style mount
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Default Re: Cleaning a Deer Skull?

My girlfriend is into taxidermy, and usually she soaks skulls in detergent. I don't think that laundry bleach will do much.

EDIT: I don't remember how she gets rid of the flesh, but I know she uses detergent to degrease the skulls.

Now she's got some dermestid beetles, which eat everything on a skull right down to the very bone. I think they're a bit costly, but you can breed them.

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Old 05-01-2011, 08:24 PM
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Put it in an anthill for a few days, will pick it clean to the bones.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:44 PM
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As mentioned, let nature take its course, it'll work but the skull might end up a bit discolored in some places.

Or, just boil that shit and let the soft stuff slough off...
You still need to get the brain out though, explanation follows.

I've cleaned the skull of a freshly slaughtered bigass Hereford bull in three days...

Day #1: Cut off as much skin and tissue as you can, remove eyes and muzzle as well. A sharp knife is a must, preferably short and sturdy enough to get into all those nooks and crannies.
Do try to peel the whole outer layer away in one piece, it's easier that way, I learned from experience...

Day #2: Remove brain - after having removed 90% of the soft tissue on the outside the brain will have had a bit of time to decompose (however much difference it makes), you can get it out by a combination of "slicing it up" with a piece of piano wire bent into the shape of a "7" inserted through the hole where the central nervous system would've connected the brain to the rest of the body, and a garden hose to wash out all the bits after a bit of jiggling & wiggling.

Day #3: It won't smell too pleasant at this point, so heave the whole thing into a wheel barrow full of water (that's what I used), and boil it with a blow torch underneath, wrap the horns in cloth and keep them away from the heat of they'll go soft, after a couple of hours you can wash the renaming soft tissue off with a garden hose.

But... As you you're just cleaning a deer skull I reckon you could do it a lot faster, and might not need a wheel barrow to boil it in...

Good luck, and don't be ashamed to post pics of the result.
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