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Old 01-20-2008, 06:44 PM
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Anyone do there own? Heres some I did. I am making plaques for them all.
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:40 PM
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heres my first buck....2.5 yr. old spike....someone told me to put poly on it, don't do it...


heres the hog i did........it was the first one i stuck with a knife


heres my latest in progess......havent decided what i'm going to do with him, so any suggestions will be nice, hint hint, lol....
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I've got a buddy that has a taxidermy shop, he does all my stuff he's into beetles, they do a really good job.
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I've got a buddy that has a taxidermy shop, he does all my stuff he's into beetles, they do a really good job.
Yeah the beetles do an awesome job! I have a coyote and fox I want to send to get done.
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:46 AM
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I also have a buddy that has a taxidermy shop and I just let him do it,He boils them.
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I have dermestid beetles and use them to clean skulls as a hobby. I'm doing enough now that I plan on starting up a small business to do them this year. That way I can write off some of my expenses and utilities.

I started doing them for myself and family and friends but now I'm Scott's (Firediver) go to skull guy. Since he does taxidermy, he gets some requests for European mounts.

Here's a link to some pictures I have of the process. I don't have any of the finished, degreased, whitened product though. Guess I need to get some to show off my work.

I no longer have them in my basement and I have 3 colonies, not just that one tub. I have a 4'x4'x3' insulated box that I keep outside that I keep them in. I have a couple thousand right now.

In the pictures with the bucks, all the ones in green garbage bags (and the one in the blue grocery bag) are Illinois bucks from Scott and the others are PA bucks. Mine from this year is the one that is just the skull cap.

I have about a dozen or so deer to do, plus a bear (it's in right now) and several coyotes.

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http://picasaweb.google.com/adam.fre...llCleaningWork
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I have two skulls that I need to get done. I heard it is best not to boil them for a long time because it breaks down the skull. I also heard that if you want to boil them in Dawn detergent for 10 minutes after the beetles get done with it, it will take care of anything else that is left. What is the best way?
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Boiling makes the bones brittle. Plus it stinks, makes a mess, and is a pain to get all the gunk out.

Degreasing takes a while if you don't boil. All depends on the amount of grease in the bone, could be days, weeks, even a month or more. Just depends but if you don't want the skull turning yellow, you better do it.

As far as the best method, it doesn't stink up my house to do it with an aquarium heater in a bucket in my basement with ammonia and dawn. That keeps my wife happy, which in turn, makes it the best method FOR ME! haha
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Boiling makes the bones brittle. Plus it stinks, makes a mess, and is a pain to get all the gunk out.

Degreasing takes a while if you don't boil. All depends on the amount of grease in the bone, could be days, weeks, even a month or more. Just depends but if you don't want the skull turning yellow, you better do it.

As far as the best method, it doesn't stink up my house to do it with an aquarium heater in a bucket in my basement with ammonia and dawn. That keeps my wife happy, which in turn, makes it the best method FOR ME! haha

You are so right, Adam. Like I've heard others say, "If 'mama' ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy!"
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I have two skulls that I need to get done. I heard it is best not to boil them for a long time because it breaks down the skull. I also heard that if you want to boil them in Dawn detergent for 10 minutes after the beetles get done with it, it will take care of anything else that is left. What is the best way?
I boil them it takes me about 5-6 hours to do it right. I also boil it with the detergent it keeps the smell down. Once you have it as clean as possible. Soak it in peroxide for 2-3 days. Dont use chlorox that will make it chalky.

Here is a dead PA buck my buddy found. You want to talk about stink cooking this off. I dont know how long it was laying.
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