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    So when you boil the skull with soda ash do you need to cover antlers or protect them otherwise from the action of soda ash? If soda ash comes with contact with antlers would they become bleached as from peroxide?

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    Never used soda ash but peroxide will whiten antlers. If using paste peroxide, don't paint it on the antlers, if using liquid peroxide, wrap a rag around the pedicles and drape it over the top of the skull, then fill the container so that it doesn't come all the way up to the antlers. The rags will wick peroxide up to the pedicles. Leave a little room for the peroxide to foam up too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkD View Post
    So when you boil the skull with soda ash do you need to cover antlers or protect them otherwise from the action of soda ash? If soda ash comes with contact with antlers would they become bleached as from peroxide?
    I wrap the bottom third of the antler with aluminum foil and that seems to protect them really well. TC

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    Whitebone Creations on YouTube is a good source of info. He has perfected the technique I would say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippin_355 View Post
    Whitebone Creations on YouTube is a good source of info. He has perfected the technique I would say.

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    He does a nice job, however i think breaking the skull bone at the ear area can be avoided, it just helps him do the job fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbk View Post
    He does a nice job, however i think breaking the skull bone at the ear area can be avoided, it just helps him do the job fast.
    Those little ear nodes can hold quite a bit of material that is near impossible to get out. It's so much easier to pop them out than to explain to the wife why maggots are falling out of your new euro mount.

    Anything that can hold brain matter needs a thorough cleaning as the brain is mostly fat and will not dry out like most muscle tissue. Sooner or later the fats will go rancid.

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    I always pop those out. Lotta crap in there.

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    Same with the nose. Make sure you get all that tissue out of the nasal passages.

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    Unfortunately, 40 Volume peroxide cream didn't work for me.
    Unfortunately, I did follow wrong advise from the Net that you can just bury the whole head into the ground, even without removing any tissue etc, and mother nature will do all the job. Yes, the job was done, the skull came out almost without anything on it, however it was badly brown in color. What you can see on the picture is the skull AFTER TWO treatments with 40 Volume cream.
    Any suggestion how I would restore the skull color?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkD View Post
    Unfortunately, 40 Volume peroxide cream didn't work for me.
    Unfortunately, I did follow wrong advise from the Net that you can just bury the whole head into the ground, even without removing any tissue etc, and mother nature will do all the job. Yes, the job was done, the skull came out almost without anything on it, however it was badly brown in color. What you can see on the picture is the skull AFTER TWO treatments with 40 Volume cream.
    Any suggestion how I would restore the skull color?
    Thanks.
    Ah, yes. All the bug crap can stain the skull badly.

    I've never had to deal with one that bad but I did one for a friend who found a buck in a lake and the skull looked similar. I boiled it in 3% peroxide for a while, dried it over a cook stove then boiled it in peroxide once again and it came out pretty good.

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