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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 12-08-2019, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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European skull mounts

I spent the day doing a skull mount on this years buck. I tried peroxide with this one instead of bleach. It has a more natural look, not the bright white I get from bleach. I could soak it longer to get it whiter, but I kinda like it this way. Anyone else do their own skulls? If so, how do you do them?
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Nice job, I like it the way it is!
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I’ve messed around with different ways of bleaching skulls. The best way I’ve found it making a paste of peroxide and borax. I paint it on the skull and re apply every couple days for a week. They always turn out alright. I think it helps putting borax in the water while it’s boiling. If you do a bear skull it’s a lot more greasy than a deer skull. I’ve submerged them in peroxide before and that works too, it uses a lot more peroxide though. I’ve tried the higher % peroxide and the cheap stuff at the dollar store. I honestly couldn’t tell a difference. Im amazed at the people that pay somebody to do their skulls. It’s really not that big of a deal if you cut off as much material as possible before boiling.
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..very nice !...believe it or not..after doing the bleach and peroxide cleaning I wiped on some Kilz on a few for something different
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I know what you mean about the bears. The ones I have done I used liberal amounts of dawn dish soap while boiling, it really helps cut the grease. I’ve also tried oxiclean, I didn’t think it worked as well. Also, I’ve found it easier to remove the brain before boiling.
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That a nice job.
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you can go to taxidermy.net they have a tutorial section there that tells you how to do certain things step by step. euro mounts are one of them.


as a word of caution, if you are using peroxide, especially the strong stuff, DO NOT USE AN ALUMINUM PAN to soak the skull in with the peroxide. it causes some of kind of extremely volatile and hazardous reaction that can kill you and the neighbors.


its on taxidermy.net i hope i got it right but just be careful!!


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I do all of my own. DONT USE BLEACH!!! It’s destroys the bone!

I also do not boil or simmer, I macerate them with a bucket heater. Once all the meat has “melted” off, I rinse them really well and then (the most important part) degreasing. The skulls have to be fully degreased or they will yellow and “bleed” grease over time. Once they are fully degreased, I get 30 or 40V peroxide from a beauty supply store and paint it all over the skull and then set them under a heat lamp. Repeat until you get the desired results, but be aware that every coating of peroxide destroys a little more bone. Be extra careful with skulls from young animals as they are much more fragile and will come apart easy.
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Man that looks good.....nice deer too. My son elected to do a European mount of his buck this year as well. The info in this post has been helpful. Thanks

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nice job and helpful information on what to use and how to do it. looks great
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