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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Live in 4C, Hunt 4C, 5C & 3D
Re: European Mount
Here's how I do it.
Clean all hide/flesh off skull. Boil a pot of water and submerse skull in boiling water. Keep at a simmer, two hot and the nose cartidlidge may push through the top bone and you will have to glue it back. Also, boil OUTSIDE unless you really want your house to stink.
Periodically you will need to take the skull out and clean off some of the meat, brain, etc. This will quicken up the removal.
You could also put outside for a period of time that it will decay naturally. But if you do, make sure no critters can get at it, or it may disappear.
Once it is all cleaned off, get some hydrogen peroxide and cover completely for a day or so. Depending how dirty the skull is, you may need to replace with fresh peroxide once or twice. Walmart sells it in the drug section for $1 or less per bottle. You will need a few bottles. (Bleach will actually eat away at the bone, peroxide is much better)
I assume you are doing with with a whitetail buck, if so, don't get the antlers in the peroxide or they will turn white also. You can touch up with furniture polish if the base turns white.
Also, keep on eye on the teeth through the process, you may lose a couple that need to be glued back in again.
If you are doing some other sort of skull, you will probably lose teeth also. I have used this technique on buck, fox, coon, and coyote. Teeth always have to be glued back into the canines. It's quite a puzzle sometimes getting them back in the right spot.
Another tip for canines is to put a light coat of clean nail polish on the fangs, or they will split after a period of time (1 year+)
Hope this helps!
I could provide pics of the final product if you are interested.