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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-13-2011, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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SKULL BOILING

I AM DOING A SKULL AS WE SPEAK. DO ANY OF YOU PUT ANYTHING IN THE WATER.... i.e. SALT, ETC, WHEN YOU ARE COOKING THEM OFF?
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I just flavor to taste, little pepper and lots of season salt.



I put dawn dish deteergent to help with the grease.

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Don't actually BOIL it, bring it to a heavy simmer. Add Tide powdered detergent, it helps break up the flesh and degrease.
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I used Borax when I did mine.
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Re: SKULL BOILING

powdered tide and dawn both work. I usually use dawn, just because that's what I happen to have. I change the water once or twice too, and add new soap(not too much or you'll have a foamy mess) but it seems to help with the grease. As stated above, simmer, don't boil, or things will start falling apart!

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Re: SKULL BOILING

I bought a skull cleaning kit from GM. I'm in the process of doing one right now. Just getting the last of the "stuff" out the hard to get to places. I did the same with the first one I did, and it turned out great. The last one I wasn't too picky with so I used Dawn dish detergant, and while it's OK it not great either.

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Re: SKULL BOILING

i used a kit from van dykes taxidermy. it has the boil stuff and a powdered peroxide for whitening. it costs about $25 shipped from cabelas or others. you can do at least 3 skulls with it. i highly recommend it. but as others said, simmer, don't boil. and don't use bleach or the bone will break down quicks.

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How long does it take to complete a skull?
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the longest part is skinning it and getting the eyeballs and brains off. need a fillet knife or something really sharp and flexible. you need to get as much as possible off and then simmer it for a few hours. pull it out once in a while and use a knife and little wire brush to get it all off. i would plan on a day from start to finish. and don't let the head fester too long after its dead or you will be presented with a serious mess. i do mine a day or so after butchering.

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