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Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Clearfield County (2G)
Re: Skull maceration
I have found the following to be the best way to do it, this is the method that a local taxidermist suggested, and I have done a lot of them this way. The process takes a few weeks, and is a fairly hands off approach.
-take a 5 gallon bucket, and fill in enough with water to cover the skull completely. Add a liberal amount of Dawn dish detergent.
-let the skull sit in the bucket for at least a week, up to however long you feel like leaving it in there.
-remove the skull from the bucket, put it in a pot, and gently simmer it in clean water. DO NOT BOIL IT!
-repeat the process until it is clean(using clean water each time)........
occasionally you may have to cut some larger chunks of meat off of the bone, but generally speaking the Dawn eats away at the flesh while soaking, and it falls off when you simmer the skull........you also need to make a hook out of wire to scrap the inside of the skull cavity clean.....
The nice thing about this method is, that the skull never really stinks, smells mostly like cooked meat and/or Dawn......
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