European Skull Mounts
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I have received a lot of email
asking about the procedures on how to do a European Skull mount, so
following are the steps I do in my studio.
2) Get a pot large enough to submerge the skull in, or the biggest one you can get your hands on. Don't take your wife/girlfriend's best cooking pot, this will only cause you more aggravation than you are about to undertake. You will also need to do this outside because it does cause an odor. You will also need some type of fire like a propane burner.
3) Fill the pot up with water and add Dawn dish detergent (this is a
good grease cutter). I also have a taxidermy product in my shop called Sal Soda
(which is Sodium Bicarbonate which can also be bought in a grocery
store "Arm N Hammer" laundry detergent) that I use
with the Dawn.
4) Every 15 minutes or so take the skull out.
BE CAREFUL. It will be hot
and there will be hot water trapped inside.
5) The best way to clean out the brain is every time you take the skull out of the pot to pack as much borax into the brain cavity as you can and let the borax soak up all the moisture. Then take a screwdriver and scoop out all the dried up borax. You need to make sure this area is spotless as it is often overlooked.
6) If you lose any teeth in the process, let the water cool and pour it out through a screen and then Super Glue them back in. Once I am done cleaning I usually put a small amount of super glue on the inside of the teeth just to make sure they are stable.
7) What I do next is just a precaution step in case I missed something I could not reach or see. I pack Borax (get this at the local grocery store " 20 Mule Team Borax") in every place I can and rub it all over the skull and let it sit overnight, then shake it out and rinse under cool water the next day.
8) The next step is a chemical process and most chemicals are not
going to be available to the public. I mix magnesium carbonate and volume 40 peroxide
(the peroxide you can get in the store is 3% and NOT strong enough), then
paint it onto a skull and let sit overnight. Once dry, I rinse it off with cool water.
needed I repeat this step. I have never done it more than twice.
This stuff really is
10) The final step, if desired, is to attach it on a plaque. I usually sit the skull on a belt sander so I have a flat surface sitting on the plaque and then run two drywall screws from the back of the plaque into the skull. Here is a great place to order your plaques: Click Here
Good luck on your European Skull mount. If you have any questions Email me