Skull cleaning

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  1. NaeNae

    NaeNae Senior Member

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    On the hobbies thread a few weeks back, @emali06 gave me some tips on cleaning skulls. I have a horse skull I’ve ben wanting to clean up so I started it after chatting with her.

    It’s been sitting in water and dawn for a couple of months, can’t remember how long, but I dumped it today and hosed and scrubbed it and set it to soak one more time.

    Before and after pics.

    Looks pretty good I think! Need to get an old toothbrush to clean the insides of the nasal cavity and inside the skull as the brush I had was too large to reach but I’m happy so far.

    Email, thoughts?!
     

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  2. bobo and horses

    bobo and horses Senior Member

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    Could a bleach solution help? Or maybe too harsh? Curious, how did you come by the skull?
     
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    NaeNae Senior Member

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    I was going to boil it in bleach originally as that’s what I’d heard but email gave me this way of doing it that she always uses.

    And the skull was from a TB breeding farm that I used to work at. A guy had had a mare pass on his farm and left the body for coyotes to pick and years later I found the skull while checking on mares one day.
     
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  4. Zimalia

    Zimalia Senior Member

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    Soak it in a strong bleach solution. They can get a fungus on them that can move right over on to you if you're not careful. Been there, done that. Bleach will kill it and whiten the skull. Make it strong.
     
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    FunSizeFriday Senior Member

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    I wrapped mine in white towels soaked in strong hydrogen peroxide. It worked great!
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    That is so cool~!! You can tell it's an old horse by the teeth and she has all her teeth too~!!
    Where you gonna hang it?
    I would do a bleach solution as well. Hot water and 10% bleach is enough to kill whatever nasty thing might be harbored there.
     
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    NaeNae Senior Member

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    lol nope it was a 6 year old mare.

    And I think I may do one round of bleach after it sits a bit longer for this second dawn round. Because I'm definitely not confident in getting all of the innards of the skull scrubbed out so would like to really kill everything.

    Plan is to just display it in my house when it's not on the road with me. Along with the antler sheds and animal hides hahaha. But I bring it along with me to clients to show them how their horses jaw moves, how the upper molars over hang the lowers and how that all causes the sharp points and hooks and ramps. It's a good teaching tool!
     
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    Fire Chik Senior Member

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    We boil heads to clean them, the last elk we did was about 8ish hours boiling. Cleans it up really well
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    I think I was fooled by the absence of gums~!! :rofl:
     
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  10. magoo320mj

    magoo320mj Senior Member

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    Definitely bleach to kill all the nasties. Peroxide works best for whitening. (The kind for hair, not wounds.) That’s what we used at the taxidermy studio I worked for. Skulls are so cool!
     
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