Create a European skull mount to hang on your wall to remind you of your time afield. You can create and preserve your lifelong memory one of two ways.
Boil it Clean
- Find a location outside or in the garage for the project (the smell can be overwhelming indoors)
- Use a propane stove or hot plate with an old canning pot
- Fill with water and a touch of dish detergent as a degreasing agent
- Remove as much excess meat and brains as possible
- Wrap the submerged antler with clear plastic wrap or aluminum foil secured with packing or duct tape
- Simmer, don’t boil, the water to remove meat pieces for several hours or all day
- If water gets goopy, dump and refresh the bath water and repeat until the bone is clean
Professional Power Wash
- Find a power washer rated for 3,000psi
- A rotating nozzle works best for cleaning
- Wear old raingear, rubber boots, latex gloves and goggles to protect yourself from splash-back
- Secure the skull by wiring it to a board or fence
- Start your power wash at a reasonable distance to test the pressure effect
- Decayed skulls may require boiling after power washing
Once your skull is clean and dry, you can hang it on your wall as is or take a few extra minutes to whiten it.
- Purchase a white skull kit through taxidermy outlets or buy the hair salon product referred to as “basic white” and mix with 40 percent dilution of hydrogen peroxide
- Paint the paste on a warm, moist skull. For best results, wrap the skull in foil or clear plastic wrap and let it sit for a few days or so.
- Brush away the flaky residue for a snow-white trophy
*If you can’t boil or power wash your skull immediately, freeze it or wrap it and store it in a cool area. Fresh, moist skulls work the best.