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Lots of people have questions about doing skull mounts so I figured since I had 3 to do this morning I would take some pics.





The victim...the tools...my tools vary sometimes. I use scalpels just because I always have, sharp, quick change, disposable. I usually wear gloves and would suggest that you do but I was in a hurry. BE VERY CAREFUL...TAKE YOUR TIME...GETTING IN A HURRY MEANS GETTING CUT!





Here it is after the cuts and begining the skinning. I work my way down the sides on both sides and then work forward from the back to the chin.





Here it is after being skinned down to the jaw.





Victim de-skinned.





Then I take the scalpel and cut around where the jaw bone attaches to the skull, removing as much meat as possible. Then grab the bottom jaw and pull down as you push the top of skull away. This will separate the jaw from the skull. I try to trim as much as I can close to the skull at this time and leave it attached to the jaw.





This is how it appears from the bottom when jaw is removed.





Now the eye removal. First I cut around the eye socket/eyeball to separate it a bit. Then I use my finger to push the meat down as I work the scalpel between the bone and the meat/eyeball.





Here is the eye ball removed.





Here is the view from the back side after the eyes are removed.





I use a piece of rebar and hold the skull over a buck. I work the rebar in a pumping motion to kind of liquify the brain and shake as much out as possible. I usually go back and remove any large pieces of meat that are left and then wash off the skulls and antlers.





Here are the 3 skinned out skulls ready for the next step.





I put the skulls in a cooler and fill it with enough water to cover the skulls and in a week or 10 days I'll check them to see how they are doing.
 

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Please keep me updated with the progression. I was going to pay a guy $100 to do mine, but I've just about decided to do it myself. Thanks for posting this.
 

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Thanks for the info! I've done this a few times and your tips will help with my next attempt!!!
 

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Yes please post the next steps

What chemicals do you use after the water soak?

Do you spray it with anything after it's done?
 

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hjorgan (1/24/2010)Yes please post the next steps



What chemicals do you use after the water soak?



Do you spray it with anything after it's done?


The water thing is kind of short maceration. I first did and still do because sometimes after I get them skinned out I don't have time for the simmer process so instead of letting them sit around and the meat getting hard to remove or refreezing them I just put them in water. After they sit in water the bacteria begins to break down the remaining tissue/meat making it much easier to remove. Usually most of it will spray of with a water hose. I never use a pressure washer because it could blow the little bones on the front of the skull across the yard and if you aren't careful it can cut into the bone. After I get as much meat of as possible with the hose then it is simmered which gets anything left off. I let them dry completely and see if they stink...if they do then I simmer them again and check the brain cavity good to make sure I didn't miss anything in there. If they are non-stinky then I whiten them with 20%-30% by volume peroxide from a beauty supply store. Wash them off good and let them dry. Seal them with satin acrylic and mount on a plaque.
 

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That looks purty good....I just did 1 and I boiled the whole skull w/ flesh and all. After about 3-4 hours the flesh peels off real easy then I boil the rest fer about 4-5 hours and the meat just falls off... The brain matter easily scrambles and falls out. I washed it off then soaked it in peroxide about the same dilution you used fer about 3-4 hours then let it dry in the sun.

Wheredo you getthe satin acrylic you talked about painting the skull with??? I used old english oil fer the horns and it looks good. I was going to have Ryan do my littlew un's 1st buck but Logan was getting impatient to throw it on the wall. When I get the plaque in, I'll post a pic....:letsdrink
 

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Jason (1/24/2010)That looks purty good....I just did 1 and I boiled the whole skull w/ flesh and all. After about 3-4 hours the flesh peels off real easy then I boil the rest fer about 4-5 hours and the meat just falls off... The brain matter easily scrambles and falls out. I washed it off then soaked it in peroxide about the same dilution you used fer about 3-4 hours then let it dry in the sun.



Wheredo you getthe satin acrylic you talked about painting the skull with??? I used old english oil fer the horns and it looks good. I was going to have Ryan do my littlew un's 1st buck but Logan was getting impatient to throw it on the wall. When I get the plaque in, I'll post a pic....:letsdrink


I never simmer mine for more than 45 minutes. Sometimes boiling them for hours on end will weaken the bone structure...just my experience. The clear acrylic is just satin clear spray paint. Love to see a photo!

Here are some that I've done.











 

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Thanks for the tips....I was just fixing to get into my 6ptthat I killed this Saturday. I'm fixing to go work on mine, while I wait on coach to bring a buck to be skint this evening. Will post pics later, but he said it is a 14 pt killed off of Nokuse plantation
 

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Borty (1/24/2010)SW do you put clorox/ bleachin the water?


I never use clorox/bleach. In my experience is can give the bone a chalky feel/look and actually weaken or eat up the bone if you use too much. Peroxide will make it as white as you want.
 

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Nice skull mounts, the one on the metal background is really nice!
 

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Very Interesting??? What do you do with the skin??
 

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Thanks SW for pics and tips,just skinned mine and put in a bucket of water, hardest part for mewas breaking the lower jaw bone off
 

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Marine Scout (1/24/2010)Very Interesting??? What do you do with the skin??


I have friend that has a farm and he just dumps it in one of his fields for the yotes to clean up. If you know a deer processor some times they will let you discard it in there garbage.
 

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Borty (1/24/2010)Thanks SW for pics and tips,just skinned mine and put in a bucket of water, hardest part for mewas breaking the lower jaw bone off


If you run a knife between the jaw bone and the skull, cutting the muscle there then sometimes the jaw bone will come loose much easier.
 

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big buck dan (1/25/2010)i see you say simmer, do you not boil them


At most I do a rolling boil. I bring the water to a boil and then back the heat off until it is just rolling the surface of the water.
 

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Where do you get the wood plaques? And how do you attach the wood to the skull without it being seen. My son is in the process of doing one and I will have to help in finish with the wood and hanging on the wall.

Thanks for the info.
 
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