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DIY Euro Mount Video
I just pieced together a video of how I do my euro mounts. If you've ever wanted to learn how to do it for very little money check out the link below!
Good video, I do the same more or less. No pressure washing but I do the same with the paper towels and the H2O2. This year, after the H2O2 paper towel soak, while it was still wet, I took an old toothbrush and some Comet Cleanser and gave it a good scrub down before the final rinse.
Thank you! Did the comet cleanser do anything additional for you?
Hard to say, it may have made it a little whiter, every year I do something a little different and every year they get a little better.
I do similar except you'd never catch me blowing the brains out while wearing $1400 worth of hunting clothing lol. I get out the crappiest old rain suit and rubber boots that are essentially reserved for skull washing. Man that stuff and brains fly everywhere no matter how hard you try.
I also have 40% peroxide that is the thickness of white glue. Simply pour on and spread around and leave for 12 hours. Places that supply hair salons sell it.
Deer and elk, if fresh enough, I like to scramble the brains before cooking. I also cut the eyes and jaw out/off. I have a barbary sheep that I just messed up, got the horns off and put it face down and scorched the face. But those sheep can take a boil unlike deer and elk.
Pauls, that peroxide stops working when it dries. Wrap the skull w/ plastic wrap and that will keep it active longer. Heat will also catalyze the process, so don't leave it in the cold or even use a hair dryer on areas you think might hold grease. A taxidermist told me to put the peroxide on a damp skull, I guess helps it penetrate.
Nice job. Thanks for sharing.
ohio, it doesn't dry in 12 hours. Funny you say that about the dampness cause I have noticed that and always get the peroxide on as fast as I can after pressure washing. I also scramble brains prior to cooking.
I've had them dry up, but it was probably longer than 12hrs. I left the peroxide on my oryx for quite some time and more than one application and now after 4-5yrs I can see some grease coming through. I should've boiled it in peroxide which I plan to do w/ this barbary.
I may paint the sheep skull. Has anyone had any luck with painting skulls? either decorative or flat white? I had a cow elk skull dipped for my buddy but I don't want to spend another $90 on that. Looks good, I'll have to post a pic.
Soon, there will be that one guy that says... "you should use beetles". :)
I've done numerous with the same process you guys speak of but they were always fresh skulls/kills. Anyone have any recommendations for this buck? It's a buddies deer that he shot back in late November and just found.
I did a couple euro the last couple weeks. I noticed when I was done and dried I have lots of white flakes coming off of the bone. Did I boil them to long?
This is before I have done any bleaching. Thanks.
Here is the product that I have been using for 25 years Soda Ash, commonly called Sal Soda, is used to dissolve meat, fat and grease when boiling skulls and antler plates. Simply add Soda Ash to boiling water and immerse the skull or antler plate As the water boils, turn the heat low, simmering, keep an eye on it otherwise it will boil over. Use a coffee cup per a gallon water
I also use soda ash(sodium carbonate).
I add the dish soap on the last water change and simmer.
Embry, yes, I've done a lot of those. Cut the hide or at least score it. Find a remote area of your back yard, preferably w/ shade, and submerge in a bucket of water. The first few weeks you'll want to change the water but after that its up to your discretion. I have wrapped the antlers with bags to keep from bleaching. Over time everything will sloth off into the water. May get a little stinky but bearable, when its finished you can use the 40 vol peroxide. This process takes awhile depending on the head, but the skin will remain intact. In this case I would cut right down the middle the face and anywhere else you can stand to.
I put some Borax in the water with dish soap and it helps clean and whiten the skull.
Anybody find his video on how he makes his homemade skull hookers?
I use soaps in my boils to pull grease from the bone, have not used it in my maceration process... best done during the summer, if you can keep the water warm it will be better. Some people use fish tank heaters.
Thanks for the responses and the additional tips! Im no expert but Ive done about a dozen skulls and I seem to learn a little something with each additional one.
APauls--- lol. My rain suit was the sitka that I was wearing in the video and I figured a little deer brain was no worse that the deer blood and guts that I got on it from my November buck.
Cheesehead Mike-- That video will be out next week on my youtube channel Chasing FAHL.
EmbryOklahoma-- Do that skull as quickly as you can. Ive found the longer they sit the harder they are to get fully whitened.
Also, I NEVER boil my skulls, its just a simmer. I also don't use bleach since I tried it once and found that it makes things more brittle. My take away from this last skull was that peroxide doesn't work as well when its cold so plan on a little extra time or keep the skull in a heated area.
For the brain... put a plastic bag over the brain stem hole, cut a small hole, insert air hose, hit with a couple blasts of air and the entire brain will pop out into the bag in 10 seconds. If you do it right, zero mess. Ed F
Ed, you cut a small hole in the plastic bag and insert the air into that? Or do you insert the air into a hole in the skull? Also, I assume you do that after you boil right? Matt
Insert the air nozzle in the hole in the bag. Then put the nozzle in the cranium hole with the bag loosely covering the back of the head. Hit the air and the brain blows out the cranium hole and into the bag.
I use beetles so I do this first. The goal is to get it clean so I remove brain, eyes, lower jaw... before it goes in the bugs. Ed F
I’ll be the guy that says “Hey you should just use beatles”. I bought some off of eBay and fed them for a couple weeks and then put in my skull. (Not mine, but the deers). It was a stinky mess. I had them in the shed in an old freezer with a heater on a thermostat. Checked on them one day and the heater had crapped out. They all froze, but the skull was done (enough). Next time I’ll boil, but it was a fun experiment and I’d do it again (maybe) if I had a couple skulls to do.
Thanks fellas, I'm going to do skull in the next week.
I'm the beetle guy... 50-100 skulls a year. Total labor into a deer euro for me 15-30 minutes complete. The learning curve made me efficient. My beetles are happy and so am I... Ed F
Bet I could win a Hacksidermy contest. World champion maybe. My basement is a pile of stuff like Embry's first pic ( lil better maybe) That's if I don't let the dog get em :)
After the dog gets ahold of’m sometimes they look a little better! Haha