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    I've got a black tail skull cap that has been in the freezer for a year and finally lost its place to meat and fish. So far the velvet seems to be doing alright. I still have some crud on the skull plate though. I typically boil my heads until they are clean but with the velvet what should I do to clean and degrease the little bit of skull? TIA.

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    Peel off the velvet and continue as you normally would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Peel off the velvet and continue as you normally would.
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    It sounds like he wants to save the velvet?
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    Skull cap is just that not a full skull. Take a Dremel and grind the jerky/freeze dried meat off and make a plaque mount. Attach a shaped piece of plywood, cover with putty/material to desired shape, cover with leather and attach to decorative panel. It does not need to be degreased. If you are talking full skull cut off antlers and clean/degrease skull how you normally would and then reattach. Antlers should be fine as is if freeze dried in freezer for a year.

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    Would some Borax help in this situation for keeping the skullcap from having an odor? Maybe cover up the velvet and spray the cap with some Kilz after that?
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    Wouldn't hurt, but it is dry as long it is not wet it wi t stink. Then when you cover it with putty/material to get the desired shape it is encased. I have a velvet buck that was capped and put in the freezer for a year and doesn't stink 10 years later. I cut off as much meat/ brains and membranes as I could and then did nothing after the freezer and never stunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tearbear View Post
    It sounds like he wants to save the velvet?
    Got it, misread the post.
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    Yeah, definitely want to keep the velvet. Thanks for the tips you guys. I now have plans for the weekend!

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    Arctic Fox Taxidermy will clean the plate and preserve the velvet for $165. But he has to split the skull plate to dip them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLNhunter View Post
    Yeah, definitely want to keep the velvet. Thanks for the tips you guys. I now have plans for the weekend!
    Look for some stuff called "Sculpt-a-Mold" to cover the scull cap after you've attached a piece of plywood to the back of approx the same size. Sculpt-a-Mold can be found at hobby and craft stores. It's like a plaster of paris but a bit stronger.....
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    I use Durhams rock hard water putty. Super cheap and works well. Find at any hardware store ImageUploadedByTapatalk1378568207.842883.jpg

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    Not very difficult and cost you less than $40 to do it yourself. Have fun!

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    I used to use Plaster of Paris but many years ago I started using Great Stuff spray foam. Just spray it on the skull cap and surrounding plywood and let it expand/cure. No worries about it getting on the antlers, it cleans off very easily. Once it's cured, it's very easy to shape, then proceed with covering it with felt, leather or whatever.

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