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    I was unable to preserve the velvet on my two sets of caribou antlers and peeled it off. Now they are blood stained. What is the best way to clean them up? Some of the tips were still pretty porous and soft also will these harden up? I have one set soaking in a pond hoping the that the micro organisms may consume the remaining tissue on the surface. Good or bad?

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    The tips will harden up. The blood actually gives the antlers some of their color. IMO the best way to make them look natural, is to rub them with tree branches, just like the animal would have done.
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    Power washing will clean them, be careful on the soft tips though. They will weep blood again, so it may be necessary to repeat this process a time or two. Soaking in the water is probably easiest.
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    Soaking in the pond is actually the best .

    When you pull them out to dry, Hang the upright with the SKULL PLATE down.

    That way the blood will drain through the skull & not out through the tips of the antlers & you wont have ugly staining around the upper tips.

    Preserving antlers is not difficult as long as it is done Right.

    We do around 200 sets a year.

    Some are destroyed in the transporting back to town & will need stripped or Artifitial velveted.

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    Thanks guys!

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    WOW! I took them out of the pond and they smell like a dead body!

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