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    i have had my skulls done by a beetle guy in sterling.
    mostly we just face them east and use them as interior decor and home school science references.
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    whats up with that?
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    Default it's a spiritual thing

    facing the skulls in the direction of the rising sun is a show of reverence for the animal.
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    I like the look of you skulls. I think I'll be happy with beetles also. What are we lookin at, I see the bear, and a cat of some kind I guess. What are the other two?

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    bear, pig, mtn. lion and hare.
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    What did the guy in Sterling charge?

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    i think it was around $75-80. had a hide tanned and i think he threw in the bunny for free.
    not sure how it broke down exactly.
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    When you have the skulls done, do you have to glue the teeth in as they come loose? Also, is it a given the teeth will crack ? I'm going to do one , just don't know what all I'll have to do. Thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomfishhunter View Post
    When you have the skulls done, do you have to glue the teeth in as they come loose? Also, is it a given the teeth will crack ? I'm going to do one , just don't know what all I'll have to do. Thanx
    The teeth do not loosen up and crack if you use beetles to clean the skulls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chisana View Post
    The teeth do not loosen up and crack if you use beetles to clean the skulls.
    They will still crack if you don't seal them somehow. The teeth still have moisture in them. In a cold dry climate (ie Alaska) the teeth will eventually crack. From what i've seen the best way seal them is watered down elmers glue. It drys clear if you can get the glue water mixture right.
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    x2 on the elmers glue. The guy who cleaned/degreased my skull (a guy out in the butte, maybe someone can refresh my memory of his name) said the only problem with using beetles is that they do not remove the grease from the porous bone and over time, the skull will yellow and not be as bone white as it once was.

    As far as the teeth cracking and coming loose, I had my skull "mounted" on a plaque (pictured below). I had this done because every time I showed the skull to someone, the jaws would rub together and I didn't want excessive damage done to the teeth. I also think it looks really nice.


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    I would show my mountain goat skull I got last fall, but... the other day it fell off a ledge in my house and made me cringe. It's in about 50 pieces and I have to do the best I can in gluing it back together. Talk about a bad day.

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    I had my black bear done with bettles and my brown bear boiled and then glossed. I like the look of both but all the k9's have cracked on the black bear (done with beetles), no cracks on my brown bear......yet

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    Using beetles I feel is the best way to get rid of the soft tissue, but there still has to be some sort of degreasing. That is how Skulls Unlimited out of Oklahoma does there's. Even after all that you still should seal it with something. I had a black bear done by skulls unlimited in 06 and it now has a yellowish tint to it. i gave them a call, they said it was normal the only way to keep it from happening is to seal it. They suggested some sort of lacor. Like i said before though elmers worked great.
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    I shot that griz in 01 and you can see from the pics that it is still bone white with no yellow/grayish spots. I'll try and wrangle that guys name up if I can...

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