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    Does anybody have any good way to peserve a brn bear skull the has been cleaned and bleached. I been told to paint it with elmers glue. Thanks Tom

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    You can spray it with rattlecan clear coat.I got one twenty years old and one about fifteen done that way and both are holding up fine.

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    I ,personally, mix elmers white glue 50/50 with hot water and slather it on. Seals up clear and nice, and Ive heard that its PH nutral.

    Keeps teeth and skulls humidity at a constant, and cracks get filled, so the whole thing dosent get or lose water content.

    Also use it on Tusks and teeth, as Bear teeth will crack whe they dry out.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    You can spray it with rattlecan clear coat.I got one twenty years old and one about fifteen done that way and both are holding up fine.

    used this with great success.... 3 fine coats and your done
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    I do what both Stranger and Vince do. I do a couple of coats of the elmers/water mix making sure to coat the teeth well and then after it is dry I hit it with a matte spray. I really like how the spray finishes them.
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    Elmer's glue cut with water 50/50 to seal and protect and a couple coats of poly to finish them off.



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    Their is stuff called Modge Podge that is just like watered down Elmer's. Buy it at craft stores. I think it's used for glueing puzlles together.

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    Thanks guys, always good infro. and a helping hand here. Tom

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    Did you clean those skulls yerself?

    Peroxide? Clorox?

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    I did clean them myself. I used peroxide with the powdered lightener that they sell at the beauty shops. Boiled them clean them soaked them in either white gas or simple green to degrease. I soaked them for several weeks to break down the fats. Then used Elmer's glue to seal and glue in the teeth. Few sprays of poly and there ya go.





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    MOST EXCELLENT!!!

    I use the maggots on my buried in the sand skulls and houshold peroxide, after a gasoiline soak, but I dont get them nearly as good as you.

    Im gonna try your way.

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    I used sea lice,put head in crab pot with holes blocked.Couple of weeks and its clean or real close.

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    I tried using sea lice. Left the wifes skull soak for several days. They got the brains and all soft tissue quick. They could not get the tough connective tissue. After several days I pulled it out, was afraid that someone might take it. I lost a few pots here and there over the last few years. Would be bad enough to have another set stolen, worst yet to loose the wifes skull. LOL




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    Stid,

    So sorry to hear about your wife. I don't think I'd advertise cleaning her skull with sea lice, however.

    Seriously, I have only always boiled my bear and coyote skulls in water to remove everything, then re-glued the teeth individually with superglue. Looks ok, but not nearly as nice as the ones here. I'm going to use the glue mixture on the next ones. Great photos and advice.

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