"Mist the whole skull, horns with water, put in a ziplock bag and place a wet towel or damp paper towel in their.. then bag it again.. put in a warm place for 1-2 weeks.. Open bag down wind and twist on the horns.. They will pop right off.. If not, use a small screwdriver and detach the grissle right at the horn base holding them on.. (DO NOT BOIL).. once off, rinse the inside of the horns and wash with simple green or a dawn or other mild detergent. Let dry.. Pour BORAX... in the horns and let sit until your skull is cleaned, degreased and whitened. I drill a small pilot hole from the back just through the horn and into the core a 1/4" with the smallest bit you can find on the back side just above the base.. No one will see it, but it ensures when setting them back on they are not set to deep..twisted right/left, etc.. Fill in the tiny hole with a epoxie compound and paint... "
and the results, actually pic is, "Post Beetle work" but you can see the Horn and the bone base that is inside there, and It Did need to be cleaned off or would have produced a smell in there for sure,
Here is my set-up for soaking in Soapy solution, in an insulated cooler with aquarium heater to keep the water warm. I found the Mt Goat skull had far less oil than Bear, was "Degreased" pretty quickly, couple days maybe.
Notice the Grease rising to the top of the water, I changed the water every other day or so til that no longer appeared (that scum layer on the edge of the soapy water surface)
I found a potential problem that some may be able to help with here, as I was into the process with the Beetles on the skull, I found the Horns did some shrinking (?), they didn't slide right back on to the bone bases, so I had to cut the bases off shorter, grind them down a bit to get the horns back where they should be. Any Tips guys ?
It worked well, though grinding bone was not fun, as in bone dust everywhere,... eventually I got them back on the skull in place and gloss coated it also for these before and after photos of the product.
As I had imagined the broken cheek bone is interesting in A Euro Mount.
Also found the shape of that Goat Skull quite different than those of Elk, Deer, etc. Real Interesting teeth, and jaw, etc.
In hindsight, I would not have used Epoxy to seal the Horns, as dieNqvrs suggests above,
with the Mt Goat Horns, So Black already, the Epoxy kind of fills in, and hides the "Battle Scars" that were on those original horns.
I Epoxied because I was concerned about the drying and potential cracking that may occur,
But then this thread is a learning experience, hope it helps others do their first ones better(?) tho I am happy with the end mount, Looks Cool to me