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  • #31
    First time I ever did my own euro mounts I was 16 with a pair of javelina skulls. I simmered/scraped/simmered/scraped, and did a dawn soap simmer too. Hit it with the peroxide and called it good. Sure enough, a year later they were yellow, cheesy, and stinky. This time I soaked them for 2 weeks in gasoline and then allowed them to air dry for another month. Redid the peroxide and they are still perfect 11 years later.

    Injun, I think you are completely fine to go back and redo whatever degreasing method you want

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    • #32
      I've done them by boiling and maceration followed by a pressure washer. Much prefer maceration. With a moose I put it in a tote with the antler resting on the sides above the water line and drape a towel over the rest of the skull so water can wick up it and I also pour water over the towel from time to time. Let it sit for a couple months, pull it out and hit with pressure washer then bleach with 12% hydrogen peroxide cream.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by ptarmigan View Post
        I simmered my caribou skull in dawn detergent, pressure washed, then the 40 volume treatment. After drying a few days I sealed it with some elmers/water mix. Cut out a plaque from some scrap live edge and put it up tonight. Pretty happy with it.
        Looks great! How did you attach the skull to the plaque?

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        • #34
          Originally posted by injun joe View Post
          Looks great! How did you attach the skull to the plaque?

          I used a 1/4" x 3" (might have been 4"?) toggle bolt, drilled through the plaque and anchored in the skull cavity. I didn't oversize the hole in the skull so it was a bit tricky threading the bolt into the toggle while holding it with some needle nose pliers. I also put a 3" woodscrew into the lower portion of the skull to stabilize it. It's super solid!

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          • #35
            Where in Anchorage or Eagle River can you get the 40 volume peroxide?
            NRA life Member JVJ

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            • #36
              Originally posted by akprideinvegas View Post
              Where in Anchorage or Eagle River can you get the 40 volume peroxide?
              40 volume is 12%. 50vol is 15%
              Sally's beauty supplying in ANC and valley carr 30,40&50 vol liquid and cream.

              Univar in ANC has 30% and in large quantities.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by ptarmigan View Post
                I used a 1/4" x 3" (might have been 4"?) toggle bolt, drilled through the plaque and anchored in the skull cavity. I didn't oversize the hole in the skull so it was a bit tricky threading the bolt into the toggle while holding it with some needle nose pliers. I also put a 3" woodscrew into the lower portion of the skull to stabilize it. It's super solid!
                Thanks for the info! Would you be willing to post a photo of the plaque/skull interface looking in from the side?

                I've never put them on a plaque, so this is helpful. Thanks again!

                Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I257 using Tapatalk

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by injun joe View Post
                  Thanks for the info! Would you be willing to post a photo of the plaque/skull interface looking in from the side?

                  I've never put them on a plaque, so this is helpful. Thanks again!

                  Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I257 using Tapatalk
                  Hopefully this helps. You can't see the bottom screw because it's behind the teeth.

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                  • #39
                    That helps. Thanks!

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                    • #40
                      So did you just pre-drill the holes in the skull? How do you make sure to drill at the right angle? I'm almost to this stage and I'm a tad nervous to say the least. And you had to fish the toggle nut in through the hole into the brain cavity? This all seems like a tricky endeavor. Good job on yours!

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                      • #41
                        I did pre-drill the holes in the skull but just eyeballed it. You will have enough play so when you tighten things down you can adjust it a bit. Feeding the toggle nut into the brain cavity with some needle nose pliers was a hassle but only took a couple of tries. It was a bit tricky.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by ptarmigan View Post
                          I did pre-drill the holes in the skull but just eyeballed it. You will have enough play so when you tighten things down you can adjust it a bit. Feeding the toggle nut into the brain cavity with some needle nose pliers was a hassle but only took a couple of tries. It was a bit tricky.

                          Did you use any rubber washers to keep from cracking the bone when you tightened it?
                          Josh
                          Back in Afghanistan, I hope for the last time.

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                          • #43
                            I didn't use any washers but the toggle nut is big enough and the spread great enough I don't think I'll have any issues. The skull where I drilled is quite thick also. Pretty sure my kids could hang off of the whole works without moving it!

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by ptarmigan View Post
                              I didn't use any washers but the toggle nut is big enough and the spread great enough I don't think I'll have any issues. The skull where I drilled is quite thick also. Pretty sure my kids could hang off of the whole works without moving it!
                              LOL, good to know although i wouldn't recommend letting your kids hang off it... the next thing you'll see would be a rope over the antlers with the kids swinging back and forth.
                              Josh
                              Back in Afghanistan, I hope for the last time.

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                              • #45
                                I mounted it to the wall using a square metal electric box cover I had laying around. I cut out a channel with a dremel in the cover for the 3/8" lag bolt that I put in my wall. This way I could just slide the plaque right over the bolt. I had enough material in the plaque so I could use a speedbore to carve the channel in the wood behind the cover. Not wanting to take chances I did add two more screw holes to the cover. The last thing I added was a couple of thin sticky felt pads to the back of the plaque so it would stay put and not rub the wall. I know you can buy mounting brackets but I had the stuff and it wasn't going to cost me anything. It only took about 10 minutes to make it.



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