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advice on whitening up old skull caps??
Feb 21st, 2015 at 4:26pm
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Hey guys, Any advice on whitening old skull caps?  Can you still boil them if they are a few years old to whiten them??
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Re: advice on whitening up old skull caps??
Reply #1 - Feb 21st, 2015 at 6:25pm
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boiling wont make them white, it just lifts the flesh etc.
give them a scrub and soak in either mild bleach and water or peroxide and water.
hose off and leave in the sun for a day or two where dogs cant reach them.
  
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Re: advice on whitening up old skull caps??
Reply #2 - Feb 22nd, 2015 at 7:14am
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great stuff! Thanks Chris
  
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Reply #3 - Feb 24th, 2015 at 11:11am
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If there's a bit of dried flesh still on the skull still I usually simmer it for 15-20 minutes, then pressure wash and proceed with peroxiding it.

I usually rip strips of white towel and soak those in peroxide 70/water 30 solution and then wrap the skull in the soaked towel.

Poke screwed up soaked paper towels into eye sockets, nose cavities etc if you're real keen.

Leave it to sit for at least 24 hours, then take the towel off and give it a good rinse and leave in the sun for a few days to dry.

It will come out pearly white.
  
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Reply #4 - Feb 24th, 2015 at 11:15am
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Here's a head I repaired after I found it a couple of years after shooting it;


http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi?num=1339977169/0
  
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Reply #5 - Feb 25th, 2015 at 8:33am
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Where do you get your peroxide from Josh? The only stuff I can find is in little white bottles from the supermarket but it's only 3%.
  

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Re: advice on whitening up old skull caps??
Reply #6 - Feb 25th, 2015 at 9:11am
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Try Googling "medical grade hydrogen peroxide" there are a number of sites and you should be able to buy a litre of 35% for about 30 dollars, take care.
  
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Reply #7 - Feb 25th, 2015 at 10:31am
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Ta for that!
  

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Reply #8 - Feb 25th, 2015 at 11:05am
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I buy it off a guy on Trademe, in 5 litre containers.

Take your pick;

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/SearchResults.aspx?searchString=hydrogen+peroxid...
  
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Re: advice on whitening up old skull caps??
Reply #9 - Mar 2nd, 2015 at 1:01pm
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You can buy it in small bottles from the chemist too. Comes in 3% and 6% options. One small bottle of 6% will be fine for a red skull. brush it on, and leave it in the sun. repeat until you've achieved the desired 'Whiteness', rinse and dry again.
Don't get it on the antlers though.
  

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Re: advice on whitening up old skull caps??
Reply #10 - Apr 12th, 2015 at 2:28pm
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I have a nice fresh head and antlers, what's the best thing to do with it to prepare it?
  

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Re: advice on whitening up old skull caps??
Reply #11 - Apr 27th, 2015 at 8:41am
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1. Skin the head if you didn't in the bush.
2. Get a long thin 'steak' knife up into the brain cavity and smoosh it around in all directions to get ALL the brain material out. Twist and pull the knife out slowly as you go, this will help to wrap the brain casing around the knife & remove it. Most of the brain will just run down the knife blade & out.
3. Boil it in a big rectangular pot, cover it to just up to the coronets, not onto the antlers as the rendered fat gets all stuck in the bases. Once boiling turn it right down to a gentle simmer for 3-4 hours.
4. Pull it out and pull off all the meat, take special care at the back of the skull as there's lots of attachment points that hold meat & cartilage. Use an old wire brush if you've got one.
No need to remove the fine bones inside the nose, the meat in here usually dissolves during the second boil.
5. Clean the water & repeat. Add some of the wifes oxy-action type soap powder or nappysan or maybe dishwash liquid to both boils too.
6. Go to the chemist and buy 1x 100ml bottle of 6% Hydrogen Peroxide. Brush it on the skull and leave in the sun to dry. Don't get any on your clothes or the antlers! Repeat until it's as white as you'd like it. Usually 2 or 3 coats is plenty.
7. To get a professional look, give the antlers two coats of Danish oil. It gives them a 'wet' look and really brings out the colour.
8. Hang on wall, open a beer and admire your handy work!  Cool

Here's some past & present attempts:


Wanganui 12 Boil-Up. Note: Too Deep! don't cover the coronets.


Two from this years Tararua Roar, young 6 & older 4. 12point Wanganui 2012, random Fallow.


This years (Work in Progress, still discoloured), two coats peroxide, but overcast (no sun). Works much better with UV i.e. sunlight.


Finished 12, 3 coats peroxide (in sunlight) & Danish oiled. (Also 3yrs more daylight).


The 12 also carried a much much bigger skull, and was a huge stag.
  

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Reply #12 - Apr 28th, 2015 at 9:34pm
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Thanks for your help.
  

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Reply #13 - Apr 30th, 2015 at 8:02pm
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Re: advice on whitening up old skull caps??
Reply #14 - May 2nd, 2015 at 12:09am
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Typically you can buy the peroxide 40 vol at a hair supplies shop like hair house warehouse I think last time I paid $8 for a litre it's like a paste so you paint it on and leave it in the sun for a few hours and paint on again continue until you have the desired colour it is worth boiling the skull before peroxide as the peroxide reacts better when the bone is hot you can reheat before each coat or once coated wrap in glad wrap and sit in front of the fire for a couple of hours.
  
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