The joy of every athlete or a boxer is winning trophies. Displaying them for people to see crowns it all. This is the best part while going for a game is displaying it and showing your prowess. The many you display the better. Hunters do mount the dead deer’s head across their home. For it to look beautiful, you will need to bleach it. This article explicitly explains how to bleach a deer skull.
Tool Needed for Bleaching
The dish holds the skull as you clean it. It should be cleaned after the whole process.
Protective gear and gloves
The chemicals used to bleach could have adverse effects on your clothes and skin. Besides this, for a freshly hunted deer, the fresh blood will filthy the clothes and spread some diseases.
Some of these tools are boots, glasses, gloves, and an apron.
Fire will be used to boil the skull for ease when cleaning or bleaching. Note, the fire must fit the pot which will be placed.
Water is used to simmer and bleach. After finishing the bleaching exercise it can be used to wash your body just in case some chemicals fell on it.
Bleach or Hydrogen Peroxide
Any house bleach is recommended as it does not have adverse effects. Hydrogen peroxide with a concentration of not more than 12 percent can be used. Chlorine is not recommended as over a while the skull will turn yellow.
Used to protect the condition and color of the skull thought it is not a must. It also keeps the skull clean and white.
This will be used to submerge the skull when bleaching. A large container as well could do well.
It is used to handle the skull and remove any meat that is remaining in the skull. The knife can be used to skin any filtrate from the feet skull.
This process can be done naturally by putting the fresh skull in a tree for the vultures to eat the meat. Alternatively using a sharp knife you can remove by using a knife.
Detaching the Neck Bone from the Head
This has to be done carefully to avoid destroying the structure. The veins, nerves, and tissues around the neck must be removed too.
Dislocating the parts
Remove the lower jaw from the head and also remove the tongue and eyes leaving the socket.
Removing the brain
This is the hardest part. However, if you can get a peg-like wire it will be removed bits by bits.
Alternative Skinning Method
Nature will help skin the skull through the predators. This option is stress-free but it comes with challenges. Some predators may destroy the bone.
You can bury the skull for some time allowing the worms and ants to remove the skins and the body parts through decomposing. The sun can help speed the decomposing process but it can bleach the antlers. You may need to cover the antlers with a dark cover.
Note that these processes can be time-consuming and the foul smell while removing them may not be pleasant.
Boil the water in the large container bringing it to the boiling point and dip in the skull for 30 to 45 minutes. This process will help remove any unwanted bits that were hard to remove.
Avoid overcooking it and let it dry for a few hours after removing it.
They say beautiful things wait and before boiling there is a different method for the patient persons. This process requires one to dip and soak the skull in water for a month. The bacteria found in water will chew up the remaining flesh that may be in difficult places including the brain. You can bypass this process to boiling.
Bleaching the skull
Among the most used and effective chemicals used for bleaching is hydrogen peroxide. It has both whitening and sanitizing properties. The concentration must produce bubbles for it to be effective. Do not bleach the antlers as they needed to be of natural colors.
Before you bleach make sure that the skull is dry. When bleaching mixes the water and the bleach in the concentration. Submerge the skull only leaving the antlers (horns) above the solution.
Let it rest until it becomes sparkling white. You may leave it at that state for a few days but not more than a week.
Other methods of bleaching
- Use a brush to paint the skull with hydrogen peroxide.
- Using the soaked paper towels, drip it all over the skull.
- Boiling the hydrogen peroxide and submerge the skull halfway.
- Using a cup, splash the top part of the skull with the solution for some time till every place is covered with the solution.
Some parts of the skull may fall such as the teeth. You can return them and mount them with super glue before coating. Adding lacquer will make it shine and preserve its color. This should be done after drying the skull.
Your skull is now ready for displaying or selling it. Note that it takes time for the chemicals to fully dry and therefore if you are displaying in your house keep it away from children.
The whole process should be carefully taken otherwise you may splash yourself with the chemicals. The process must be done outdoor rather than indoor. If you have several skulls in your homestead, you can label them on the day when you killed the game. The situation helps visitors to understand and see your achievements. The most important thing is to know how to bleach a deer skull. It does not hurt by bringing a professional to help you make it look more professional.