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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2006 05:20:42 PM »

doesnt't seem wierd to us here either. RIght now I'm looking at a bin with two horse skulls and various bones in it. My son is a fabulous artist and was going to use these for his work. We have had these items sitting on our roof in the sun for over a year yes winter as well. They are very white and bright and nothing  gross on them at all. He did have them in the garden near an ant pile for a few weeks but the roof and sun thing worked just great!

« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2006 05:26:29 PM »

The best option is dermestid beetles.

If you use these, just be careful.  I've heard that if they get loose in your house they will eat everything!

And, I don't think you are wierd, but that's probably because I'm even wierder, and often have projects involving animal skulls or bones or hides.
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2006 05:30:18 PM »

I was going to say exactly what teapotdkny suggested. Ants and sun will take care of it.

You think you're weird... my stepmother lined a Santa Clause doll's cloak with roadkill fur. Trust me, bones are much easier to deal with than hide. Or pelt, or whatever you call it.
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2006 05:35:54 PM »

cool. I want a real skull. I wish my dad still hunted so I could get one. all well... Tongue

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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2006 05:37:55 PM »

lol I feel for you; weirdly enough I use to have MANY skulls hanging around my room and decorating my backyard! Tongue

To git rid of all the nasty bacterial you have to let it soak in water and every week or so or when the water starts to get yucky change the water. When the water stays clean, then you can go ahead and soak it in your regular old hyrdogen peroxide and that'll bleach it out; that is if you want it bleached!

I once say a cow skull on this big piece of polished wood and it was a clock! It was awesome! You could even paint "tribal" symbols on the forehead area or whatever! lol Have fun!

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« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2006 02:38:11 AM »

Wow!  I wasn't expecting such a response!  Cheesy There is no biological material left on the skull, or else I wouldn't've picked it up at all.  Ew.  There is, however, a spider web in the brain cavity.  Roll Eyes (kinda like some guys I know  Wink)  I'm just gonna brush that out and leave it outside for a little bit.  It's deffinitely dried out and everything.  My mom is a bit weirded out.  She was like "You know.. Jeffery Dauhmer collected animal skulls."  I was like "Well he also killed those animals, so HA."  She was just crazy-talkin' me.  You know how mothers are when they don't understand your wild creativity.  Roll Eyes I didn't tell her that I had to cross over a barbed wire fence and through a crapload of little trees to get it.  haha.  I'm contemplating which method to use to whiten the skull.  I don't really wanna leave it outside on my room for a year, that's for sure.  I want it in my room NOOOOOOOW.  I'm very impatient.  Grin  The skull does have horns, but they're little and one got its tip broken off.   :oI just remembered something!  I think there might be another skull in out barn, and it has bigger horns. *dances around*  I'll have to go look today.  I'll be home alone, and won't be bugged by one of my parents for being weird.  Wink  Well thank you so much for all your input!!  I promise to post pictures once I finish my project!  Grin
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2006 02:46:05 AM »

My husband (a deer hunter) did this a few years ago.  Instead of the traditional taxidermied deer head he -- after removing the tissue and letting it dry -- used one of those big pots like you would fry a turkey in and boiled it clean then soaked it in  bleach/water, which not only turned it a nice white but the bleach killed all leftover bacteria and smell.  DO NOT USE STRAIGHT BLEACH. 

I suppose you could spray it with a sealer afterward, but it may not be necessary.

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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2006 05:01:44 AM »

  There is, however, a spider web in the brain cavity.  Roll Eyes (kinda like some guys I know  Wink

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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2006 06:39:59 AM »

Georgia O'keefe used cow skulls all the time in her paintings, so you are in good company!

I think it'd be interesting to paint it in a "dia de los muertos'' sugar skull style.

Post some pics if you can.

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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2006 06:44:26 AM »

Ah, such fun!   Are you familiar with Georgia O'keeffe's skull paintings?   I think skulls are very pretty - it is the natural progression of nature.  Have fun with it!  lol, I just went to post this and it told me to review my post - Stifflersmom said the same thing - ah well, great minds think alike...

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