There are many reasons why you may want to European mount a skull to display the animal you proudly harvested. It is a simple process and the final product looks great in your home.
Things You Need
- Skull To Mount – Any Animal
- Sharp knife
- Outdoor Burner and Pot
- Dish Soap – Dawn
- Power Washer
- Hydrogen Peroxide
You can begin by filling the outdoor pot with enough water to boil the skull your mounting. Then turn up the gas and start boiling the water in the pot. While the water is heating up, it is time to remove the skin and meat from the skull with a sharp knife. The more meat you remove from the skull with the knife will require less boiling time. It is great to get enough flesh off the skull to separate the head from lower jaw but if not it will just require more boiling. After you get the knife work done it is time to put the head in the boiling water. I usually insert a piece of wire to pull the head out of the boiling water easily unless the animal is antlered. Drop some dish soap in the boiling water to help cut the grease and fat that boils off the skull.
With the head boiling I clean up the mess from skinning the skull and let it boil for about 30 minutes. (Do Not over boil, it will make the skull brittle.) After the 30 minutes in the boiling water pull the skull out and set aside. Take your pressure washer and start spraying the meat off the boiling head. You will notice that the meat starts to just blow everywhere and soon you will see just bone. It is important to remove all the matter from the bone or it will rot and stink up your house. Be sure to get deep in every crevice. If it is not coming off easily anymore, go ahead and repeat the process of boiling the skull for another 30 minutes and then pressure washing again until it is just clean bone skull.
Once you have a clean skull you can begin the whitening process. Use a bucket or deep pan that will completely cover the skull. With the bone in the pan fill with hydrogen peroxide until it covers the skull. Be careful not to get any peroxide on any antlers as it will discolor them in the process. Dip the skull in the mix for about 30 minutes. Do not over bleach the skull or it will become brittle and break easily. Carefully pull the skull out of the bleach and it is now completely done. An additional tip if you want a bit of shine is to brush on some mop n glow. This will give a little shine and help keep the dust off your new trophy display.
Here is a video to show the demonstration of the entire process
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