Taxidermy Skulls

I have some old animal skulls I found out in a field. How can I clean them up and prepare them for resale?

Taxidermy, skulls, old skulls, goat skull, deer skull, animal skeletons
Please stop sending me details on how to clean fresh skulls. I know about boiling, micro-organisms, beetles, and Biz. I need to know what to do with a skull that's already cleaned, but brittle due to age and exposure to the elements. These are OLD skulls.

If they are already decayed down to bone you can skip the boiling part and just soak them in a week bleach or a hydrogen peroxide solution for 3-8 hours. Boiling is mainly for removing tissue and could cause old bones to fall apart. Watch them closely to make sure you bleach just enough to clean them and not dissolve them. When they whiten up use an old tooth brush to give them a final scrubbing. You may need to glue teeth in or attach loose parts after they dry. Any white glue should work well for this.

This is a good preparation article but starts with a fresh kill. You may be able to skip straight to step 4.

http://www.skullsite.co.uk/Preparation/preppics.htm

From what you've described I would probably proceed something like this:

1. wash
2. scrub
3. bleach
4. scrub again if necessary
5. dry
6. articulate as necessary and glue
7. display

NOTE : If there are horns you may want to remove them before bleaching or position the skull so that the horns are not bleached. Bleach could discolor or damage the horn material.

Here's more advice on skull prep: http://www.taxidermy.net/forums/BeginnersArticles/01/k/012A9E23A4.html

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