Tutorial cleaning bones PART 1Tutorial cleaning bones PART 14 years ago in Other More Like This
So you have a raw skull or bone. This means the bone or skull still has flesh/meat on it. There are several ways to get it clean. Some of which I may forget to mention even.
STEP 1: getting the bones free of flesh
Choices: water, bugs, range cleaning, and sweating
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MACERATION or SIMMERING-
Macerating means soaking them in water. Put the raw bones in warm water, you can use the summer sun, a heat lamp, a fish tank heater, etc. to keep the water warm. Change half the water every 3 to 5 days until no more flesh and meat is attached. I've also had luck in not changing the water at all. You want to keep some bacteria and give them room to keep multiplying. You do NOT need to add any other cleaner to this mixture, the bacteria of rotting meat and guts is enough.
Some are tough and may take longer. The firs
Tutorial cleaning bones PART 2Tutorial cleaning bones PART 24 years ago in Other More Like This
Ok, here is STEP 2 which deals with degreasing. If your bones or skulls still have meat on them see STEP 1 again.
STEP 2: getting the bones free of grease
Choices: Dawn, acetone, ammonia...
NOTE ON BLEACH: it is really NOT a choice here. I made this mistake once and I can tell you from experience it de-calcifies bone and makes them start to flake and become soft and mushy.
And the grease? It is STILL THERE.
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DAWN with "bleach alternative"-
The bleach alternative in this dish soap is actually just a whitening agent much like peroxide, it is not actually bleach.
You need warm or hot water. Ideally you want it between 95 and 120 degrees F. Any hotter and I have been told you can cool the grease right into the bone.
You will need a bucket or tub of some kind. Squeeze out a bit of dish soap into there, like you ar