Tutorial cleaning bones PART 3Tutorial cleaning bones PART 34 years ago in Other More Like This
Ok, here is STEP 3 which deals with whitening. If your bones or skulls still have dark spots on them see STEP 2 again or read on.
If your bones or skulls still have dark spots in/on them this is grease. Sometimes a soak of whitening and then returning to STEP 2 will help loosen the grease so you can try step 2 again now or do a short version of step 3 to shock the grease and then return to step 2 (step 3 will need to be revisited).
Some people refer to whitening as "bleaching" but bleach has nothing to do with the process! What you need to use is Hydrogen Peroxide. A 24hour soak in the stuff should be enough to whiten your bones. Various people here have various rules on the time but you don't want to soak it longer than a few days.
HP can be reused so if the stuff is still foaming when I take the bones out, I re-bottle it. It does tend to have a short shelf life but if there's foam, it's still
Tutorial cleaning bones PART 1Tutorial cleaning bones PART 15 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