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  • ISED8UB commented on carpenterant96's instructable Preserve Your Own Animal Skull6 months ago
    Preserve Your Own Animal Skull

    A wire cage is perfect for such a project. I found an old suet bird feeder cage was perfect for the fire ant mounds. A bucket over the mound or a tent stake through the cage will provides a great way to secure bones from scavengers. One note about ants. If your specimen is small I suggest you check on this daily as the ants have been known to destroy completely smaller specimens. I recently completed a catfish skull which was very challenging. I used a cold water submersion technique that proved very effective. I placed the specimen in a five gallon bucket. Placed a stick across the inside to prevent specimen from floating to top. Added A cup of borax. Filled bucket to top. Put on lid. 1 month later. Opened bucket (that was a pretty nasty task. Do away from house. It stinks). Poured th...see more »A wire cage is perfect for such a project. I found an old suet bird feeder cage was perfect for the fire ant mounds. A bucket over the mound or a tent stake through the cage will provides a great way to secure bones from scavengers. One note about ants. If your specimen is small I suggest you check on this daily as the ants have been known to destroy completely smaller specimens. I recently completed a catfish skull which was very challenging. I used a cold water submersion technique that proved very effective. I placed the specimen in a five gallon bucket. Placed a stick across the inside to prevent specimen from floating to top. Added A cup of borax. Filled bucket to top. Put on lid. 1 month later. Opened bucket (that was a pretty nasty task. Do away from house. It stinks). Poured through a strainer. Every bone recovered completely white. Let dry in sun for another week.

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