I found this cute little skull the other day. Well, actually, it’s kinda ugly with these wicked teeth (i’m pretty sure it was a Fisher) but i’d like to keep it around for-with to stage Hamlet when ever i get the urge.
Anyway, i’ve had it soaking for 2 days now, 1 day in alcahol and water and 1 day in weak bleach and water mixture. Although most of the flesh - lord this is gross- that was there when i found it is gone there are still some little bits of tissue i can’t seem to get off with a toothbrush (my brother’ll never be the wiser) and the jaw mussles are pretty solid.
I don’t really want to take anything harder like an SOS pad to it because i’m scared it will scratch and I’m not sure if i should stick it in some more bleach as there are alredy some spots that are lookin kinda thinned and a couple pin holes that wern’t there before. What else can i try?
It’s probably a good thing that i’m new at this, but i am pretty clueless.
Dude, aren’t you worried that the skull might have come from a guy who was murdered in the area? If it’s a human skull, why in the name of holy hell didn’t you call it into the cops BEFORE you chucked it into your trunk and took it home like a fifth grader with a hockey trophy?
Yup, it’s that simple. Just bring the water to a gentle boil, insert the skull and come back in a couple of hours. Use a large pot so that you don’t boil off all of the water, and a boiling bag so you don’t accidentally lose small parts is probably a good idea, too.
Oh, and don’t use a regular toothbrush. Go to a carparts or gun store. Get a nylon bristled brush set, probably set ya back about $5 or so. You’ll get some smaller brushes and be able to reach all of the little spots that held soft tissues.
Once the skull’s clean, a clearcoat lacquer will strengthen the bone and help prevent oxidation. It will change the texture just a little bit, and if you use too much it’ll be shiny, but it’s well worth the trade, IMHO.
I would like to make it very very VERY clear that is is NOT A HUMAN SKULL
And while were at it, why the hell would that be the first conclusion you come to?? Especally after the thing about the teeth, i mean my god man.
Anyway, i’d like to thank handandahalf for the advise. I was thinking about boiling it but then i though “nah, that just seems weird”. Nice to know i can be weird AND right. Thank you very much!
Larry thanks for the picture. The first one i found was at skullsunlimited.com and it fit pretty well exactly, as did yours, though mine doesn’t have that ridge on it’s head. I think it got pretty banged around by what ever took it out, all i found was his skull and one bone and the skull has some fairly hefty damage.
Once again, may i point out that it is NOT A HUMAN SKULL and suggest that Daowajan seeks help and a nice cup of tea.
Er, Upham, maybe they got the idea you meant a human skull because you mentioned staging Hamlet with it. The skull in Hamlet is a human skull, not a Fisher skull. Actually, it’s a Yorick skull, I believe.