This blog is meant to help educate and instruct those who wish to learn how to clean Ethically Scavenged bones.
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the dreaded last bits of connective tissue! always a pain in the ass..
two methods that have worked for me in the past :
1) Give it a day or so in peroxide and then back into the maceration tub : try to keep the water warm (sunny window, near a heater, etc) and add a bit of dish soap. this can whiten them quite a bit, so a soak in black tea can be used to darken the bones back up
2) let it try and scrape/sand it off. this is trickier with small bones. If you can get your hands on a scalpel or similar they work wonders!
Are there any specific Bone cleaning or animal bone questions you guys have?
I could do a few posts with bone comparison of commonly found bones : deer, raccoon, coyote.
let me know ?
Maceration! I’d suggest getting a large plastic tub (or 5 gallon bucket) and soaking it in warm water for a while to loosen any dirt and grime.
Once its mostly clean you can take a tooth brush, or other small scrubby brush and some dish soap and get all the last bits off.
Just the warm, soapy soak should lighten the color a bit as it removes dirt and oils - but you could also give it a little peroxide bath to help whiten it.
That happens to me to, always so frustrating when the last little bits refuse to cooperate. I’d suggest maceration in very warm, soapy water (i use mrs.myers) and scrubbing with a toothbrush! Sometimes a good dip in peroxide can help to loosen up tissue as well.
If you have access to them, newer medical scalpels come in the BEST shapes and angles and are great for getting little bits of flesh off skulls!
hope that helped!