jinx yomeacoke (briliantblew) wrote in ctaxidermy,
jinx yomeacoke
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jaw bone cleaning

I have a few questions about cleaning jaw bones. First off, let me explain my situation. I recently started collecting bones, logically i thought the best place to get the bones was from a dead animal. As i didn't want to either A. cut up ground hogs and skunks and raccoons that had begun to decompose, or B. make my own bug box, i figured i would let it happen naturally.  At this point  I have quite a few ground hog jaws, they no longer have any type of tissue on them, and they have been dry and tissue-less for about a month.  they are, however,  a dirty brownish-gray.  How should i clean these?  I've read that i should either boil them or keep them in a jar of water for a few weeks in order to de-grease them. I've also read that the latter smells, as i am in a college dorm, i don't think my roommate would appreciate that.  I also, won't spend the money on a pot for bone cleaning specificaly, and i still want to be able to eat out of my pot without retching.   Is this process crucial?  Also, when i clean them with peroxide do i boil them in it or do i scrub them with it? If i boil them in peroxide, does that kill two birds with one stone and rid them of grease and whiten at the same time? As far as teeth go, when cleaning, is there any special care needed? I've heard that they need to be coated them with epoxy, does this mean mix the epoxy so it becomes adhezive, then coat them, or use just the curative part?  

thanks!
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