of bleaching and sanding a Texas Longhorn skull mount
Our decorative skull mounts derive from the family cattle ranch in Southern MO.
We begin by thoroughly power washing the skull. once it completely dries, we whiten the skull bone to remove any discoloration. We use a mixture of white powder (hair bleach) and 30 volume peroxide (hair developer) to lighten the skull. We cover the horns in plastic, then spread the mixture all over the skull bone inside and out. The skull is then wrapped in plastic wrap and left in the sun. After 4 hours we remove the plastic and power wash the skull and let it dry before removing the plastic off of the horns. We take special care not to let the bleach mixture touch the horns, because it would eat holes in the horn quickly. Depending on the age and condition of the skull, the resulting color of the skull bone can vary in scale from cream to white to gray.
The horns of our skull mounts are the original horns grown on the skull (more often then not, the skulls you see online are horns that are cut off and reattached to random skulls that never had horns in the first place)
A real Texas Longhorn skull, has bone that runs half way up the length of the horn. This bone increases the strength of the mount, and the durability of the the horn, because it is an exact fit to the shape of the skull bone it is grown from.
The horns are in rough shape when they are received. Full of deep scars from years of scratching on trees and fence posts. We begin by removing many of the outer layers of the horn with hand sanders. Starting with 60 grit, and working our way down to 320 grit. This process removes the majority, but not all of the scratches and scars. Sometimes the scars must be left, so we do not jeopardize the structural integrity of the horn.
To get them to the final stage you see in the photos, we finish the horns by hand polishing them with Steel wool and 600 grit sand paper. This final honing process brings out the natural beauty, luster, shine and rich color pattern of the horn. We protect the horns by applying a protective polyurethane finish. Finishes on the horns can vary from high gloss to matte depending on the piece.
Our skulls are then crafted and adorned with vintage designer costume jewelry that we collect from local estate sales. Necklace's brooches, earrings, bracelets, rings, belts, & shoe clips embellish our works.
Designers include: Juliana, Crown Trafari, Weiss, Lisner, Kramer, Eisenberg, Hollycraft, Cora,
Castlecliff, Monet Art, & BSK , just to name a few.
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