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Old 11-29-2012, 02:58 PM
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So years ago I use to live in this farm house and I would go adventuring through the old barns that were down the road from me.. Well anyways I had found a well intact horse skull in one of the barns.. Back when I was at the Great Waters Expo.. one of the booths had what I thought was this really nice fly holder he had made out of what looked like wood.. but later he explained to me it was a moose jaw.. and that he used some sort of oil that brings out the "grain" of the bone which gives it that "good grain" look.. Can someone tell me what that oil is?(as I have forgotten)

Second question.. I'd love to turn this into a one of a kind tool caddy for my fly tying desk.. Is there any special drill bits I should use? I'm also guessing I'll want to take ever precaution to wear a face mask and have proper ventilation as I'll be drilling into organic material which could cause some possible serious health problems if i was to inhale any amount of bone..

If anyone has ever done anything like this I'd love to hear how you did it..

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Damn, you must either have a lot of small tools, or some GARGANTUAN tools!!!

I'd start out by getting that bad boy sandblasted by an artist with very fine silica sand, and/or getting it steam cleaned... by the look of his teeth, he may have been from the UK =P

You'll likely have to build some kind of false base/bottom inside the skull so when you drill holes to store items, you can control the depth of the holes. You could plug up the eye sockets/holes and pour a resin inside it, but then it's going to get pretty heavy.

As for drilling it (when you get to that point) you'll probably need the type of drills they use for ceramic tile and you'll have to drill at slow speeds... and to avoid shattering the bone, drill small pilot holes first that you will enlarge with a second bit.

Don't have any idea on the bone oil- you might want to talk to a taxidermist or a museum curator/archivist.
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Don't have any idea on the bone oil- you might want to talk to a taxidermist or a museum curator/archivist.
Beat me to it. This last bit is what I was going to post up as this is a 'one shot' deal. Screw it up and how do you back up? I'd leave this one to a 'Pro.'

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Pretty sure it was Tim Holschlag's booth that had it.. Guess I'll shot him an email and find out.. For some reason I wanna say it was Neem Oil....

As for the big tools.. nah.. not big.. just would like to drill some holes to hold bobbins, scissors, whip finish tool, etc
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I'd have to guess mineral oil, as it won't go rancid like food based oils.

A ceramic or masonry bit will work best, just go slow as said above. A small diamond core bit will give clean holes if you are worried about fracture.

We soaked an elk vertebra in vinegar for a couple of days. The light acid did a decent job cleaning the bone. Steam cleaning will probably get it cleaner looking though.
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My guess is tung oil, which is used to finish fine furniture. It hardens as it dries and does not darken or spoil. But make sure you get pure tung oil since some "tung oil finish" products are not pure tung oil.

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I was thinking either tung or teak oil.
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It is an unusual item, I'd leave it as it is.
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It is an unusual item, I'd leave it as it is.
I may actually just leave it alone.. maybe use the tung oil to give it a nicer finish.. but in the end not turn it into a tool caddy.. more so out of laziness.. and like ya'll have said.. it's cool...

His teeth do look a little janky.. Is there anything I can do to clean them without possibly having them fall out? they seem rather fragile in their position. ie: they shake around.. don't want them to fall out of the sockets... If anything.. I'll leave them alone and I'll just call him Reginald
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Before you decide what to do, you can test the tung oil on the underside/inside of the skull where it would not be visible. If you like the look, you can do the entire skull or leave it alone if not.
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