Making a European Mount
Coat hangar to make a wire hook
Outdoor grill / hot plate
3-4 liters of 40-volume peroxide (beauty supply
Fast-drying strong glue
1-Skin out the bear skull
2-Boil the bear skull and remove all tissue
- Sharp knife
- Carefully pull the hide away from the
skull and cut the connecting
tissue/sinew with the large surface of the
knife. Always pull the hide and be
especially careful if keeping the hide for a
rug or life-sized mount.
- Cut the ear cartilage as close to the base
of the skull as possible.
- Cut around the eyelids carefully if
keeping the hide.
- Cut behind the nose cartilage. Follow the
cutting underneath the jaw, keeping the
lips on the hide.
- Cut the last connecting tissue away from
3-De-grease the bear skull
- Fill up a large pot with enough water to
completely submerge the bear skull.
- Bring water to a boil and submerge the
bear skull (be very careful not to burn
- Allow bear skull to boil for 30 minutes. If
you boil it for too long, the teeth will come
loose and the jaw will break in half.
- After 30 minutes of boiling, allow bear
skull and water to cool down. Remove the
skull and begin to remove flesh and
tissue into the garbage until skull is
cleaned of all tissue and cartilage.
- Use the wire hook to remove the brain
matter from the skull through the back of
the skull (keep any teeth or pieces to
assemble later). You also can pressure
wash the skull carefully to remove some
of the tissue.
4-Whiten the bear skull with peroxide:
- Fill the large pail with water so the bear
skull will be completely submerged in
water. Add a large amount of
dishwashing soap and mix thoroughly so
the water is saturated with soap.
- Completely submerge the bear skull and
hold it under water until all the air has
- Every second day, change the water and
soap mixture to ensure you are removing
all the grease.
- After one week of repeating this step rinse
the bear skull off. If you skip this step
you will end up with a poor finished
product as the bearís natural oils will
seep onto the surface of the skull and
discolor it with yellow spots.
5-Glue teeth and jaw back together
-Enough 40-volume peroxide to
submerge the bear skull
-A large pail
- Take the degreased skull and place it in
- Pour enough peroxide to submerge the
skull. Make sure you are wearing gloves
and safety glasses when handling the
peroxide. It will turn your hands white! If
by some chance you do not have enough
peroxide to completely cover the skull,
you can add a tiny bit of water (but do
not exceed 10% of the total volume as you
will have substandard results).
- Let the bear skull sit in the 40-volume
peroxide for 12-24 hours. If bear skull
still is not completely bone white, let it sit
until you are happy with the results, then
remove it from the peroxide.
-Fast drying strong glue
- If any teeth came out during the process,
or if the jaw separated, you can now glue
it back together.
- If the jaw is in two pieces, you will need to
position the pieces in a way so that the
jaw will not separate while the glue is
- Apply the glue to both sides and hold the
jaw in place until dry.
- Glue and place the teeth back in where
they fell out. Make sure skull is dry when
performing these actions for best results.
- When everything is glued back in place
you are ready to place it on the mantel.
All this information and much more is covered in the book and DVD.