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  1. Carol Ryan Reply

    The outer keratin horn covering has come off and how can I reattach it to the bone? Can I use some sort of epoxy or small screws?

    • Dave Yeti Post authorReply

      Hey Carol,

      Since I don’t know the thickness / quality, I won’t recommend screws. If you feel it’s sturdy enough at the base of the horn, then you can screw in. If not, go with epoxy – risk you run there is it coming off in the future if someone grabs by the horns and they’re left standing with keratin, meanwhile your skull is smashed on the floor. So, proceed cautiously 🙂

  2. Amy Reply

    What do you do to the horns to get them so shiny? The skull I have is clean but the horns are dull looking.

  3. Sydney Weis Reply

    HI! I have recently started to play with the idea of painting some cow skulls that we have on our farm. I would like to embellish the skull (after painting) with lace. How do you recommend going about that? I was thinking mod podge, but wasn’t sure! The skull also has a horn, but I am not sure how to remove the keratin covering. Thanks for the help!

  4. SHILOH Reply

    I live out in West Texas my name and my name is SHILOH. I am an artist by trade I work with fire and glass recently I have had the strangest abscess in with bones. Luckily all the bones I get our free when you live out in the middle of nowhere Big Bend national Park you come across them quite frequently. I found what I’m guessing is or was too full grown cow who is gotten stuck in a swamp nothing was left but there bones. I got a full vertebrae still intact skulls another vertebrae it is not intact but I have all the pieces. I have set them in Hydrin peroxide left them in the sun for over 2448 hrs. and I am not quite sure how to display then or what quite to do.? I I cleaned thoroughly the intact vertebrae painted the top goals and I was contemplating on doing the bottom black or white Nevada brewery from the other cow which is in pieces I was thinking to three complementary colors and tie them to one of the hip bones in such a way that it might make a unique Winchime… Any suggestions?

  5. Kris Wirta Reply

    I would like to get my brother in law a nice gift for Christmas. He paints skulls and has many on his shelf ready to create. Can you recommend a gift to help him in his creative process? thank you, Kris

    • Dave Yeti Post authorReply

      Hm, kinda stuck on this one Kris. If he doesn’t have any spray paints, I’d recommend getting him a good assortment of cans. That’s where a lot of my creativity comes from is in the middle of getting the base layer down. Just part of the experimentation process. I’ll keep noodling on it though and let you know if I come up with something that sounds a little bit more like an actual “gift”.

  6. Rachel Reply

    Hi Dave,
    I have just came across your site. Im in Australia. What kind of paint is best to use on the skull after priming


    • Dave Yeti Post authorReply

      Hey Rachel,

      It really depends on what sort of look you’re going for. Acrylic works fine if you’re trying to do something very specific. I prefer spray paints just because I’m experimenting a lot with abstract designs, etc. Folks do oil too, but I think that’s just too expensive and tedious due to the intricacies of the skulls. If you go the spray paint route, you can buy cheap for a base layer and then I recommend buying some higher quality outdoor cans, the ones that can be used on wood, plastic, etc. – helps with long-term durability. If you put the skull outside, buy a UV protectant sealer (also sold in cans at hobby stores). Hope this helps.


  7. Chad Cooley Reply

    Hey Dave,

    I’m wanting to hang a skull outside. Is there anything special I need to do to get it to last in the elements?

    • Dave Yeti Post authorReply

      Yep – go to Hobby Lobby, go to their spray paint section, and there is a UV protectant gloss you can buy and it works great. I like to use the high gloss one, but both are good. Careful spraying it — read the label about humid conditions, I’ve goofed up a few jobs along the way because I was impatient.

  8. Nan Reply

    Mr. Yeti,
    My folks raised Longhorn, Watusi, goats, and various exotics. I am planning to “Jewel them up”. I picked out a goat and a longhorn to get started,. The longhorn was probably varnishes, when I used the air compressor to get dust and bugs off & out, a thin yellow layer started to peel. What would be best to clean that off,,,light sand paper, or something else?? What is best to seal loose pieces? Will Paint seal the surface well enough, or will it come off with the weight of the bling? They have been here for a long time. My dad passed about 10 years ago, and most had been here for a while before that.

    • Dave Yeti Post authorReply

      Hey Nan,

      Depends on what you mean by “pieces” — if it’s the typical flakes, don’t both trying to glue or seal them on, they will eventually come off. If it’s teeth, get some gorilla glue. If it’s anything larger than a flake, I also recommend gorilla glue.

      Really cool you have access to the Watusi skulls…been looking for some of those for a while.

  9. casey Reply

    Hi Dave, thanks for the advice. I recently did some acrylic/ink/UV ink art on a deer skull and I have a question about the antlers: Do you know how to seal them off so that their porous surface doesn’t soak up/bleed (UV) ink applied to them? I was going to try a matter clear coat on them, then ink on them, then clear coat again. Have any experience with this?

    • Dave Yeti Post authorReply

      Hey Casey, thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry, I actually don’t have any experience with sealing antlers.

  10. Liezel Kok Reply

    Hallo Dave,
    I work at a taxidermy and think that its a wonderful idea. I am in Namibia and don’t know what kind off paint to use. Can you please advise. Thank you so much.

  11. Jason May Reply

    Hi Dave,

    My Uncle bleeds burnt orange. He just helped my out a ton with something and I want to repay him. Are you still available to recreate the burnt orange skull and if so what kind of price range are we looking at?

  12. Patrice Reply

    Hi Dave,
    I have a bull, bison or cow skull.
    Not sure which.
    Anyway, do I want to prime the horns as well as skull to spray paint a high gloss on both?
    Appreciate your knowledge and Thank you.
    Rochester, NY

    • Dave Yeti Post authorReply

      Hi Patrice, I hope you and your family are safe and well.

      1. Bison skulls are really large and have a broader forehead than most cow skulls – just FYI! 🙂

      2. Horns consist of a short, bone like inner-core and then the “shell” outer-core. I would prime the bone/inner and then leave the outer-core as is. You an also sandpaper the outer-core depending on how decomposed it is. Sanding will give it the sleek shine you see on bison and longhorn skulls. If you sand it, use a sanding machine and make sure you layer the grits – 60 > 80 > then maybe a 100 / 120. You can also do partial sanding (my favorite) to give it a refined but still rustic look.

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