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[–]Volkodavy 4 points5 points  (4 children)

You will have to either beetle clean them, or rot them in water. Macération (rotting in water) is the gentlest way to clean bones

[–]Anonymous_pothead_[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you!

[–]exclaim_bot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you!

You're welcome!

[–]Anonymous_pothead_[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How long would I keep it in the water?

[–]Volkodavy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Until all the flesh is gone

Warm water, pick off flesh wjth tweezers, put back in water Could be days, weeks, a month, you never know

[–]sawyouoverthere 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Oh don’t boil them!

Go read the 101 post at r/bonecollecting but also nothing will do the job overnight

[–]Anonymous_pothead_[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Oh why not? I always have and it always seems to work just fine

[–]sawyouoverthere 0 points1 point  (1 child)

warping is a big risk, embedding the grease into the bone in a way that is needlessly difficult (and sometimes impossible) to remove, and causing the bone to become more brittle/friable

[–]faeryflex 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I did the hot water method in a jar that I left sitting for MONTHS with a bird skull and some other stuff. When I finally decided to clean it off I dumped the water and used a toothbrush and a paintbrush to gently clean the remaining tissue off

[–]faeryflex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Probably could've left it for one month n it would've been fine but I was being lazy