No Chas, not in color, not unless theyre weird.jcathunter, I'm not familar with preserving claws or skulls so what do you mean by better than a painted skull...do foks actually paint them a color?
Only time will get all the yellow out. Try boiling it (in a BIG pot) with water and bleach mix. Works good. Easy to do on a camp stove OUTSIDE to prevent the enevitable stink. And as long as you put a coat hanger thru it, it can be removed and scraped/scrubbed at any time. A couple knives and a 3m pad is Way cheaper.well we pulled the claws got off as much flesh as we could and have left them out side for awhile
still have not done the skull yet its still in the freezer.
I have read that after boiling ect if you soak it in water with dawn dishsoap in it it will get the grease out of the bone to prevent the yellowing.
but im running out of time so I may have to take it to the taxidmist.
For about $60 bucks you can take the skull(deer & elk european mounts, bear, boar, whatever) to a ''beatle farm'' or ask your taxidermist who has beatles. You get a ''tag'' with a number on it matching the wire tag tied to the bear skull and lower jaw. The skull is lowered into a big tank filled with hungry beatles.The beatles DEVOUR anything and everything thats not bone. Really helpfull when getting the gums around the teeth and the nasal cavity and all the other nooks and cranny's that are virtualy imposible to reach. A quick boil is sometimes needed afterward for final cleanup before enamel.winmag, what is meant by "use the beatles"?