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DIY Taxidermy: Bear Baculum

Note: First things first, getting your own baculum is the primary step in this process. Trappers and hunters have been acquiring them for years, the old-old fashioned way… we suggest doing the same and wish you the best of luck.

The baculum of various animals come with a great deal of Americana and folklore attached. Most male mammals have baculum, although no two species’ are identical. Raccoon, bear and skunk baculum are the most common to be found in a taxidermist’s possession. Known in the south as “Texas toothpicks,” or “Abrahams,” it would not be uncommon for baculum to be used in bridal bouquets, as toothpicks, or worn as charms by women attempting to conceive. In Alaska, the baculum of black bear and grizzlies are used as cocktail stirrers. Polar bear baculum have been used traditionally by the Inuit people as knife handles.

So, what do you do once you have your baculum? You could spend the money to have it treated by your local taxidermist, or you could spend less and have the satisfaction of doing it yourself. It’s easy, and this method will work for any baculum. Here’s how:

Materials:

  • Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Measuring Cup
  • Pot
  • Bleach
  • Toothbrush

Step 1:

If your baculum still has a great deal of meat attached to it, soak the bone in a bowl of bleach. Do so for 30-minute intervals until the meat is dissolved and you are left with just the baculum. Take care not to soak it for too long or leave it unattended, as prolonged exposure to bleach can damage the bone.

Step 2: Fill a small pot about halfway with water. Measure out half a cup of washing soda and pour it into the water. Bring the water to a boil.

Step 3: Place your baculum into the water and let it simmer for about 6 minutes. This will clean your baculum. You can keep it in there for up to 10 minutes, if you have not reached the desired effect yet.

Step 4: Remove baculum from pot. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into your measuring cup. Using a toothbrush, scrub the baculum. This will help whiten up the bone and give it the desired coloring.

 

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