HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN EUROPEAN MOUNT
1. The first step in preparing a European mount is cutting off the head at the top of the neck.
2. Once the head is removed from the body, begin cutting off the skin and lower jaw, or boil head to loosen the hide from the skull.
3. Once the hide and lower jaw has been removed from the skull, remove the eyeballs and all excess meat from skull.
4. Once the eyeballs and meat are removed, take aluminum foil and wrap the base the of antlers, and place skull into a pot.
5. Fill the pot with water until the skull is completely submerged, with the water level up to the base of the antlers.
6. Next, pour two large bottles of hydrogen peroxide into the pot, as well as 2 cups of salt. (The hydrogen peroxide is used to bleach the skull, and the salt will help loosen the excess cartilage off the skull.) 7. Let the skull sit in the boiling water for 2 hours.
8. Remove the skull from boiling water, and use a knife or a pressure washer to remove any remaining meat and cartilage. To remove the brain, use a metal coat hanger, insert it into the base of the skull and remove the brain by scraping out of the cavity.
9. Place skull back into the pot and soak for another hour.
10. Repeat STEP 8, by continuing to remove unwanted materials such as meat and cartilage. (Areas of focus are the roof of the mouth, brain, and base of the horns.)
11. Continue to place skull back in the pot and removing it every 30 mins to an hour until all unwanted material is gone.
12. After the skull is relieved of all materials, remove the aluminum foil. If the horns have faded some, it is okay. You can easily fix this by applying brown shoe polish to the base of the horns, in order to bring them back to life. If desired, you can even apply a stain to the horns.
13. After fixing up the horns (If needed), skull needs to be sealed. The European mount should be placed on an old towel or sheet of plastic. Take a full bottle of Elmer's glue, and mix it with a quarter bottle of water. Apply mix of glue and water evenly to skull with hands or a paintbrush. Apply one coat of the mix to the skull.
14. Allow that coat to dry and seal up the skull. Continue this method 3 or 4 times to ensure the skull is completely sealed. To mount skull to a plaque drill a small hole in base of the skull close to the hole where the brain came out of. Run a screw through the back of the plague into the skull this will secure the skull to the plague.