HOW WHITE IS RED EYE WHITE?

The proof is in the results !!!

I would say, really white!

Please take notice the folded over white paper towel. That is a good reference to how white we get our specimens. We folded over the paper towel so the black polyurethane table top would not affect the whiteness of the paper towel. In the images below you will notice the three different looks to the skulls. FYI, the whitened coyote skull has only gone through Stage 5 (level 1 whitening). The Whitetail Doe in the middle is a deadhead we found in the woods the same day. The Whitetail Buck skull on the right has been in degreasing for almost a week and has not had whitening chemicals added to it yet. These photos are a great representation of the RED EYE EUROPEAN MOUNTS quality. RED EYE will not make them this white if you want the natural look. Continue reading to see our process and thank you for visiting our website!

the red eye european mount Process

Red Eye European Mounts Taxidermy Near Me Stage 1

drop off

  • There are a few ways you can start this stage of our process.
  • You can book an appointment online or call us to setup a drop-off.
  • When you first come to RED EYE we will evaluate your animal to look over many things.
  • If you caped your animal in preparation for a discount, you may be eligible for a hide discount.
  • We check all discounts and price deductions you are eligible for. If we have them and they are eligible, we will apply them.
  • We assign and attach a waterproof tag to your mount for easy tracking through our entire process.
  • We will take notes on what you are wanting.
  • We will ensure you understand the base price, the estimated time-frame, and that additional custom costs may come.(99% of the time there will not be additional costs)
  • We must collect 50% of the base cost.
Red Eye European Mounts Taxidermy Near Me Stage 2

Deboning

  • We will ensure to remove the skull properly from the neck vertebrae.
  • Then we remove as much meat and tendons from the skull.
  • We remove the brains for a faster turn around time and decreases odors in our taxidermy shop.
Red Eye European Mounts Taxidermy Near Me Stage 3

beetles

  • We freeze the animal head for a minimum of 4 hours or drown the skull in water for two days to make sure there are not any unwanted pests or guest that could infect our beetle habitats.
  • Then into the beetles it goes!
  • We leave the skull in the beetle habits until all soft tissue is gone and the internal tissues are turned to frass.
Red Eye European Mounts Taxidermy Near Me Stage 4

degreasing

  • The process of whitening bones is not done in the whitening stage, it is done in the degreasing stage.
  • This stage takes the longest time and you have to get this right the first time or bones have a hue of off white or a yellow discoloration.
  • Our stages do not damage the bones, and keeps them 100% intact.
  • Our degreasing will get ALL of the grease out of the bone to ensure an increased amount of whiteness and it will stay white longer than a lot of our competitors. (we only use the best chemicals and products to achieve maximum whiteness)
  • We do not boil heads to degrease. We control and keep a steady temperature way below boiling to ensure the quality and strength of the bones.
  • If possible, we remove the ear buds in this stage. As the ear buds hold a lot of grease, it is inevitable that they will turn a darker color so RED EYE removes them. The simmering at our recommended degree will moisten the bones to the point they almost fall out on their own. If your current taxidermist does not do this, please require it from them on the next mount.
Red Eye European Mounts Taxidermy Near Me Stage 5

Whitening 1

  • We do multiple levels of whitening to ensure the whitest bones are the long-lasting result.
  • Level one is the start to the process with our proprietary whitening/color killing chemicals.
  • This level of whitening pulls the colors out of the bones before we can apply the final touches of forcing in the long-lasting white colors in the next stage.
  • All of our chemicals are safe and do not harm the bones.
Red Eye European Mounts Taxidermy Near Me Stage 6

Whitening 2

  • The second level of whitening is almost the same as level 1 but it is a more intense process that pushes the whitening chemicals deeper into the bones.
  • All the colors are now out of the bones so we need to make the bones snow white.
  • Stage 5 opens the bone pores and pulls colors out of the bones.
  • Stage 6 deep dives into the specimen, utilizing heat and whitening chemicals.
  • All of our chemicals are safe and do not harm the bones.
  • We then seal in the white by clogging the pores of the bones with a special mix intended to seal out the elements.
Red Eye European Mounts Taxidermy Near Me Stage 7

pick up

  • When picking up you will be required to bring your checkout amount. (credit/debit card and cash only)
  • You will be notified via the way you annotate on your profile in our system.
  • You can keep the tag that the deer went through our process with or throw it away.
  • We keep the tag number on record for the DNR or other law enforcement reasons.