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close this bookSmall-Scale Horn Processing (ILO - WEP, 1988, 104 p.)
close this folderCHAPTER I. HORN AND ITS PREPARATION
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View the document1. Supply
View the document2. Horn varieties
View the document3. Extraction of cores
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4. Cleaning of horns

To prepare horns for processing, their external surface simply needs to be washed in cold water containing a little detergent. The remains of ligaments adhering to the inside of the horn may be removed by swabbing with a long-handled brush or mop while keeping the inside full of soapy water (figures I.6 and I.7). Horns should not be washed in hot water as this dissolves the keratin and reduces the lustre of the horn when polished.


Figure I.4: Boiling of horns


Figure I.5: Removal of the core


Figure I.6: Cleaning the inside of a horn


Figure I.7: Cleaning equipment - Long-handled brush


Figure I.7: Cleaning equipment - Long-handled mop