I wanted to update everyone on my antler crown that I wore to the faire last weekend! It held up surprisingly well, though I often forgot it’s range and would smack into a couple flowers with my hands :c So a couple broke their stems or petals but they lasted beautifully and I’ll have plenty more to replace them with. The thing was a bitch to wear, however, because the antlers sat a bit uneven and put lots of pressure on the top of my forehead. It was definitely worth it though, and I received a bunch of compliments! I paired it with a bone staff my aunt made for me (which I will definitely upload a picture of soon!) and loaded myself up on bones and other natural curiosities to complete my odd forest creature costume c:
(As badass as it was to wear and display my curiosities, my heart will always lie with the pirates. A pirate can still hoard bones as treasures, right?!)
I had a very exciting morning yesterday! My friend, who is the bestest friend in the world, had talked to one of her coworkers who has a very large property with some hunter dumps and various other bones he’s seen around. He brought a large bucket full of bones to work and we freaked out at least one person who knew the owner of the truck we were raiding. Everything was cleared up when we went inside to talk to him, so no worries there! He said next time we’ll come over and scour his property; more bone hunting grounds for me c:
Thankfully he let us take the bucket as well, because we needed it to clean all the goodies he left. There was an old cow skull, a good couple chunks of cow spine with ribs attached, a lovely doe skull, a furry deer leg, and probably my favorite piece, a rattlesnake’s rattler! We loaded it up in my friend’s jeep, thoroughly stunk up the place, and now everything’s macerating in that big bucket in my backyard.
These past two days I have been so busy running around to buy our last minute things for the faire these coming weekends. In between working I’ve got to finish my outfits and make sure all my boney-projects are in order so I don’t have to worry about them. So in advance, I do apologize if the blog gets neglected for a little bit. I’ll certainly be taking bunches of pictures to post when everything’s over though!
I apologize for the crappy lighting, but look at my new skull! Went to work today with my dad and the lady had this awesome dog skull hanging on her fence. Said she found it in a dirt lot near her house. He’s such a big boy, full of so many spiders. He’s in a soapy bucket now and should be cleaned up really fast. I’m so happy to have a big dog skull to add to my collection; my terrier has a doggy friend now c:
Its been a while since I’ve done a giveaway and its a good one. I offer you ‘Phase 2’ a popular piece that I pulled from the shop a while back. Most of you know how these contests work: share, tag, wait for the drawing (at the end of the month) and this piece could end up on YOUR doorstep.
Want to increase your odds? I am running this contest across all of my other social networking pages (Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest) as well so you can enter up to 6 times! It won’t do you any good to spam the shit out of your feeds, one entry per site. You can find links to these pages at the bottom of www.forgottenboneyard.com
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Must have a piece by you c: I’m following you with my main blog, an-empty-void
I ordered a bunch of vials and I can’t wait to get them filled! I’ve already put use to a few, my favorite being a ball of African lion’s mane! During summer camp at the barn we took a field trip to a local wildlife center where they used to have a permanent resident lion and they had to constantly cut the mats out of his mane, so they had big balls of his tangled mane and gave us a little c:
The other two vials have rabbit foot bones (smaller has front paws, larger has back feet). Because I process so many rabbit feet I thought they’d make a cute, slightly more morbid twist on the lucky rabbit’s foot charm. Once I manage to separate the rest of the foots bones I have, I hope to sell a few of these c:
Treasure holding his ribs up on his nose while they dry, and resting on one of my favorite books c: I’ll let this side dry and do the other side another day. I think the ribs turned out decent for my first time!
tastethecrazyrainbow said: I mean this in no negative way at all, but is it emotionally stressful to handle your dead pet? I’ve considered this option many a time but have found it too hard to make the disconnect.
The thing about this pet is that he died over 12 years ago. I debated for a while whether or not I wanted to get him, and the thought that when we move away he’ll be stuck in the ground forgotten again made me heartbroken. During the process of retrieving him I had conflicted feelings, but when I opened the bag, for some reason, I felt happy to see him again. This cat was a distant memory from my childhood and I suppose the great amount of time between knowing him as a cat and seeing him now as a skeleton helped my mind stay detached.
I have three dogs now and I always get asked if I’d want to keep their bones. The short answer is yes, I’d love to have a golden retriever skull and a pit bull skull and know their history and lives and how they were beloved pets. But right now they’re my beloved pets and the thought of them being gone forever is something I can’t begin to think about. We lost a dog two years ago that we had throughout my childhood. I went through my own grieving process and now, I think it’d be pretty cool to see what made up my favorite dog (she was, however, cremated at the request of my dad).
I’m still sad about losing her so suddenly, but personally, I’m always trying to view my passion in a scientific way to keep my mind sane (goes for everything related to this hobby; the smell of maceration, pulling off flesh, and eventually skinning fresher animals. For science!). Everyone’s going to be different so don’t feel you have to be okay with all of this to relate or fit in. The only advice I can offer on the subject is to give yourself time to grieve, whether that’s a year or twelve.
I’m actually very glad you asked because it’s a subject I enjoy talking about and discussing with others. It’s a topic that many people feel uncomfortable with, dealing with dead pets, but I find that just talking about it makes me feel more open and accepting. Nothing lives forever and it’s something you need to prepare for eventually (I, myself, have only started preparing for it after my last dog). I like to think that having my old pet’s skeleton is a way of immortalizing him, as well.
I may end up crying a little when I hold the bones of my dogs, but it’s my huge appreciation and fascination for osteology that allows me to be able to handle more emotional situations. I’m rambling now, so I thank you for the thought-provoking question C:
Causally putting my old pet’s skeleton together on my bed. I’ve been working on this project off and on; hoping to get the ribs attached tonight! His bones are like paper and crumble easily, and still I choose the lazy man’s way with wire-wrapping his skeleton. I’m really liking how it’s turning out though! He’ll only end up with 3 toes on each paw, and probably less claws to go with them, but I’m still super excited to have my pet kitty articulated c:
I checked up on my buck and kitten skeleton in the decomp pot today! I do believe I’m noticing less grave wax on the skeleton, though it could be my imagination. Still a bit gooey so she’ll be staying in there longer anyhow. My little buck doesn’t seem to want natural colored antlers however. He’s been in there for around 2 weeks and not much color has stuck. It’s dry here, so I think the secret to absorbing that color will be to constantly water and keep it muddy.
Now they’re freshly buried and much more comfortable; thus begins my new watering experiment!
Hey guys! Making a little update to keep myself sane with all the projects I’ve been working on.
I finally have everything out of maceration! The last things I had in there were the cow skull, fox skull and vertebrae, and some miscellaneous pieces. Now they’re all in a soapy bath and getting ready for peroxide c:
I put my kitten skeleton in my decomp pot some weeks ago to see what it’d do for the grave wax on it. I haven’t been able to check on it because, with some clever positioning, I stuck my buck’s antlers in there for round two of staining the antlers. If I have time this evening I’ll pull them out and check on their progress.
Finally, about a week ago a friend and I went exploring around my property and the property behind mine. We found lots of little things; broken squirrel and rabbit skulls, numerous rabbit legs, a couple cat legs and broken skulls, an old cow tooth, and half a clam shell! Sometimes I wonder what happens on that mysterious mountain. Anyways, I threw all of those in another soapy bath and they’ll get the royal peroxide treatment once I get enough stocked for all this stuff.
So, lots of little projects around here! When I acquire a decent camera again I’ll be taking lots of pictures. I’m super excited to get my kitten skeleton cleaned so I can piece her skull back together and have a little kitten in my collection c:
Hi, quick question from a newbie. I have a raccoon skull in cold water now to get all the fleshy bits off, what I'm wondering is how long should I soak it for? I don't want to ruin it, so I didn't know if there is a set period of time? Thanks!
Hey there! Let me begin by saying that in general, leaving bones and skulls sitting in water usually won’t do any damage. You’ll get algae growing if the water isn’t changed or bones will turn black from the bacteria sitting in the water, but you’ll still be able to pull it out and clean it up like new! Some bones and skulls that are old or belonging to young animals have a chance to fall apart but I’ve heard raccoons are very durable! At worst you’ll get some teeth falling out, which makes for a fun puzzle later c:
Cold water maceration is a slow process to begin with, so I always recommend sitting your container outside in the sun to warm it up as much as possible! The warmer the water, the faster the bacteria will breed and eat away the meaty bits. Maceration still works pretty slowly, though! I recently found a fox skull that’s been soaking for two weeks and after a few more days I believe the little bits of flesh that remained will be completely gone. It is a lot quicker, however, to pull your skull out every so often and scrape off as much of the meaty bits as you can. Leaves less work for the bacteria to do and let’s them focus more on the harder stuff.
So in short, I’d recommend checking on your skull every day, every other day, or whatever you feel like, and pulling off whatever you can. If you don’t feel like messing with it, leave your container in a sunny spot and change the water when it gets really cloudy. The rest is up to nature!
Thank you for the question; I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me or any other vultures over at the Vulture Culture!
(1/2) hi there! I messaged you about the decomping of fish a while back, and I just wanted to update you (forgot to take pictures, though :<)! On Monday morningI buried the fish (but it had been left out for about 24 hours) in the pot. I dug it up yesterday (Saturday) and it was writhing with maggots! But it was almost entirely scales and bones, with very little scent. I took some of the cooler bones out this morning and they're soaking now. Skull had fallen all apart though :( Love the tiny
teeth it had. I wonder how it would’ve been without the delay in the burial, and if it would’ve slowed things down. Anyways, I moved it from the pot into the garden (still wrapped) so the meatier bones (like the tail, that’s still actively decomposing) can finish off. So 6 days of being buried (7 days since death) is what it took to near complete skeletonization. Thanks for giving me the idea to decomp, I think I’ll use it on all my freshly dead things (maceration for the mummies tho :<)!
Hey! That’s great to hear! It’s amazing to see how fast those little bugs work c: Keeping it above ground for that day surely let the flies lay their eggs and gave you those lovely maggots, so that was a good thing! I’m very glad this method worked well for you. Good luck with your future dead things! C: