Took him out of the tea to test his progress. I wasn’t making this stuff up; his color is so lovely in a bath. Hoping he’ll dry a little less splotchy!
And in other news, I swear I’m going to do my VC questions! I’m trying to get a picture of my cabinet but my brother’s set up in front of it on his computer so it’s hard to get a full shot with him sitting there. It’ll happen tonight though whether or not I can get a nice picture of it.
Starting to organize Treasure’s skeleton. I’ve got his vertebrae strung up as well (makes a neato necklace). Feeling very disheartened because I’m missing so much of his paws and I don’t know if it’s worth it to put him together with 2-3 toes on each paw and only 2 claws for each foot (if I break the rules and don’t match them up with their proper toes). I have some cat paw bones lying around but who knows if I have extras of ones I need. My kitty :c
Well, I’ve got his skull soaking in a bowl of strong tea to hopefully take away some of the splotchy-ness. If he turns out well I might give all his bones a little fresh color. His color is so gorgeous when he’s wet.
Checked on my buck and found he has some super greasy antlers! Sad panda :c Looks like he won’t be ready for display for a while again. Now to find something big enough to fit those antlers in for a degreasing session.
31 Days of VC - Day 7
What is your favorite skull in your collection?
One?! Well right now I’m gonna have to say my childhood cat’s skull, Treasure. Because cat skulls are adorable and his has such personal meaning to it. Close favorite would be Mama cause she’s huge and cuddly.
31 Days of VC - Day 6
Unrealistically? Cave bear skull. Echoing Emily a bit; any skull from the Pleistocene period is to die for because that’s my favorite time in history <3
Realistically, I’d make do with a bear skull c: A horse skull is a close second and I love anything with antlers!
31 Days of VC - 4 & 5
What sort of collection do you have? is it mostly skulls? or do you have pelts, wet specimen, or taxidermy pieces? Favorite object in your collection?
Firstly, I sincerely apologize for the horrible pictures. It’s late and believe it or not this cabinet looks better with darkness + flash. My collection consists of mainly skulls and bones with quite a few feathers thrown in the mix, a couple wet specimens and now one piece of taxidermy! I’ve always wanted a pelt or two but I hardly ever find fresh dead things (I’m still squeamish with cutting into fresh things anyway) and I’m lazy about buying things. I should really try it the next time my dog kills a gopher or something, start small and all that.
But anyways! It’s so hard to narrow down my favorite object. I’m going to have to lean towards my antlers or feathers for this one! Especially that big shed beauty with my skulls c:
I was going to take a picture of the whole cabinet but that’s for another day! These pictures are set up pretty much how it is irl c: All my feathers have been legally and ethically obtained (as well as all my bones and other things ofc).
Because we all need that cool on-the-same-level picture!
So I just spent the last few hours taking everything out of my cabinet and reorganizing everything because I felt so inspired (and jealous) seeing everyone else’s collections! Got out all my skulls for a group shot and I’ve got 2 deer macerating, a couple rodents that are buried and two more cat skulls waiting for their special treatments c: All found (save for the left-most cat skull), cleaned, and loved by yours truly!
I suck. Didn’t get to today’s VC question so I’ll be doing two tomorrow! Went on a spontaneous hike today but our usual place was closed because of the rains, so we opted for another. Lots of great exercise but no bones, which is all well since I have a bunch I still need to clean plus my new kitty to work on c: But I’m glad to have projects to keep me busy for now!
I’m very interested in articulating my kitty’s skeleton and was wondering about the different methods used for this. I know of drilling holes and threading wire through bones is one way to go about it. Is there any way I can do this without drilling/damaging the bones? Not all the joints are connected well enough to just use glue. Maybe a putty of some sort? Give me all your ideas!
31 Days of VC - Day 3
It doesn’t look like a lot of work but I’m just exhausted after cleaning up my kitty. So super late selfie which required an extremely complicated set up including a self timer and unwanted flash. Fun times, you bet!
Also LOOK AT WHAT MY SISTER’S BFF JUST GAVE ME. Cutie taxidermy’d piranha!
Cleaned up everything I found today! Either he’s missing a lot of toe bones or he was one of those cartoon cats with only three toes on each paw. This layout is incredibly inaccurate. Tomorrow I’m gonna sift through the rest again and hope I find more bits! Either way I totally want to articulate him c:
He smells like earth and happiness <3
Look how gorgeous my baby is D: His bones are far from being in order, I’m just hoping I’ll have most of his skeleton. Already missing his atlas and some more vertebrae probably. Probably don’t have nearly enough of his foot bones either. But I saved the bag + all the mud I pulled up with it so tomorrow when it’s all dried I can sift through it some more. Praying I didn’t miss any in the hole since that’s filled in.
Off to clean up the rest of him <3