I take back everything bad I said about opossum skulls. They’re a cake walk compared to putting a cat skull together.
Well, I royally fucked up that kitten skull. It’s because of the terrible super glue I’m using; it dries really fast which is nice but if I make a mistake it’s impossible to get off and the pieces won’t fit perfectly together anymore. Pro tip: make sure you know which pieces you need to glue together first. I started with the top and back, and when it came time to glue the bottom pieces to the brain case they didn’t sit right. Skulls are very intricate puzzles that have to be pieced together just right to work. I love them so much D:
Anyways, she’s soaking now to un-glue pieces and I’ll put her back together (hopefully) the right way tomorrow!
Putting this little girl together today! I’m debating on whether or not to give her a bit of color; she’s just a dingy yellow-white and powdery right now, but I can’t decide on what to do. I reasoned I’ll know better once she’s put together c:
Some other miscellaneous projects I’ve got going on right now as well:
Cat, rabbit, and some bird bones drying after their peroxide bath. I collected these guys a while back with my friend with the intention of making jewelry out of them, so I’m really glad they cleaned up so well! There’s my kitten skeleton soaking in another peroxide bath because she didn’t turn out as clean as I would have liked, and next to her the deer leg I got from my friend’s co-worker (my dog had found it so I stuck it out here and haven’t dealt with it yet). Then I have some little opossum feet drying in borax! He was unfortunately the victim of poisoned bait, and the rest of him is currently in my decomp pot. So excited to have another opossum join my death eaters c:
Finally remembered to get a picture before filling this thing up! My new jumbo orange bucket with most of the things I got from my friend’s co-worker (plus my dog skull). I’ll be keeping the gorgeous doe and possibly a few cow vertebrae and ribs, but most will be going to my friend because she has some plans for them.
I had to fill this bucket up to the brim when I first received these as the vertebrae and ribs were still all attached and couldn’t lie flat in there. Thankfully it didn’t take long in our ridiculous San Diego heat for them to separate. They’re super close to being done and if this heat wave continues, they should be done very soon C:
Unfortunately I don’t, as I didn’t know if it would even work, but there wasn’t much to it! I only had two small contact points to connect them together (where they cross in the front and in the back where the bases touch) and I didn’t want to permanently drill holes in my antlers in case I scrapped the idea. I got this super sticky spray adhesive which ended up working really well to keep them together, then I tightly wire wrapped the bases together for stronger support. I mod podged the bases of my dried flowers so petals wouldn’t come undone (pro-tip: mod podge the stems as well!), found some leather lacing lying around, and tied everyone up!
It could definitely do with some cushioning in the front, but as uneven as this crown was it never felt too unbalanced! It turned out to be a great first trial c:
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
Thanks in advance to all who participate and good luck! #contest #giveaway #forgottenboneyard #forgottenboneyardcontest
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Made an antler crown for ren faire this coming month c: Finally put my antlers and dried flowers to good use!
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:
I love the interior of this broken cow skull! This fella can make an awesome hat/mask with the back being completely open like so c:
My pretty fox skull all cleaned up! Lost two incisors but he had them all during maceration, so they’ll eventually show up again c: