3D puzzles are not my forte
Putting my red tail shark to sleep
Didn’t get the seasonal keeper positon
Chicken bones in (old) peroxide
Hello vultures! I’m somewhat new to this; any idea on what causes this chalky/powdery white stuff?
normally when i see “chalky/powdery” I assume the bones were bleached, but this doesnt quite look like that. was it bleached? was it degreased properly?
That is corpse/mortuary/grave wax or “adipocere”. I get that stuff on my bones all the time and I haven’t actually figured out how to get rid of it.
I’ve been able to get it off using a stiff bristled brush after the bones have been soaking for a while. I usually scrub them down right after maceration
Asked by Anonymous
I always highly recommend that anyone interested in skeletons and articulations pick up at least one of Lee Post’s Bone Building Manuals. I have the small mammals, canine, and moose books and they are really stellar reference guides. I’m hoping to get some of the others soon!
As far as skull IDing goes, Animal Skulls by Mark Elbroch is the skull reference Bible as far as I’m concerned. For North American species at least. It’s an excellent book that’s full of hundreds of photos and illustrations.
And personally, I’ve adored Cyclopedia Anatomicae by Gyorgy Fehér and András Szunyoghy for years, so much so that I have two copies! It’s an artist’s reference book and covers human anatomy as well but it also has scads of illustrations of dog, cat, lion, horse, deer, pig, cow, and other animal bones and skeletons. Good way to learn what a lot of different bones look like.
There are some others out there (and hopefully one of these days I’ll get my own little mini guide finished!) but as far as learning what bones are what just familiarize yourself with basic anatomy (skull, mandible, scapula, cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, humerus, femur and so on) and then start to learn what animals are native to your area. Then do a lot of internet research! Search for photos of your native animals and what their bones look like and start studying!
So when you find a medium-sized jawbone with twelve sharp little teeth in it and you know that you have opossums in your area then you can bet that you’ve just found an opossum jawbone. Or if you find a large, triangular-shaped scapula and you know deer are native to your region then you have likely just found a deer scapula!
Hope that helps, Anon!
(Ginger tom) cat bones
The large chelonian shell looks to be finally clean enough to return to it’s owner!
Bone bones bones
- Top row: macerating / soaking still
- Bottom row: drying in the sun
It’s a day for finishing up bone projects :)
Asked by closedmouthbutopenmind
Aw thank you so much! It’s not weird at all, it’s pretty difficult to weird me out to be quite honest. It brightens my day to get messages like this. I always try to encourage people to do what interests them and not just what sells. I used to be one of those artists that just would create whatever paid the bills (which is why I used to be an anthro artist - even though I didn’t much enjoy drawing anthros except for costume concept art) but once I started stemming from my own interests, I was honestly pretty astounded how much my audience changed and grew. I try to put my view of the world into my art and I think that’s why so many people find my new work to be so original.
So there’s my two cents on where my inspirations come from and my advice to other artists/creators out there. Most of my work comes from combining my interests together - anatomy, alchemy, nature, the way I see things in general. Think of yourself as a God and your creations as how you would create your own world. Because I promise you no one will ever see and process things the way your mind does, so share that with the world, because no one else will in the exact same way.
Compilation of photos taken whilst skinning Bubba.
Skinning her head was the most interesting and easiest part - skinning all along her body was a nightmare! I found that my usual technique of skinning from head to tail resulted in nearly poking holes in her skin so worked round in segments.
I went through 5 scalpel blades whilst skinning her…