Skull Preservation TutorialSkull Preservation Tutorial5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I've been asked multiple times how I go about cleaning and preserving the skulls that I find so I've decided to put together a sort of FAQ/how-to regarding this subject. Please keep in mind that there is more than one "right" way to achieve things in the realm of taxidermy. This is just the way I do my skulls/bones.
You will need:
Plastic bag for picking up your treasure
A good sized flower pot
An ant hill (if possible)
Disposable plastic gloves
Nice sized metal pot kept solely for boiling skulls/bones
Plastic container for soaking the skull/bones in
Hydrogen peroxide 3%-7%
Small pokey thing for helping remove brain bits and other yuck
Super glue, tacky glue, or Elmer's glue for putting the teeth back in
Hokay. While out hiking, I've come across many different skulls/bones of animals in various stages of decomposition. The best ones are when nature has already done most of the work for you and it's already pretty clean. One of the drawbacks of finding them like this tho
The Eevee Cometh - EpilogueValerie looked out over the Blackthorn mountains and contemplated what exactly she was doing. Sure, she was living in the mountains; duh, that was kind of obvious. But, she was also training. Why she was training she wasn't sure. Certainly that creature, the one who had called itself an Eevee, was still out there, but Valerie still wasn't sure if it had truly escaped.The Eevee Cometh - Epilogue4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Then again, there was also the possibility of other of these creatures emerging, but Valerie was likewise not sure how likely it was that they would emerge. They hadn't exactly been prolific thus far, and though dangerous, they didn't seem capable of doing too awful much by themselves if Valerie alone could take down two of them. Although, they had both escaped
Valerie sighed and turned back to her pokémon. Matthias had grown spectacularly over the past two months, both in terms of general personality and fighting capability. He already was able to take on Electabuzz fairly evenly, though Graveler and Fearow we
The Eevee Cometh - Part 3The door to Mr. Den's house flew open as Valerie dashed in. Her eyes darted about with abandon, searching for anything out of place. Seeing nothing immediately wrong, she ran upstairs, again looking for anything out of the ordinary. She went through every room, quickly, but couldn't seem to find anything wrong. Finally beginning to calm down, she returned to the living room, wondering if she was simply going crazy.The Eevee Cometh - Part 34 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"You look upset." Came Mr. Den's voice from the kitchen. Valerie turned to him immediately, wondering how she had missed him. The group of bags on the counter let her calm down again. "What is the matter?"
"Den." Valerie sighed. She slumped into the kitchen chair, exhausted from her effort.
"Did something happen?" Den asked, sitting down besides her. Valerie took a deep breath, wondering how much to tell her friend and mentor.
"I was very worried. It was just a feeling." Valerie said after a moment's pause. Mr. Den smiled and patted her hand.
"No need to worry. I am fi
Havin' a Good Ol' TimeHavin' a Good Ol' Time5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"But I had called dibs before hand .neh, Yakushi-san I insist to stop twisting it "
"It's so entertaining after a twist or two I can't help i---YIPE! yes Undertaker that IS an armpit ."
"Just checking gufufufu"
The psychotic, silver-haired trio "ooh'd" and "awed" over one another from all the little oddities each had: from transplanted, parasitic, snake flesh to the fashionable scar on one's pinky. They all exchanged stories of success, mishap, and twisted situations. All had become fast friends with each exchange of mouth.
"OH! This calls for tea and treats!" interrupted Undertaker for a moment to head off into the back.
He managed to find his little jar of bone treats and three beakers. He set them on a table, after shoving a corpse he was preparing out of the way, and began to grab little tea leaves from a shelf at his right. Mixing the contents into an odd looking teapot, chuckles and a few "O RLYS YA RLYS" we
Why I Like Taxidermy-Pelts-FurIt's Spring time...when everything starts coming to life, having babies, and bloom. It looks absolutely beautiful out, and I'm seeing the world a bit through rose-colored lenses. As I looked in awe at the simplest things today, I was thinking why I like fur so much.Why I Like Taxidermy-Pelts-Fur5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
I was watching a dog walking with its owner...I'm a total dog lover, so I shamelessly stared. I watched its muscles work to propel its body forward, its tail swinging in tune with its legs, its tongue out in a happy pant as it walked with its beloved owner. When I got home, I looked at my wolf pelt, Kalik. His eyes weren't his own and they certainly didn't look at me with love and loyalty, his tongue didn't loll out happily dripping with saliva, his tail didn't sway and his legs didn't bring him to me. But I still saw the same beauty as I did the dog. The life may have been lost to this wonderful creature, but its beauty still shows. Looking at Kalik, I can still imagine him laying there not as a pelt, but as a wolf. He was
Carving Skulls and StuffCarving Skulls and Stuff7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
CARVING SKULLS & STUFF (11-FEB-08)
This is intended as a continuing project. I'll be adding to it, and editing it for greater clarity, in response to your comments and questions. So if something is left out, or not clear, please let me know. Eventually, this may turn into a proper tutorial, but I'm starting out small, so that people who are asking questions don't have to wait until that possibly distant time. And so people can tell me what they actually need to know.
Goggles -- I don't carve unless I'm wearing some sort of eye protection, usually magnifying goggles (because I'm getting old and can't focus up close anymore), but sometimes non-magnifying ones. Chunks of stuff can fly about, and you don't want them in your eyes.
Respirator or dust mask -- Dust is not good for your lungs, and power carving can produce lots of dust. The dust of bone, antler, and shell is very bad; it can _permanently_ clog parts of your lungs. Many stone and
Date Me July: Malady: MadaHinaTitle: MaladyDate Me July: Malady: MadaHina5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Theme: Blockbuster- Elizabeth (play)
Impatient feet paced circles around the room. Dark eyes narrowed into mere slits of their former selves as the Dowager Empress, her long black hair highlighted with streaks of gray; read a letter from her son. Each line was dripping with praise for her daughter-in-law. Oh how that girl set Mikoto's teeth on edge. She was so unlike Sasuke in that the girl could not be pinned down with a glare. Mikoto could not utter stern enough words to make the younger woman cower and be willing to be lead around by the ear.
No, quite the opposite in fact. One cross word and the girl rebelled, doing completely the opposite of what she was told. It wasn't direct opposition though, oh no. The girl was all smiles and sweetness in front of the Emperor, her husband and Mikoto's darling son. What a charmer. What a deceiver. What a detestable little viper.
With so much poison towards the young woman pumping insid
Ib's Lullaby [Draft]Ib's Lullaby [Draft]3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
[In the early afternoon, under a gray sky, Ib and her parents were on their way to an art gallery.
"Did you remember everything, Ib?
Oh! Do you have your handkerchief? You know, the one you got for your birthday?
Keep it safe in your pocket, okay? Don't lose it!]
Come, let us play a game
No adults will ever know
That you disappeared
To our little show
Come into the portal
Many friends are waiting
For you to arrive
To a world of paintings
Just take a step
Into the deep Abyss
You'll be fine, just trust me
We promise that you won't be missed
Keep your rose close to you
5 petals, see?
Each one that's pulled off
Represents an injury
Don't get too close to the walls
Don't break the mannequins
Each holds many consequences
Make sure you don't lose your senses
Come, let us play a game
A game which will risk your life
Three you will hold
Don't fill them with strife
Such a colorful world
For you all to explore
Don't get lost in it
Just keep walking forward
Find the key and
Quickly head for home
The Scout and the Crab chp.7Chapter 7 - Broken Spirits.The Scout and the Crab chp.74 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was very early in the morning when the Spy awoke to a sudden jerk from the aquarium. He woke to find he was being moved out of the medical bay, he looked at the person doing it, it was the Scout.
"Where are you taking me?" He demanded.
"Outside," Scout answered. " You can be someone else's headache. Maybe to yer BLU buddies."
"Again?!" The Spycrab groaned. "You would leave me out there to fend for myself when I can't even walk straight?"
" You walked from 'da BLU base to RED pretty easily." point out Scout.
" It took me three days!"
" 'least you got yer exercise, you look like you could loose some weight."
"You broke my heart, Scout, you honestly have."
Nothing else was said till Scout reached the 2Fort battle field. Scout looked around enviously at the empty field, knowing he was still on suspension for attacking Sniper and making those around him believe he was crazy. The sky was a very pale blue and the sun was just past the horizo
Ghirahim x Link - Pt 13- Not The Same**Depending on how far you are in the game, this story may present itself with spoilers that will ultimately ruin the game for you...you've been warned my friends!!**Ghirahim x Link - Pt 13- Not The Same3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The warrior rubbed his palms against his worn out tunic, trying to rid himself of the sweat that stuck to his skin. His body shook with nerves wound up too tight, ready to spring at the faintest sign of trouble, the smallest ounce of a threat. The boy let out a shaky sigh and pressed one heated palm to the large iron-wrought door. All he needed to do was push it open, move it just a crack, and then he could free her....
He had finally done it, his journey was complete. Having gone to the far corners of the surface, Link had done all that was asked of him; he had tempered his sword until it was deadly perfection, unearthed the long forgotten "Song of the Hero" (it took him months of hard work, re-tracing his footsteps, and dedication to finally realize the incredible power of the lyre that Zelda had given him so lon
Sorry I was born a PitbullDear owner please don't hurt meSorry I was born a Pitbull9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I truly didnt know
that chewing shoes and licking your face made me dangerous
I'm sorry I was born with a jaw that is so fierce
and then the BSL came and said that we are all
doomed, for something SOME pitbulls might do.
And some things I NEVER did.
I'm sorry my mom was a pitbull, and I'm sorry dad was too.
but if you ban my breed now, who will be there to protect you?
There won't be any rotties, or bulls of any kind
regular dogs not brave the dogs who cry and whine
Please help fight the BSL for they're blaming my whole breed
as well as other bulls and rotties who have even helped people.
animals that were strong and were bred for loyalty
now at the vet in the euthanasia line.
Its not fair that they condemn me for things I never did
but we're capable of doing such things, is what the government says
they don't care if we're loved
they rip us away from our last hugs.
With the owners that loved us dearly
It's not right that they have to suff
PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 1PipitxLink --Unconditional--PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 11 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Chapter 1: Beautiful Luck
The first time I fell off of Skyloft, I was fourteen...a mere boy. I hadn't found my Loftwing yet...no Loftwing wanted me. I was doomed to experience death's grasp, whether it was from the "endless plunge" that we had all been taught to fear at the Knighthood Academy, or from whatever awaited me underneath the floor of clouds that shielded the unknown. Personally, I think our instructors are poorly misguided...how would they know if the "endless plunge" is real if no one came back alive to teach us about it?
And me tripping over the ledge...it wasn’t even my fault; Groose and his fiendish gang had cornered me by the waterfall, poking fun at how I was nothing but a loner, that I was so strange that not even a Loftwing would take me under its feathers. This was a daily ritual for them...it’s like they couldn’t get a restful sleep during the night if they didn’t try to bully me, emotionally or physically, durin
Pipit x Link, Just One Night, Part 4Sunlight poured through Link's tiny window and splashed onto Pipit's sleeping face. As he roused slowly from his slumber, he could feel the tiny splash of heat the sun rays presented as they welcomed him to a new morning. Pipit lay there for a moment longer, enjoying the quiet of the morning, silently remarking on the amazing sleep he just encountered. It seemed that all of the past nights that stole sleep from him decided to return every lost hour and pack them into a single night. Pipit chuckled lightly to himself. It was wondrous what a single night with his dear friend could do! He felt rejuvenated, full of energy and, for the first time in a long time, happy. Yes, that remarkable sensation that he was feeling in his heart, the feeling that it was once again whole, that was happiness.Pipit x Link, Just One Night, Part 43 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It was undeniable that he was currently sleeping through his morning class, but for once that didn't bother Pipit in the slightest. Keeping his eyes closed, a small smile crossed Pipit's lips as he al
Pipit x Link, Just One Night, Part 1The moon was well into the sky when Pipit began to make his nightly rounds. He had overslept, again. The endless night watches were beginning to get to him, making him so tired that he had to fight to keep his eyes open as he hurriedly stumbled out of his home and made his way towards the Knight Academy.Pipit x Link, Just One Night, Part 13 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
It was cold out tonight; the air nipped at his skin, causing the hair on his arms and neck to rise. Pipit quickened his pace in hopes of getting his blood flowing. As he walked towards the wooden stairs that led to the Academy, Pipit couldn't help but form a frustrated scowl on his face. If his mother hadn't lost her job as the item check clerk at the local bazaar Pipit wouldn't have had to take up so many extra night shifts to keep both him and his mother barely above being broke. 'She can't help being such a messy person! She didn't mean to misplace all of her client's things!' a tiny voice whispered in Pipit's head as he reached into his pocket to grasp a tiny metal key. With numb f
PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 3PipitxLink --Unconditional--PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 31 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Chapter 3: Conflicted
Pipit’s mother had already run off to work at the village, so the house was dark and quiet when we arrived that evening. It was like any typical house on Skyloft: a large, single room that managed to fit in the kitchen, living room, study/office, and two beds, and then an incredibly tiny room attached to the side that was big enough to squeeze in a small tub and toilet. Several windows dotted the walls, but with the sun setting into the clouds, there wasn’t much light that the outside world had to offer. The fact that it was HIS house made it impossible for me to walk away from the front door. I bit the insides of my cheeks to keep the giddy smile off my face as I studied the home. I didn't want to get my hopes up about staying there—obviously an excuse would arise, ensuring the abandonment of our newly devised plan—but to be completely honest, I couldn't recall the last time I was in a warm, well lit buil
PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 7PipitxLink --Unconditional--PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 71 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Chapter 7: Beautiful, Chaotic Mess
To say that I was living before Pipit found me would be the largest lie I could ever tell myself. Life is a beautiful, mysterious thing, and depending on how you handle her, she can present you with gifts, or misery. I don’t know what I did in my lifetime to deserve her gift of grace, but the moment Pipit came into my life, I’ve never thought to look back and question it all. With the presence of Pipit came a life worth living, especially if it meant living with him. No, I’ve never thought once about looking back, not when the future looked so amazing. Anything with Pipit is amazing, though, I suppose.
I would like to say that my life with Pipit changed drastically after that pivotal moment when we committed fully to each other under the sight of the moon and stars. And in several ways, I guess it did. The following week, Pipit was entered into the Wing Ceremony with his gorgeous golden bird, and he won t
Sometimes, it's the little things.He always told me I was deep.Sometimes, it's the little things.2 years ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
An unfiltered distillation of a humanitarian ocean.
He accepted me, gills and all -
He knew that I needed my eccentricities to breathe
under the seascrapers of pollution
that hung over my head.
Or he said he did.
At the end of it all,
he tugged the gills open to expose me;
my innards trailed across the coral reef
as I swam trustingly forward, hoping for the best.
I tried to believe.
I believed him, gills and all -
But eventually, he left me, with holes in my sides
Where he had spooned out my intestines
To tether them to a boulder.
I tried to breathe.
He always told me I was deep.
It must have been a surprise to read:
Death by puddle.
Pipit x Link, Just One Night, Part 2Pipit's eyes shot open, realizing the predicament he subconsciously placed himself in. 'Talk about a light sleeper', Pipit thought ruefully to himself as he straightened himself quickly from Link's door and tried to rub out the tears that seemed to persistently make their way down his face.Pipit x Link, Just One Night, Part 23 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hello? Is someone there?" Link's voice was more alert now, and before Pipit could react, Link's door swung open to reveal a tired but a very on guard Link. His hair was a blonde disheveled mess on his head, and without his shirt on, Pipit could see Link's defined muscles taut and ready to fight. But as soon as Link's sea blue eyes landed on Pipit's motionless form, he instantly relaxed and allowed a lopsided smile to replace the frown that originally adorned his face.
"Pipit, it's so good to see you, my friend!" Link said joyfully, yet quietly, as he took a large step forward and embraced Pipit in a tight hug.
Pipit stood stationary for a moment longer, all
Ghirahim x Link - Pt 2 - You taste good....**Depending on how far you are in the game, this fan-fiction will most likely present spoilers!! You've been warned!**Ghirahim x Link - Pt 2 - You taste good....3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Link's eyes widened at the feel of Ghirahim's body on his, and his breath hitched in his throat, making him cough. Instinctively he made a move to turn around, face his opponent, and maybe even get a good slash in with his sword. But, as though he was reading Link's mind, Ghirahim's arms lashed out, binding Link's wrists effectively. The demon lord's touch on Link's wrists was like ice, sending his arms into spasms of pain. For a moment Link was convinced that his skin was freezing, and after glancing down to confirm that no, his wrists were not being disfigured in any way, he fought against the hands that held him back; he squirmed and struggled until his body became hot with exertion and sweat. The demon lord laughed softly from behind him, and Link could feel Ghirahim lightly nuzzle the back of his neck with his cold nose. Link couldn't help but shudder at the intim
Children"Master?"Children2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Where do baby demons come from?"
Ghirahim stared at the boy, shocked. "Where did that question come from?"
"Well, I saw some really young demons in the castle today and I guess I just got curious since I've never seen any female demons here."
"Well you see, Link, demons are created by magical means."
Link glared. "Really? You're going to try to use the magic excuse on me?"
"Well it's the truth! When two demons want to create a child for themselves they both drink a special potion before, y'know…"
"Yeah I think I know what you mean. What then?"
"Then a few days later, if Master approves, a child created from their essence will appear in their home…or room if they live in the castle."
"Oh. That's…really different than how humans do it."
Ghirahim's eyebrow raised as Link's face furrowed in disappointment. "All right, I think I've played along long enough. What's the real reason you asked me this, Link?"
"I just…I've always wanted a child of my own."
"And you wa
DEATH NOTE GUINESS RECORDSGUINESS WORLD RECORDS PROUDLY PRESENTS:DEATH NOTE GUINESS RECORDS4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
DEATH NOTE AWARDS !!!!!
People from Death Note are very special and they all have great talents, so we decided to gave them deserved awards!
The performance starts now:
1. For LIGHT YAGAMI For world's stupidest evil laugh ever seen.
Public: *fangirlish shouting*
Light: -.- For what?! My evil laugh is perfect and EVIL. You damn award givers don't know how good is it! I'm a God? Hello?
Award giver: No. You're just gay. Now shut up and take the award. We don't have much time left.
2. For MISA AMANE For wearing world's shortest gothic skirt AND for being the stupidest person, like, ever.
Misa: 8D Yeeey! Misa Misa won an award! Misa Misa is awesome AND pretty! Wow!
Award giver: *silence* Oh my God .
Misa Misa: MY god!!!!!!!!
Award giver: What ever. Could we just go on?
3. For L For eating just sugar and sleeping absolutely never. The wonder is- he's still alive.
Public: Yaaay! *-, *
L: Aww, thank
Happy HalloweenHappy Halloween3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"What are you doing?" Those four words made him freeze, the sudden feeling of regret and fear shot through his system. Of course Halloween was coming and the child was homesick, he wanted to keep some of the usual traditions around, even if it was only the small things.
His room was decorated with pumpkins, his darker half truly shocked with the new ideas. Pumpkins were carved out with spiked teeth and vicious grins. On a chair was a very startled Link. He hadn't expected Dark to come in, not just yet. But they did share a room, so why was he so frightened?
"Decorating..." The blonde replied quietly. He had black pieces of paper cut out like Keese, and he was hanging them around the windows.
"Do you plan to do this for every room in the castle?" Dark tried to hide his amusement.
"Eventually. Will you help me?" Link bit his lip as a sign he was a little frightened.
"Oh I see, it's not enough for just you to get in trouble, but I have to go as well? Fine, but you owe me if we get caught.
PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 4PipitxLink --Unconditional--PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 41 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Chapter 4: Scared
“Link, what’s wrong? Why are you walking so slow?”
“...Everyone is staring at us.”
“So? That doesn’t mean you have to walk behind me. Hurry up!”
I let out a whisper of a groan and picked up my pace till I was walking next to Pipit once more. He didn’t seem to take any notice in the fact that as we made our way to school, nearly everyone in the village had stopped whatever they were doing and were gawking at us with eyes so wide I was scared they’d all pop out. Their mouths all hung open with shock, and if I wasn’t feeling so nervous to the point of throwing up, I would have probably laughed. Or cracked a smile. Something. I threw a glance up at the boy walking beside me. He walked so tall, as if pride was infused into his spine. A smile was always on his lips, like he was always thinking of something funny. I could feel blush heat my cheeks up, and I quickly looked down at t
LOS prologue - revisedLOS prologue - revised3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The young brunette lay quietly on the bed, her eyes closed, her breaths short and shallow. Holding her hand gently, the Demon next to her watched as her chest rose and fell, stroking her hair as she slept quietly in the failing evening light.
It had been only 14 short years since this small human girl found her way into his life, and even shorter still since she had found her way into his heart. She looked nearly the same as she did when he first found her crouched inside a partially burnt cupboard, sobbing quietly. She had the same long, wavy, walnut colored hair, the same green eyes, and the same fair skin. Only her skin was quite a bit paler now, as she clung to her last moments.
He pondered for a moment the briefness of mortal life, and how in an instant it could be cut even shorter than it already was. Even though he'd grown closer