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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
Importing Pelts into the UK and EuropeDear All.Importing Pelts into the UK and Europe2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
For a long time now, I have been observing how difficult it can be to get hold of fur in the UK, and in Europe, that is from outside the EU and that is taxidermy quality. Animals such as foxes and coyotes, which are not restricted, are amazingly difficult to obtain complete and mountable from places such as America. Beautiful garment quality furs are available, but there is a lack of fur traders in the UK, and to a lesser extent Europe, who deal with taxidermy quality pelts.
Because of this, I have been thinking about setting up a fur trading business whose main aim is import taxidermy quality pelts from the US and outside the EU, and then sell them on in the UK and EU. This would all be done legally, so the cost may be slightly higher, but there would be no risk of losing pelts, as all of the paperwork would be in place.
If I am successful the following is a list of species that I would like to regularly import and sell:
Wolf Canis Lupus (
Ghirahim x Link - Pt 10 - With Open ArmsGhirahim's lips were moving, but Link couldn't hear the words that he was saying. His ears buzzed with a low humming noise that seemed to wipe out all other sounds that attempted to be made known. His head hurt with the sudden appearance of a headache that throbbed with the beat of his heart. The boy's deep cerulean eyes became blurred as he tried harder to focus on the demon lord's face, but only succeeded in further drowning out his enemy in a mixture of colors that blended haphazardly together. Link opened his mouth, but no sound came out; his mouth became as dry as sand, making his throat tighten uncomfortably.Ghirahim x Link - Pt 10 - With Open Arms3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The warrior shook his head and cleared his throat, trying to force his mind to think straight and rid himself of the droning buzz that filled his senses. He focused on the demon lord once more, relieved that his eyes seemed to quit watering and that he was able to see clearly. Ghirahim's face had the look of worry, his pale mouth set in a grimace and his fathomless black eye
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
CannibalHelp me please,Cannibal8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I am down on blood red knees,
I must claw,
I must bite,
I fell like I have to fight.
Spill their blood,
Drink it all,
Tear out their hearts and crush their skulls.
Crying red tinted tears,
Saying sorry all the way.
I have to devour them,
Bones, skin, flesh and all.
When stomachs near popping,
I puke them up and start again.
I have swords,
I have no guns,
Only my teeth and bloodied hands.
I keep killing them,
Cant stop murdering them,
Every woman, man, and child.
Tearing through her,
Ripping through him,
I have gone beyond wild.
I dont want this,
I cant stand this,
But still the massacre goes on.
I am crying,
They are sobbing,
But still this madness is not stopping.
Their blood sticking to me,
Drenching me in human life.
Must keep killing, slashing bashing,
Ripping tearing, goring, gouging,
Smashing hacking, clawing, biting .
I keep eating them,
Cant stop eating them.
Burning hunger deep inside me,
I just cannot satisfy it.
Collab: holding starsDid I tell you about that girl?Collab: holding stars2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I should have done, always talking of her
Always on my mind
Jumping on my mind
I have no ways to explain how she makes me feel...
What words in the world could we use to describe
What words could you use to describe how much
you really love somebody?
Maybe a thousand astral cords tied to the tip of
your tongue, and maybe just one spiral galaxy
wrapped around your ankles.
But what is as perfect as a hundred leagues
under the sea, that first gasp of ocean and rock
salt, with years of rainwater rushing through
the gaps between your ribs and the walls of your
Our love growing like the universe, by particle, by stars, by worlds, getting ever wider to line up our perfect future, our world together, her love is my star, the warmth of the sun by her touch, the smile as wonderful as the eclipse but never as rare but still as perfect.
The shooting I saw on its path,
WolfI saw my soul that dayWolf9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I saw it in a pair of amber eyes
Full of sorrow and understanding
I saw the true me that day
In the swiftness of running
On four feet instead of two
Claws and teeth ferocious
As well as kind
I found my true name
In the warm grey fur
Hard and stiff like rocks
Yet soft like velvet
I saw how wonderous the wild is
In song, and soft moss bedding
To work as a team, and to love
I found myself that day
I was lost and blind before
I found myself in the eyes
The eyes of a wolf
He showed me the path
That was hidden
The magic of living again
Not dying, if not for him
I would be dead
I shall never forget that wolf
Who saved my life
Who showed me my true self
My true name
And who to trust it with
WolvesThe Howl The NightWolves11 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Did Not Oppose
By Justin Borer
In the forest on this cold, misty, moonlit night.
Nature is calm and quiet with not a soul in sight.
The silence continues, nothing trying to fight.
Then moonlight shines through the trees.
The light continues to flow like a calm breeze.
Casting shadows upon the lonly leaves.
A branch snaps breaking the somber silence.
Something in the darkness moves showing its defiance.
The forest shifts reluctantly to this act of violence.
Through the shadow the moon helps soothe.
This figure has nothing to prove.
Steathy and strong it continued to move.
The figure emerged from the darkness to cast its own shadow.
Through its grey and black fur the wind does blow.
With its pointed ears every creature it does know.
The creature sat on the ground and looked at the starry sky.
He felt alone, that, no one could deny.
through its bluish-gray eyes it wondered why.
He looked up at the bright full moon.
He let out a howl and held its desperate tune.
My Thoughts on Kai and JrockMost fans, I think, would rather marry their bias and have their bias' baby. Me? I'd be pretty damn happy just to meet Kai, get a hug from him and have a picture taken with him. That'd be all I need to make my dreams come true. I know full well I can never have him. Meeting him is still my dream. I adore him so much. He is very under-appreciated imo but he deserves all the love he can get. I may call him mine or call him my husband/boyfriend but I know he's not. It's just for fun. That won't stop me from loving him and respecting him as much as I do. Kai will forever be, my ultimate, one true bias.My Thoughts on Kai and Jrock3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Anyone who doesn't know this, doesn't know me ;] Kai is my inspiration and he has helped me smile when I'd rather be crying my heart out. I'm very thankful to have someone like him to inspire me. He makes everything better when I look at his pictures, hear his voice, see & hear him laugh. Some people would call it an obsession and say it wasn't healthy to love someone so much when you can't
Dramione - Framed"If you don't back off right now I swear I'll hurt you!" Hermione yelled angrily. Draco stared at her, apparently considering whether or not it was worth it.Dramione - Framed6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
"I'm done listening all the time Malfoy! I'm going to count to three and if you're not gone by the time I finish you're going to wish you were." Hermione threatened. She reached into her pocket and pulled out her wand, pointing it at him.
Draco's eyebrows furrowed in thought as he wondered what he could possibly do to make her see sense. It seemed if he didn't leave he would be hexed, and if he did leave then their current problem would never be solved.
Draco took a deep breath, forcing himself to stay calm. Hermione's eyes narrowed slightly as she saw that he wasn't moving anywhere.
"It wasn't me! They set me up! I love you, Granger!" Draco burst out, interrupting her as she spoke the last number. Her eyes widened slightly and her arm fell a few inches, now unintentionally pointing h
Things I Can No Longer Do in Dungeons and Dragons1) No using the flaming battle axe as an emergency skilletThings I Can No Longer Do in Dungeons and Dragons3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
2) No dual-wielding two-handed weapons, even if I figure out how to within the rules.
3) Hengeyokai are not for making catgirls and bunny girls.
-a. And I am not allowed to fill a mansion with either or both.
4) Not allowed to use Warforged as cannon fodder with the justification "We can rebuild him!"
5) Just because I can, doesn't mean I should take Arcane Admixture so many times that Magic Missile deals nearly every damage type possible
6) My Warlock can have an Infernal Pact. He cannot be Legion and speak in the third person collective.
-a. Nor can the Warforged.
7) My Warlock will not describe his pact as having made a demon/devil/evil star/fairy/vestige his bitch.
8) If we encounter a female fox hengeyokai with a high charisma, I will refer to her by name and not constantly call her the foxy lady.
9) Zeppelins do not exist in Forgotten Realms. I am not allowed to build one from canvas and fire elementals.
-a. And if I did,
Reasons (George Weasley x OC)Reasons (George Weasley x OC)3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Review! Review! Review! Review! Review!
Frost blanketed a soft field of grass, where a simple stone stood vertically, an inscription craved into the face with information regarding the individual buried beneath. The man kneeling before the marker, with tears dampening his already rosy cheeks, wept for the loss of a beloved friend and brother.
A survivor who was daily reminded of his heart having been shredded by Bellatrix Lestrange, a woman who stole his prized companion by deathly force, with was later punished by his own mother. Though nothing, no amount of torment or punishments would ever reward him with his returned brother, for once death has taken a life, he never grants them back.
It took the brilliance of a Raven to guide a surrendering Lion of death to his future, a one graced by light and happiness.
"Nothing is truly dead unless we refuse to remember them," she had assured. "The Reaper may collect their bodies, but they
James... and LilyJames... and Lily7 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
James groaned, he knew what was coming next.
As yourself and Mr Black cannot be trusted not to blow the desk up
James stifled a laugh. In actual fact neither he nor Sirius had had anything to do with the blowing up of the said desk; it was those infernal girls, Sansa and Lily.
working with Miss Evens.
But Professor! Lily protested from the front. James glanced at Sirius; he was fighting to keep a straight face.
Im sorry Miss Evens, but I cannot trust those boys together. Mr Potter and Miss Stone, exchange places.
Siriuss eyes sparkled as Sansa Stone made her way over to the desk. James made as much noise as he could, as he prepared to make Lily Evens lesson hell.
Good Luck. Sirius mouthed at him as he left the table. Remus smiled at him as he passed the desk. Halfway down the row he met Sansa coming up.
Dont be too much of an eject. She muttered out of the corner of
Reader x Gamzee“HEY GAMZEE, I’M HERE!” You yelled as you threw open the door to your friend’s hive. You took note of the empty Faygo bottles and bits of sopor slime around the highblood’s hive.Reader x Gamzee2 years ago in Romance More Like This
“Gamzee?” You called out, confused at the lack of Gamzee. When you heard no reply, you shrugged. ‘Probably out dozing out on the beach again.’ You thought to yourself, plopping down on the couch, careful not to bump into the sopor pie on one of the cushions.
You glanced over at the pie, hesitating, but shrugged once more. ‘Fuck it.’ You thought to yourself, reaching out and scooping some up. ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ You hesitated for a second before shoving it into your mouth.
It was slimy—something that was to be expected—sweet, and hot. It slid down your throat easily and made a burning sensation in your stomach. You closed your eyes for a moment—the burning sensation was quite nice—b