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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Ib's Lullaby [Draft]Ib's Lullaby [Draft]2 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
PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 2PipitxLink --Unconditional--PipitxLink --Unconditional-- part 21 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Chapter 2: Embarrassing Truth
I had just barely fallen asleep, curled up on a bed of rags and anything else soft that I could get my hands on, when my ears perked up to the sound of footsteps resounding within the cave. Biting back the groan that wished to come out, I hurriedly picked up my belongings and snuck away to a small crevice in the wall, not far from where I usually set up my home. The footsteps began to grow louder, and moments later, I could see the light of a lantern creep along the rock walls of the cave. I held my breath, waiting to see who was invading my secret home this time, especially so late in the day.
I nearly choked on the breath I was holding when I saw Pipit turn a corner and come into view. Placing a hand to my mouth, I forced myself to stay silent, though I thought my thundering heart would surely give me away.
I was never lucky, and yet I had the privilege of seeing this odd boy twice in one day. The feelings that were bubbling
Ghirahim x Link - Part 1 - The First Meeting**Depending on how far you are in the game, this fan-fiction will most likely present spoilers!! You've been warned!**Ghirahim x Link - Part 1 - The First Meeting3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
This was it. Everything that Link had worked so hard for, had bled for, nearly died for, was about to be paid off. Finally, after many excruciating hours of wandering aroundat times becoming hopelessly lost, only to find out that he went in circles, encountering many large monsters that he had never seen before, and barely scraping by with what little red potion he had left, Link stood within only several paces from the large door that separated him from the entranceway to the Skyview Spring. It was this very doorway that would bring him to the dear person that was stolen from him. Though the journey was perilous, Link did managed to benefit here and there, such as finding a flying contraption that retrieved out of reach items for him, meeting the strange but very friendly forest folk called the Kikwi, and even having the privilege of meeting a traveling Go
From The Soul Of A DogFrom The Soul Of A Dog9 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
~A drink from a water fountain tastes better when you allow the water to trickle down your chin.
~Familiarize your nose with important things, whether it be a comfortable blanket, good food, or a favorite person.
~Revel in the thrill of protecting those you love.
~Eagerly anticipate meal times and when they happen, be sure to take joy in every mouthful.
~Take time to run barefoot on occasion and experience the sting of feet meeting earth with each stride.
~Look forward to car rides and when occasion allows, stick your head out the window to feel the wind on your face. Who cares if your hair gets messed up, that's what combs are for.
~When uncertain about eating something, smell it first. You'll be surprised just how much the nose really knows.
~In most situations, an open show of hostility only makes things worse.
~Barking relieves stress. Whether it be at cars, other dogs, or even birds flying overhead, it all works.
~Don't consider yourself too high a
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
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
WolvesThe Howl The NightWolves10 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.
MosquitoesForgive me for the cheesy opening TT_TT This was written between the hours of midnight and 6 AMMosquitoes4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
MosquitoesA Shadow x Blue one-shot
It was the end of a long, hot and tiring day, and the five Links were just settling down to make camp. They'd walked farther than usual, hoping to make it to the next town before nightfall, but when the sun dipped behind the treeline Green had sighed and called for a halt. "We don't want to have to make camp and find firewood in the dark, do we?" He'd reminded Blue when the latter looked as if he was about to complain. "Besides, I'm beat, Vio's beat, and Red looks like he wants to curl up and sleep for years. You and Shadow are the only ones with energy "
"Fine!" Blue growled, throwing his hands in the air. "Shadow, you're sparring with me after we set up camp."
"Oh, really?" The pale boy in the black tunic drawled, already beginning to scrape out a circle for a firepit.
"Yes!" Blue was adamant.
" Eh. I guess I had nothing
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
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
swimming cosplay : [LoZ Chatroom]ShAdOwStAlKeR-04 – Dark Linkswimming cosplay : [LoZ Chatroom]9 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
TheWindWakersDream – Link
SorcererApprentice – Vaati
WindsEternalLullaby – Gufuu
L0STW00DSch1ld – Skully
bluesharkofdespair – Blue
RubyAngelsBlush – Red
VelvetBooks – Vio
Note: You may have to be a Free! fan to fully enjoy reading this
ShAdOwStAlKeR-04: wow everyone's online
i am honestly happy about this
i miss everyone
TheWindWakersDream: hey dark what's up? been a while!
ShAdOwStAlKeR-04: here wasting my time away with anime and games as usual. you?
TheWindWakersDream: i'm cool
RubyAngelsBlush: EEK DARK HELLOOOOO~~~~~~
ShAdOwStAlKeR-04: who invited mr squiggly lines here
dear stop spamming tildes it's not cute it's just annoying
bluesharkofdespair: u use tildes 2
ShAdOwStAlKeR-04: yes but i do not spam them
oh hey blue changed your username i see
i was almost going to call out on you as a stranger w
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
In a Little Girl's MindThere sits the girl with the things in her eyesIn a Little Girl's Mind2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Monsters, destruction, and sweet butterflies
Hopscotch and daisies, surrounded by screams
Beautiful dresses now torn at the seams
Crayons and paintbrushes, villains and grins
Young, gladsome innocence, hatred and sins
Little red houses on roads left to fade
Gorgeous moonlight shining off of the blade
Blood pouring out as she cries her own name
Knowing she's forced to take each bit of blame
She could have stopped it and left it behind
All of these things in her troubled young mind
She could have saved them if she dared to try
Rather, though, she left herself there to die.
Now, others watch as she sits on the ground
Keeping their distance and letting her drown
In her own worries and things she won't tell
Waiting for her mind to kill her as well…
How to Own Your WolfabooThere is nothing wrong with wanting to protect an animal, namely one that you love, but please do not spread lies about it.How to Own Your Wolfaboo4 years ago in Drama More Like This
Statement #1: Wolves have never attacked people before.
Truth: Has teeth, will bite! You cannot exclude captive wolves from this sort of statement. Any predatory animal can and will bite under the circumstances. There is plenty of documentation that shows wolves have indeed been known to attack humans, including the natives. This is, of course, taking into account rabid, healthy, provoked and unprovoked wolves. But the main focal point being that wolves HAVE attacked people before. One of the most famous pieces of literature documenting wolf attacks is Wolves in Russia by Will N. Graves and Valerius Geist.
Statement #2: Ok, but there has never been a documented case of a healthy wolf killing a human in North America.
Truth: There are in fact two that recently happened over the past 6 years, Candice Berner and Kenton Carn