I’m gonna post a little holiday giveaway tomorrow. :)
I’ve had a few folks ask so I just thought I’d make a quick post to say that I’ll definitely be getting more megalodon teeth as soon as I can! I’ll post here (and in my Etsy shop of course!) when I do. :)
Also: the power’s been out here for like nine hours and I pretty much slept that whole time under about eighty blankets to try and stay warm. I feel like a bear out of hibernation right now and so I’m gonna go eat everything, bye.
I just rescued a vole from my cat and he thanked me by biting the shit out of my finger.
The funny thing is the same thing happened when I was a tiny kid and I still have a horseshoe shaped scar on my finger. This bite looks almost identical.
Oh well, at least he’ll live to vole around another day. :)
Anonymous asked: Would a very low boil be acceptable for cleaning bones if you boiled it IN dawn dish soap to keep it from cooking grease into the bones?
It might help some with cutting the grease but I really doubt it. Boiling is bad for skulls in several ways. It not only cooks grease into the bone but the extreme heat also damages skulls –like destroying the delicate sinuses and cracking teeth to pieces– and can cause some skulls to totally fall apart.
I know it’s faster than maceration but boiling is pretty much like bleach when it comes to cleaning skulls. It’s something that should never be used if you want a decent piece that doesn’t stink, crumble to pieces, or look like a hot greasy mess.
Some folks heat water to a very light simmer to clean skulls but even that you have to be terribly careful with to make sure the temps don’t get too high.
Ideal temps for maceration are between 85-100 degrees Fahrenheit. For degreasing it’s between 100-120 degrees.
But do what I’ve done in the past if you still want to experiment with different ways of cleaning. Get some junk skulls and give it a go! Just be prepared that they’ll likely not turn out very good.
I’ve been doing this for years and my tried and true method is still maceration (or sometimes nature cleaning/rotting in a garbage bag), degreasing with hot water and dawn dish soap, and then peroxide.
Good luck and happy cleaning, Anon!
Thank you all so much for participating in the giveaway! I’ve contacted the individual that came the closest to guessing the correct number of teeth and am currently waiting to hear back from them. The correct answer was 4928 teeth!
I’ll try to have another giveaway ready before Christmas! Or a holiday sale in the shop if nothing else.
P.S. Guess who’s farrier brought her the skull from a Polish Arabian horse today?
Mine did. ‘Cause he’s the best farrier ever. :)
roanoak13 said: I’ve had so many animals come to us this way. When are people going to learn???
Ugh, same here! I live on a narrow little country road so irresponsible jerks are always dumping animals out here. I found my Molly out roaming on a nearby road, skin and bones, with nine puppies a few years ago. And then my newest cat (Bob) was up in a tree on my road, the skin from her lower lip totally ripped away which was likely the result of being tossed out of a moving car.
Since I’ve lived here I’ve also helped out two huskies on two different occasions (one with a shattered pelvis from being hit by a car), a pair of chihuahuas, a couple of other mutts, and my neighbors have rescued a bunch of cats too.
Folks, if you plan on dumping an animal out in the country, you should know that there are only two things that will happen to it. It will die a cruel death from starvation, being hit by a car, eaten by a coyote or other wild animal, or shot by someone OR by some miracle someone might come along and decide to do what you should have done in the first place and take responsibility for its care.
Sadly, that rarely happens.
Nothing much more eerie sounding than tornado warning sirens.
Stay safe tonight, everyone!
I’ve got a bunch of wild wood ducks living on the pond in my pasture and they, along with some barred owls and the local gang of coyotes were all shrieking and howling when I took the hound diggity dog out tonight.
I love living out in the country. :)
I had a blast at the show today! A TON of people came by my table and said some of the most awesome things about my work. Couple of fellow venders even came by to say they just had to come see this “skull table that everyone’s been talking about” so that was cool. Sold a few pieces too! What didn’t sell will be in the shop and posted here next week! I’ll post some pics and a video of my table setup soon too.
Anywho, I came home absolutely exhausted and was hit with the worst nosebleed I’ve ever had as soon as I walked in the front door. Glad that didn’t happen at the show, haha!