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Oh wow this is gorgeous!

I got my lovely gift today from the Game Grumps Charity stream they held to raise money for Healing Horse Therapy Center (which they raised $80k for!!) One of their giveaways was for 2 of flapflaps‘ taxidermy butterflies, and by sheer luck, I won one! 

Thank you guys for this and for being super awesome! <3

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Back in high school, I had an art teacher who would bring me dead birds for art reference. I’d photograph them in an array of different light settings and positions for future classes to use in studies. This was a varied thrush that had hit a window and died earlier that morning on campus. It is illegal to keep parts of native songbirds, so after the photo sessions, I always had to dispose of the carcasses in a green space behind the art building. But the photos I took remain long after the animals’ bodies return to the earth. I am posting a bunch of images like this (and more!) right now on my Secret Side Blog, which you can access with a simple $1.00 monthly donation through Patreon

Part of my menagerie; A very dilapidated and incredibly fragile Victorian era conjoined lamb gingerly removed from his case for a quick photo session. The poor fellow is missing an ear and splitting apart at all of his seams.

icarusmasaru asked:

Do you taxidermize anything? I was wondering if with a taxidermy squirrel if you cut the ankles and leave the feet in? Won't they rot? Send help!

I don’t do much taxidermy work, but I do prepare taxidermy quality hides and would advise against cutting the feet off at the ankles. Even on something as bony as a squirrel, you’re asking for insect activity and slippage if you leave that much of the carcass on the hide. It also makes tanning and keeping that part of the skin soft difficult.

To skin out the paws on any animal, you skin all the way down and sever the first phalanges from the claw. Sometimes I sever at the second if I’m having a difficult time.

Here are the two ways you can skin out paw pads. I usually use the first method on the left, the right is known as the ‘latch’ method and preferred by taxidermists due to the fact that closing up pads is a pain.

Those tricky phalanges. Art credit for the second images goes to lady-athanasia on DA.

Hope that helps! Anyone have advice to add?

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Polly Morgan’s Snakes.

British artist Polly Morgan heightens taxidermy to a new elevation with her series of snake sculptures that have appeared in her last two exhibitions, “Taxidermy is Dead, Long Live Taxidermy” and “Short Sentences, Spoke Softly.”  These pieces of art - made from silicon and other materials - are insanely beautiful to me and I can’t stop looking at them.

You can see more of them below:

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