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Mouse taxidermy 2.0: conjoined twins.
Warning: dead mice in decorative form. If you disapprove of this concept on principle, please peruse some of the other new Instructables instead.
 
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Step 1: Learn Mouse Taxidermy

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First, check out my Mouse Taxidermy Instructable. It covers all of the basic skills and tools you'll need to prepare your mice.

This Instructable will provide the extra steps necessary to create conjoined mice.

An aside:
If you're ethically opposed to the concept of creative and/or decorative taxidermy (and have chosen to look anyway) I have two questions for you: do you wear leather, and do you eat meat? If you answered yes to either, can you/would you kill and prepare the animals necessary to procure this meat and leather? Willfully ignoring the source of your food and clothing hypocritically outsources the ethical questions and is ultimately disrespectful to the animals involved. If you're an ethical vegan and eschew leather, I respect your opinion and your desire to avoid viewing discomfiting images. Thus I carefully label the Intro page of these Instructables, hide the more graphic pictures on the later pages, and promise not to send you any taxidermy for Christmas.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled Instructable.

Step 2: Devise and Create Voodoo Doll

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Figure out what type of conjoined twins you'd like to make. How many heads, arms, legs, tails, etc do you want? How many mice do you have, and how does their coloration best match up? How will your composite creature be positioned?

Next, plan how to create a voodoo doll to accommodate these requirements. The wiring can be a bit tricky, so experiment a bit until you're happy. Make sure you're sizing the voodoo doll's segments against the proper mouse, as head and body size may vary.

I've chosen to join my mice at the hip, as shown below. I used two whitish mice, but you can select different colors for maximum contrast. Next time I'll probably avoid white as it can allow the wiring to show through.
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Lei_Kei3 years ago
I don't see why people have such a problem with it. I think it's cute.

-The mice are already dead and bought at a store, it's not they they hit them with a hammer and used them just for this.
- The mouse doesn't care.
- Some humans even want to be made into art like this, and they can. I', sure you guys have heard of those body galleries.

People have different opinions on this, and thats fine. Let's just not be so didsrespeactfil. If you don't like it, you should quitely leave.
StarFace6 years ago
I totally agree with Beanie... What kind of parent lets a child play with dead animals? Whether they are preserved or rotting is totally beside the point! Dont be suprised when you're not winning any parenting/responsibility/ethical awards! It's not that people are vegetarian/vegan/squeamish... I wear leather, I eat meat etc... But this is just sick! Really, it's disgusting, I think you have a problem... I mean once again, surely it's one thing to be showing people the proper methods of taxidermy... But to be attaching dead animals together or dressing them up is just completely warped and not to mention disrespectful. And it can't be having a healthy influence on that poor kid.
You know, I've been poking the eyes out of fish with a knife since I was 3 and I grew up fine. I see nothing wrong with this. My dad, being a hunter and taxidermist, allowed me to always play with his dead animals and help him around. I say it's good parenting.
congratulations canida! you have won the responsibile ethical parenting award!
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ekobor StarFace5 years ago
 But... you play with live animals, don't you? 

What is the point in teaching a child to fear death? They are going to die some day. 

I don't personally do taxidermy, simply because I fear doing a poor job, which is the line I consider to be disrespectful to an animal. 

But once a creature is dead, what is the point in letting the creature go to waste? 

You are teaching the child that death isn't something to fear, and that all creatures can continue to be useful even after death. How is that a bad thing?
izi StarFace6 years ago
you should research rogue taxidermy and Anthropomorphic taxidermy its been around since 1851 thanks to Hermann Ploucquet. Competitions are held each year for rogue taxidermy. besides its rather rude to say someone has a problem, when its you who just can't handle it. your pushing your own insecurites onto others
ajdommer4 years ago
I can't believe some of you all are so intolerant of taxidermy like this.

We're making the world our trashcans in so many ways. In contrast this is green, like when you kill an animal for one purpose and at least then you use all the parts of it, rather than wasting them. Like how theyr'e trying to recycle chicken feathers into something useful; so we don't just kill them for the meat and then have to find a way to get rid of 60 million cubic yards of waste per year.
masterme1207 years ago
I can't believe that you killed mice for decoration!
I know!....I kill hamsters
 If I recall, Canida uses feeder mice or mice that she raised and lets die naturally. Not many people kill simply for the taxidermy. 
narmolania4 years ago
reminds me of bearix potters works XD (i meant eh girl who has those little critters in her hands XD )
Munchys4 years ago
This scares me... ima go back to the elctronics and try to forget this
ajkl275 years ago
Oh so cute and twisted =) I think I love you.
deadeye57206 years ago
what are you head of PETA? they were dead already, and even if they weren't, do you want them chewing holes in wires, pooing in your house, or eating your food and pooping where it used to be? by the way, rats carried fleas with the bubonic plague, they are filthy animals.
I think hes using pet lab mice, so this doesn't really apply.
tenaciousbd5 years ago
I'm stumped.  Anyone have any animatronic ideas to go along withthis?  I've been on the look out for small motors and ways I canincorporate them into this project, but I am having seriousbuilders block thus far.  If my concept inspires you and you areable to fabricate something, drop me a line and let me know.  I'mthinkin biomechstyle, larger animal maybe???  Also PETA, pleasedon't respond to me, I still haven't been able to get out all thatdamn red paint you threw on my cinchilla fur coat.  Damn you.
XkidXhavocX6 years ago
oh but it was only 1 mouse
XkidXhavocX6 years ago
the one that i made had a blowfish beak, blowfish fins, and a birds tail... i spent 3 days with no sleep on that thing... i want to do autopsys (sp) for a career.
Ouchimoo6 years ago
BFF!! ROLF! You win random picture of the day.
Ahaha, thats really clever. I like it.
deadeye57206 years ago
also nice instructable :)
sweetkits6 years ago
why are you killing mice? if they r wild i understand
Who said she was killing mice? They came from the vivarium. Besides, if the idea of dead things disturbs you, then taxidermy probably isn't the right job field for you.
veriria6 years ago
It is very cool and a wee bit disturbing all at the same time. You can definitely say you have a pretty unique hobby there!
Widowmak3r7 years ago
what the hell dude...this is not cool
You don't have to read it if you don't like it, PETA man. Are you a member of PETA?

five stars

jouelbox7 years ago
AWESOME, I love this. I see this as an art piece, a celebration of life! As long as the animals died naturally no harm was done.
this is awesome....don't let the peta people get you down TOO much...five stars.
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bad apple7 years ago
I wuz jest woderin', were those mice pets at any time?
DROCK137 years ago
conjoined mice are so awesome man i love this if you dnt you dnt nutin bad about u if u dnt lol
JBTea94.57 years ago
ok...... this is kinda offencive to the mice... have you no respect for the dead?? lol.......
It is unhumane to disrespect an animals afterlife. How would you feel to have your corpse made into a toy!
Even if he thought that would disrespectful to the "afterlife," first he would have to believe in the afterlife to begin with.
Personaly I'm going to hire a huge hairy guy to run through the streets of my town and hit all the tourists with my rotting appendages, but I guess I would settle for becoming a rockinghorse. P.S. I'm seriose about the hairy guy thing, I want to go out with a bang!!!
I find your mice kind of.. charming! I'm not sure if I could do taxidermy myself, but if I did, this is the kind of afterlife I think I'd like to make for my animals. :]
altaria19938 years ago
lets make 100 of those mouses and make THOSE together :P
100 mice with two back feet. that'd be pretty hard to get arond.
why?
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