Now you can even play with fresh-caught fish (the skeleton, anyway) AFTER it's been eaten!
This pseudo-taxidermy Instructable will show you how easy it is to preserve and dry a fish skeleton... then turn that skeleton into a whimsical Work of ART!
The simple, straightforward technique is demonstrated with a Triggerfish but it can also be applied to many species of fish. Experiment with whatever fresh fish you catch.
Hang your fanciful Fish Art from the eaves of your porch or patio for a few months. When the odor dissipates, enjoy these colorful creations anywhere INSIDE your home!
Let's get started with a complete Project Overview for the the things you'll need, beginning with:
STEP 1: Clean and fillet
- A Triggerfish or?
- A sharp fillet knife
- Aluminum Foil
- A flat drying surface
- A cardboard box or plastic crate
- A dremel tool or drill with small bit
- Assorted acrylic paints
- Assorted paint brushes
- Clear gloss spray paint
- 2 Seashells (or buttons) for the eyes
- White Glue
- A Lure for hanging (optional)
- A Hanging cord, string or fishing line.
- A single earring or bead to hang from the tummy. (optional)
- Picture Gallery of my Triggerfish herd.
- More instructions on detailed painting.