Intro: Small Preserved Animal Shadowbox Display
Perhaps a bit weird, but I happen to like shadowbox displays of preserved insects and such, and discovered a dead and perfectly preserved (dehydrated) common house mouse. I also like mice.
The mouse and a simple label (with the scientific mouse name) are stuck into a small IKEA shadowbox frame. I used a small amount of hot glue to hold the mouse. I think it looks great next to the similarly framed insect that was a gift.
SMALL BIRD PRESERVATIONS>
Following the surprise discovery of the mummified mouse, I was interested in experimenting with this dehydration method for a small recently deceased bird I found, followed in quick succession by 3 other smaller interesting birds who all appeared to have died by collision with a particular window covered building, which was a bit sad. I placed them on a bed of cornmeal closed inside a small cardboard box. I rest the box on top of the hot water pipes in my basement, which are always very warm, in a dry room. I left them for a year and opened the box with some hesitation only to discover they were very dehydrated, weighing almost nothing and with no odor. I only think this method works for smaller lightweight recently deceased animals. This should go without saying, but pleasedon't kill animals. I consider this a way of honoring their interesting features and beauty. I framed them in a large shadowbox and again determined that hot glue was still the best/easiest method for securing them. I carefully trimmed some of the feathers in the area where I applied the glue.