Asked by zombiefire 8 years ago
Hi, I found a mummified small animal (possum, little dog, raccoon) under a friend's house, when doing plumbing repairs. It is all there except maybe the feet. I cant really tell, because he is kinda twisted around, and I have not touched him yet. There is some skin, no fur - he is so dry that the live animals arent even iterested in smelling him. I would like to clean and maybe try to articulate him; if too many bones are missing I will just keep his skull. My question is - what is the best way to remove the dry skin? Instructions I have read are all about fresh skin. Should I boil him or just soak him in peroxide to remove his skin? Thank you!
Asked by lgrotkin 9 years ago
Check out the winners of the Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest, held last Friday in Brooklyn! Neat stuff- I'm sorry to have missed it.If you live in the NY area, you still have a chance to see one piece: the winning entry will be on view for the next month at Obscura Antiques & Oddities, 280 East 10th Street Between 1st and A East Village, New York City.
Posted by canida 10 years ago
Chuffy and his Time Machine, Chuffy (mouse) sits in the little carriage on top of the Time Machine (guinea pig). He is having some mechanical problems getting it started, so the hatch on the side of the Guinea pig is open to reveal vintage clockwork cogs that make the Time Machine work, when it hasn't broken down anyway! Apparently, the donor animals are all natural deaths, including gifts from the maker's cat.
Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago
Hi i have a pheasant i am trying (my 1st attempt)to stuff,i have folloed the instructions on here,but i think i have done it wrong,1st,i had it covered with rock salt for two weeks,then i have put a huge amount of borax in it for two days now,is this ok?or have i blunndered?please H E L P,feg
Asked by feg 9 years ago
Kasey and Vanessa from yourpsychogirlfriend are featured on BoingBoingTV! Watch as Xeni checks out some of the awesome stuff they've been working on: high-concept tutus (my favorite gets filled with hissing cockroaches), giant evil doll puppets, and best of all, the Text-O-Possum.I still owe Kasey a mouse mouse to go with her compubeaver. Clearly it's time to get to work before the mouse is permanently upstaged by next-gen Possum-tech.I definitely plan to keep an eye on these two.
Posted by canida 10 years ago
I have a frozen bearded dragon that I would like to take a try at mounting/stuffing/taxidermying/drying. It has been in the freezer for almost a year.
Lisa Black has finally updated the animals around us with some much-needed upgrades. Mechanical eyes, gears in torsos, and a few bolts for good measure. Instead of just doing the traditional taxidermy, she recreates creatures in a fantastic new way. linkalso: Mouse Taxidermy Duck Mousevia Make
Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago
This is too awesome. These feltidermy pieces are felt versions of the classic head-stuck-on-a-chunk-of-wood taxidermy thing. Be sure to check out the full Flickr set for a lot more examples. Feltidermy Flickr set via neatorama
Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago
Yesterday got a hare from roadkill. (It is stewing right now). I want to try to do an attempt at taxidermy. I got the pelt off intact, except the lower part of the legs, and I still have to do the head. I was thinking of just letting the legs dry: Quite tedious to take the skin off, and hardly any meat on it. Can I do this, and can I just let the ears dry?
Asked by BobS 8 years ago
How can I make the horns on my ram skull less dull in color? They're kind of gray/bland...? Answered
I have a ram skull which I found & defleshed. It's pretty incredible - the horns span almost 3 feet. But their sheen is pretty blah. When wet they have a gorgeous rich color - is it possible to make this color come out when dry?
Asked by r.effuse 8 years ago
I have two small pork rib bones ( about four cm each max.) and, on a whim, have decided to whiten them. I don't know how to do this. The bones almost no meat on them, but I'm not sure whether or not they have marrow. I was thinking of boiling them, since I belive it is easy, are there any setbacks to this method? please help (note: I am thinking of trying scrimshaw on them, so I dont want to weaken the bone)
Asked by flamesami 8 years ago
I am quite interested in the articulation of the bones of animals. I plan on using small game (squirrels, frogs) to begin with, and I will probably donate them to my Biology teacher, since she loves skeletons.The process of defleshing and whitening the bones of the animal is fairly straight forward - soak the carcass/skeleton in chemical baths and take it out when it's done. The chemicals needed for the process are what's going to be hard for me to obtain.I need a 0.3% solution of sodium carbonate. Sodium bicarb is extremely easy to come by, but I've never seen sodium carbonate. I've heard it is used to raise the pH in pools, so I'm guessing a pool store would carry it. But, would it be possible (practical) to make it? Is there a way, using household chemicals, to produce sodium carbonate? I don't need very much.Secondly, I need a 20% solution of hydrogen peroxide. I only have a 3% bottle. I've heard H2O2 is some pretty dangerous stuff. Again, is it possible for me to buy/make it? Would freeze-purifying it work?Thanks for any help, and if I get this to work out, of course it'll all be turned into an Instructable.
Posted by Bran 10 years ago
For a while I've asked that when "the cats" die I can have them to turn into Davy Crockett Hats, with the tail hanging down at the back. This is because: -They have nice tortoise-shell fur -What else do you do with a dead-cat -How many Davy Crockett Hats have you actually seen? When I was discussing this today, I was asked about the cat's head... which gave me the idea of having the head and paws on with an mp3 player and speakers in the front-paws. So you'd have an Mp3 Cat Hat, that looked like you'd got a cat clinging to your head, with it's front paws in your ears. It's a bit mad, but I think someone would buy one. Maybe mouse-mouse-minded people might make one? Or it's a knitting/crochet project. L
Posted by lemonie 5 years ago
Dark Roasted Blend is always full of fascinating shiny wonderful things. Following links there led me back to this older post collecting links to Nemo Gould's art robots, steampunk spiders, gorgeous mechanized beetles, and minature recycled hot-rods. Even if you've seen it before, it's worth revisiting, and Dark Roasted Blend does, as advertised, provide a daily dose of the weird and wonderful. Today's batch also included links to Takeshi Yamada's Museum of World Wonders exhibit, which includes "over 500 post-super-realism and neo-taxidermy artworks simulating the treasures of the cabinet of curiosities" along the lines of an old-school Coney Island sideshow. Enjoy!
Posted by reno_dakota 10 years ago
I've got a full set of deer teeth, still in the skull, though I'm sure the roots rotted out long ago. I'd like to know how to whiten the teeth without weakening them, and how to drill holes through them for bead-making. If it turns out OK, I'll make an instructable.
Asked by Fenris The bbw 8 years ago
Okay, I didn't know what it was, until I saw someone use a dead mouse as a computer mouse. I have always liked instructables, but now I feel sick. Is this something you guys seriously promote? God gave us all the animals on earth. But he didn't do it for this reason. Please remove this section, because it is extremely offensive. Now I will be thinking about it for awhile, and remembering it in disgust. Please instructables team if you have a heart, please take this disgusting stuff off your site.
Posted by Onkei 8 years ago
James Powderley's Home-X class had a mouse taxidermy session using my taxidermy Instructables. They made some great mice! Pictures here and here and here. They also learned to knit, solder, and do some chemistry; textbooks include the Cartoon Guides to Chemistry and Physics. Doesn't this sound like awesome fun? Check out the course description:Welcome to the Disruptive Home Economics class at Parsons New School for Design. To the initiated, the class is called Home X. The goal of this class is to expand our ability to make things at home, whether for entertainment, expression or survival. Home X will take us all through the center and to the fringe of what it means to make-it and do-it-yourself. We will start by making or modifying existing DIY and How-to projects and studying the way other makers solve problems and create documentation. Over the course of the semester, we will get hands-on experience researching, designing, documenting and sharing our own DIY projects. We will take a generalist's approach and gain experience with a wide range of mechanical, electrical, computational and chemical processes. We will combine novel tools and materials with common ones and build projects for ourselves as well as tools for others. Along the way, we will also look at the way cultural and historical contexts influence the technologies we make and use, as well as the implications of open source production by the masses. Students will be encouraged to release their work as openly and widely as possible and to experiment with traditional and contagious distribution of their projects.More info hereAs they say in Home-X: D.I.Y till you R.I.P.
Posted by canida 11 years ago
I'm interested in making a ring similar to the kind that Catherinette Rings makes with this pair of taxidermy eyes. I've sourced the the eyes (obviously), but I also like the little tubing they use for the ring itself. Can anyone tell me what this is called if it's a commercial product, or is it custom machined by the ringmaker? Thanks, Noahh
Asked by noahh 7 years ago
I have heard that the invasive Northern/Giant Snakeheads are prevalent in Virginia and I was wondering where near Roanoke, Hardy, or Salem I could possibly fish for one. I have also heard that they are delicious, and might get one taxidermied. It's not me in the picture.
Asked by RedneckAsian 8 years ago
A buddy of mine e-mailed me an article about a cell phone unveiled in Japan that is a plush Teddy Bear. After reading it I said "Surely someone could make that for less than $500!!!" When I mentioned this to my friend he said he could see someone on Instructables combinig it with taxidermy to make a rat phone. The URL is :http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,415965,00.htmlHopefully this will provide someone with inspiration.
Posted by RadBear 9 years ago
I just wanted to share some pictures from the Autodesk Halloween Party yesterday. There was a costume contest with 6 categories. Instructablers managed to win 3 of those categories! Congratulations: Christy - Best Scary Costume - Dune Sandworm Paige - Best Homemade Costume - Wall Mounted Taxidermy J, Noah, Gabe, and Julia - Best Group Costume - Shop Accidents Other winners: Best Female Costume - Breaking Bad, Heisenberg Best Male - WWII Fighter pilot Best Funny Costume - Monopoly Man
Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago
My skills include: Fine woodworking, glassworking,basic electrical theory, resin casting, upcycling, metal smithing, photovoltaics, carving What I'd like to make for someone: There is nothing I won't make! I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): All sizes I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Yes! What I like : miniature things, beads, trinkets, pirates, James Cameron's AVATAR, survival equipment, Maori culture, ancient/primitive craftswork, sailboats, paracord, bugs, solar power, glow in the dark stuff, steampunk. What I don't like : Paper mache! Clowns! Taxidermy! I absolutely can't have: Wheat flour Type of thing I'd love to receive: Something made of paracord, a small pouch, a hackysack, a ship-in-a-bottle, anything that will fit in the palm of your hand. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? No Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: Confirmed!
Posted by nepheron 8 years ago
My skills include: craft, a bit of sewing, I like to try different things but I don't think you would call them skills. What I'd like to make for someone: something cute, fun, useful maybe I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): S,M I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: Yes What I like: Pretty things, geeky things, cats, gardening (nature in general) What I don't like: anything gun related or depicting violence, the colour grey, meat or by-products (ie, taxidermy) I absolutely can't have: (due to allergies, pets, etc) meat, onions Type of thing I'd love to receive: something I couldn't make myself Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? yes Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: Yes, I'm over 18
Posted by ChrysN 8 years ago
I have recently come by 2 very fresh and very real Owl's Talons. Theyre about 4-5 inches long and look really awesome. I want to make necklaces out of them, preferably with them grasping/holding a stone of some sort. The problem is I have no idea how to do this since these are real. I dont know much about taxidermy at all or if its totally necessary here and I'm not sure how to clean them either. I'm also not sure how to set the toes to make them grasp anything. Basically I dont know the first thing about this project and need all the help I can get. Plus its for a girl so I will really REALLY appreciate everyone that helps me out. :) Here is an image of the talons, I hope it makes things easier. http://yfrog.com/89picture002bwj (also if there is any question about it, no i did not go out and kill some poor owl)
Posted by krelnius 8 years ago
My skills include: computer OS (aka Ubuntu), misc. little crafts, and a basic knowledge of woodworking, paracord, and electronics. Here is a link to my featured Instructable What I'd like to make for someone: maybe a kool lookin' clock, from an instructable on this site =D I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): (S,M,L): I will make a smallish medium object I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: sure! What I like: electronics, computer stuff, gadgets, soccer, steam plunk, jewelry (necklaces/bracelets), Antique/refurbished items. What I don't like: taxidermy, food items, lawn gnomes, pink/girly items I absolutely can't have: alcohol, and I cannot have scallops due to allergies, but I doubt that is anyone's gift idea ;) Type of thing I'd love to receive: I would like if it fits into one of my interests categories, or a surprise would be nice! Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Only if absolutely necessary. Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: yessiree bob!
Posted by your dog 8 years ago
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Posted by BrookeKilby 6 years ago
My skills include: electronics, sewing, building things, hardware hacking, laser cutting things, digital art stuff, computer re-use, Art (capital A), imagineering, writing, what-have-you What I'd like to make for someone: something strange with electronics or a musical instrument of some sort I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): M, L (Large preferred) I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: nah What I like: strange things made with electronics, Art (capital A), Stuff for my home, musical instruments (particularly guitars), books, soft things, taxidermy, dinosaurs, silly helmets, cameras, rock and roll What I don't like: sundresses, ball gowns, jewelry, clocks, Steampunk! I absolutely can't have: cats Type of thing I'd love to receive: something fun, something incredibly useful, something incredibly useless, Art (capital A), something that does something, something that makes music, handmade books Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Sure, but it would be going by 'slow mail' Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: I am 18+
Posted by randofo 8 years ago
The Telegraph ran a great article featuring online DIY culture and Instructables. Weird and wonderful inventions by Chris StevensMeet the DIY enthusiasts using the internet in their fight against throwaway society.The internet has spawned a new breed of extreme DIY enthusiasts. They build jet engines in their garages using instructions downloaded from forums, and they upload videos of the explosive results. They weld together rollercoasters out of scrap materials and household items. They teach themselves taxidermy to build "The Mouse Mouse", a real mouse with electrical innards. Or, like 17-year-old Thiago Olson, who built a fusion reactor in his house, they're scouting for parts in their local B & Q. The online DIYers are rebelling against a consumer society that has convinced many of us that everything is bought, not made. "It's a reaction against a mass-produced culture," says Eric Wilhelm, founder of Instructables.com. "People want to express themselves and show their individuality - building something cool that you can't buy and showing how you did it is a great way to express yourself."While the traditional DIYer is overjoyed to have put up a set of shelves without losing a finger, the extreme online DIYer spends the weekend with an angle-grinder turning a supermarket trolley into an armchair, or building a Guitar Hero game controller from scratch. Online projects show you how to make your own USB charger, extend the battery life of your laptop, or use a Mont Blanc refill to transform a ÃÂ£1 pen."People are passionate about all sorts of things," says Wilhelm. "From the wacky, far-out jet engines and taxidermy to the everyday stuff like how to tie your shoes or manage washing your laundry most efficiently."The projects are uploaded by users, who offer each other step-by-step advice on everything from the sinister to the charming. The extreme DIYers dare each other to create increasingly elaborate projects, posting photos and videos of near-misses and successes. The internet is perfect for this kind of experimentation; it's a place where inquisitive geeks meet friends with power-tools. All these projects have gorgeous colour photos to go with them, and the strength of interest in these extreme-DIY sites has led communities to meet offline. This year, Makezine.com held a fair in the US attended by 45,000 "makers"."Besides the skill of building and the exchange of ideas, it's a lot of fun," says Phillip Torrone, senior editor of Make magazine. "We seem to be in an era of thinking more about the things we buy, make, consume and cherish. The result of that is people making things - it's more gratifying." Scandals over rip-offs, such as the recent study that showed ink-jet printer cartridges wilfully waste more than 50 per cent of the ink (tinyurl.com/2957jw), make Torrone's DIY ethos all the more appealing.If you're the sort of clumsy oaf that regularly snaps USB keys off in their sockets, these DIY sites also offer advice on repairing consumer electronics. Wilhem's favourite DIY project is the dachshund wheelchair (tinyurl.com/ytc6bb). The DIYer who made it explains: "Our dachshund hurt his back, so for rehab we made him swim a lot, and I built this chair until he could use his back legs again."Online DIYers have an enthusiasm for science and exploration, and many are simply reacting to the low-quality of mass-produced goods, especially consumer electronics. They object to our modern throw-away culture. The DIYers also upstage technology manufacturers by demonstrating easy ways to fix what would otherwise be thrown away. "It's really more about problem-solving with more people", says Torrone.More news articles about Instructables here.
Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago