I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Bernice » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:23 pm

This is the final box with both skeletons in...
With a close up of the bunny...
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Bernice » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:28 pm

P.S. All counted... number of times fingers were welded together by superglue - 5, number of T-shirts ruined by silicon - 1, number of times having to comb (literally) a shag carpet to find dropped bones - too many...

P.P.S. the madness has not ended... I currently have a puff adder skeleton that is being attended to by dermestid beatles in a bag above my fridge...
It was acquired as a long dead, dried out biltong snake, and stored to be cleaned and assembled at a later date, the clever little dermestids found it all by themselves and invaded on mass, so Im ignoring them crawling around in my kombuis until they are quite done with it :)
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Ruan Stander » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:25 pm

That is just too cool. How long did the owl and rabbit take you to finish ?
Now the puff adder should be a challenge, can't wait to see it.
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby gekosin » Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:01 am

I hope the kids you teach appreciate these types of things! I think its really cool you going the extra mile for them :)
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Bernice » Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:27 pm

Hi there!
@gekosin: in a word... no... kids these days are a bit wrapped up in themselves, there is the odd one that notices but they are few and far between, I make these things for me to enjoy and appreciate, I just use them to try and teach my classes :)

@predator678: the rabbit and owl were about a week each, because I didn't have to wait for them to decompose, i got them just hours after their untimely demise, and boiled them to get at the bones... the owl was surprisingly easy to re-articulate after I rebuilt the broken bones... the bunny was tricky because of the teeny tiny bones!
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Bushviper » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:52 am

Would you like to donate some beetles to clean up a few skulls for me? Meal worms do not clean it up as well as what they do.
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Bernice » Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:26 pm

Oh my! i will try and get my mits on a few and keep them alive for you BV! will be a challenge because there isn't much snake left and they have been leaving... must also get something else to feed them... if I succeed I will get them to you as soon as I can :)
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Bushviper » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:00 pm

Just drop in a road kill or two from time to time and then if you are coming this way or know someone coming this way just pop them in a escape proof box please.
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Ruan Stander » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:14 pm

Wow I would have thought the owl took a lot longer.
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Bernice » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:53 pm

Hi BV! I rooted around in the snake bag and found only discarded larval skins and empty pupae... :( Oh and only one lost and confused adult beetle... I have provided it with a tasty morsel (dead sparrow) and am hoping that other adults haven't gone too far and will come back!
Ive also set up a 'trap' of sorts on my garden, I know we have dermestids in the area, as every dead bird or meat scraps I toss on the compost heap gets nibbled on by them... So I have put out some old meat in hope of attracting them...

will keep you posted...

@predator678: I did tackle the owl during a holiday so I had 7 solid days to dedicate to it and it alone :) I boiled the meat off the bones, and then cleaned them with a toothbrush, so that only took half a day, then I bleached and dried them and that was another day, then 5 days watching series on telly and building the bird on the floor...
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby MrG » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:35 pm

Great skill!
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby scalybunni » Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:41 pm

Do you sell these? I would definitely pay for something as cool as this! They are incredible, you did a great job!
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby Ruan Stander » Fri May 15, 2015 11:49 am

Haha, yes the assembly is the problem. I'm still looking for a bat anyone...
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Re: I have to be crazy... Skeletons in my closet...

Postby cascade » Mon May 25, 2015 7:17 pm

You should try using roaches they do a good job at cleaning meat off bones.
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