BONELUST WORKSHOP: While restocking the next batch of the Bonelust original - Night Dreams: Real Bat Wings Framed into Glass Teardrop Pendant Necklaces… I will be making some bat wing pendants in this two-sided glass globe style as well. These are similar to my butterfly/moth wing globe pendants. Hard to photograph but I think you get the idea. Ethically sourced just like all of my bat supplies - these bats are found dead then dry preserved. I use every single possible part of them in my jewelry & art. Stay tuned here for followup posts on when they are available at Bonelust.Etsy.Com πŸ’€β™₯πŸ’€ Sorry, no reserved listings. Yes they ship worldwide. πŸ’€β™₯πŸ’€ (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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AVAILABLE NOW $250 EACH! These two Four Horned Jacob Sheep Skulls now available at Bonelust.Etsy.Com πŸ‘β™₯πŸ’€β™₯πŸ‘ (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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AVAILABLE TODAY $250! Four Horned Jacob Sheep Ram Skull with unusual horn color & arrangement. This may appear to have only 3 horns, but it actually has 2 on one side merging closer together than the first 2. So stay tuned here for updates & at Bonelust.Etsy.Com for the listing! πŸ‘β™₯πŸ’€β™₯πŸ‘ (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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AVAILABLE TODAY $250! I will have this 4-Horned Jacob Sheep Ram Skull for sale today so stay tuned here for updates & at Bonelust.Etsy.Com for the listing! πŸ‘β™₯πŸ’€β™₯πŸ‘ (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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PREORDERS AVAILABLE NOW $35! Working on restocking the Clan of the Dire Wolf Pendant Necklace with Real Coyote Canine. Limited quantities available at Bonelust.Etsy.Com so treat yourself now! Fair warning that the first batch sold out right away. πŸ’€πŸΊβ™₯πŸΊπŸ’€ (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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Drawings for β€˜Macaca Mulatta’ Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Publication 2011. By Bradley Jay 2014
10 animal X-ray illustrations based on ‘Animal X-Rays’ (1947) by Brenda Putnam, New York.
More - http://www.bradleyjay.co.uk/Goldsmiths

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It has been an incredible year here for spotting mating pairs of Southern Two-striped Walkingsticks, Anisomorpha buprestoides. I’m always weary about handling these guys because they can spray you in your face with a substance that can cause corneal damage. But I really wanted to show you guys the size of this pair. Which are actually quite a bit smaller than the average size for adults of this species. The females normally get up to around 4” long. The male seen here is so small that it was hard for me to believe it was a mature adult. In any case, they didn’t mind me picking them up which is good because they seem to love laying where they otherwise would get stepped on. β™₯πŸ›β™₯

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NEW & AVAILABLE NOW $40! A new piece in the BoneLust Limbus Series: The Smaug Drogon Little Dragon Pendant Necklace. Because yes, these sacrum bones look like tiny dragon skulls. These bones are triple adhered & sealed into place. There are limited quantities so treat yourself at Bonelust.Etsy.Com very soon! And yes, these ship worldwide. πŸ²πŸ’€β™₯πŸ’€πŸ² (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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There are a lot of female Luna Moth visiting again. Plump with eggs. One laid some on a window screen which I will have to move to my safe hatching spot on a host tree. These pictured here will also be moved there. This moment happening right now on my front porch is both beautiful and sad to me. This mother Luna Moth has had no energy to fly for days now and has out of desperation laid her eggs on my potted plant. Too often I see plump egg filled mothers dead. So I’m glad this one had not given up although the sight of her slowly dying is still sad. Seeing her enormous body invert as she laid this mass of eggs was astonishing to see. Luna Moths only live a couple weeks as adults. Their only purpose is to mate. So this mother has done her duty well. I will take over from here. β™₯πŸ›β™₯

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AVAILABLE TONIGHT $40! A new piece in the BoneLust Limbus Series: Smaug (or Drogon if you prefer,haha). Because these sacrum bones look like tiny dragon skulls. These bones are triple adhered & sealed into place. Stay tuned for a followup post here on when these list at Bonelust.Etsy.Com there will be very limited quantities. πŸ²πŸ’€β™₯πŸ’€πŸ² (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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BONELUST Q&A: “How do you know what all of the skulls and bones are from that you post here?” I didn’t have the luxury of just buying the skulls/bones in my collection/supplies when I first started over 30 years ago. There just was not a resource for these things just like there was not a resource about how to clean bones (and why I started my bone processing blog to share with you guys!). And I like to know where they came from anyway. So I had to learn all of this myself over the years. I started collecting & making bone art long ago back in the 80s. So I learned what something’s skull or say vertebrae looked like from starting off with that animal dead and fully processing it myself to see what lay underneath. Nowadays there are a lot of resources to ID skulls & bones and countless places to buy them. I regularly use SkullsUnlimited.Com to help with skull ID and a couple different books if I’m stumped. Want to learn how to process bones yourself? Take a look at the extensive HowTo posts already on my BoneLust blogspot. For ID help try searching through #bonelustpersonalcollection here & #bonelustqanda β™₯πŸ’€β™₯ (at http://bone-lust.blogspot.com)

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BACK IN STOCK $45!! Just restocked my Real Human Molar Specimen Glass Dome Display in the Regular Quality option. There are preorders for the Deluxe & Antique Decayed options. And 2 different base options for each: Silver & Antique Brass. Limited quantities of each so treat yourself at Bonelust.Etsy.Com soon! β™₯πŸ’€β™₯ There is also an option to send me your own molar to have me make a custom one for you! β™₯πŸ’€β™₯ (at http://bonelust.etsy.com)

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BONELUST PERSONAL COLLECTION: My new addition is a male Nutria Skull. One seriously odd looking skull. Arrived covered in dirt so lets see how it looks after a little peroxide bath. πŸ’€β™₯πŸ’€ (at http://bone-lust.blogspot.com)

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BONELUST Q&A: “I’ve been macerating bones & they are now a strange color what’s going on? Are my bones ruined?” Maceration is the process of purification to remove the remaining flesh from bone. It is the easiest & least expensive way to do this while still leaving bones in good condition. Note that this process is best for animals larger than a rat. Smaller bones can turn to mush during maceration as they themselves start to decay.

To macerate you take your animal remains that have very minimal flesh on them (never a whole animal), add them to a plastic container & fill with plain tap water then replace the tight fitted lid. The lid is important because you don’t want insect in you maceration water only the bacteria that will grow and eat away the flesh. You also don’t want to leave it out in the rain without a lid or you’ll get algae growing. Insect larvae & algae with both start to break down the bone.

The more flesh on the remains the longer this process will take. After 2 or 3 weeks the bones should be coated with a film that’s pink, red, rust, brown or black. That’s normal & means the bacteria is working. The bones pictured are diamondback rattlesnake that soaked undisturbed for 2 weeks. They now only have a black film of bacteria on them. Not to worry! I put these in a hydrogen peroxide bath and the black immediately disappeared.

This maceration bacteria needs to be kept at a certain temp to work. It will not work in the Winter because it is too cold and will die off if it gets too hot. For exact temperatures & much more extensive info about this see my blogspot blog. This is just the basics but it is a good start. πŸ’€β™₯πŸ’€ (at http://bone-lust.blogspot.com)

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BONELUST Q&A: “Who is your bone supplier?” I am! Spent a lot of time yesterday rinsing the bones in my maceration tubs. Pictured are bones from wild turkey, deer, wild boar, catfish, longnose gar, squirrel, armadillo and bear. Most were found naturally dead, road kill or hunter dumped. The bear is from the estate of a taxidermist. So not really calling those ethically sourced although they still were considered a waste product I am salvaging. Most of this were straight into a hydrogen peroxide bath. Some needs degreasing.

99% of the animal byproducts I use in my art I find and process myself. They are natural death, road kill and hunter dumped remains I’ve collected & fully processed myself. Nothing is ever killed for my art. And rather than let them disintegrate to dust I prefer to honor their lives in my art. On rare occasions I locate ethical sources for anything I can’t find locally. Like the quills & deer antler I use, which are both naturally shed. Sorry, I do not sell my supplies because I work so hard to locate/clean them for myself.

Apologies in advance for the occasional photos of dead animals instead of pretty clean bones but this is the reality of where my bone supplies come from. This is very important to me as well, as the majority of my customers. Also, many fellow bone collectors rely on the info I provide here & at my blog to help them learn these skills. πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ (at http://bone-lust.blogspot.com)

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