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. 💀💀💀 (at http://bone-lust.blogspot.com)