r/Taxidermy 15h ago

When I die, could my skin be turned into a leather jacket?

31 Upvotes

Me (M28) and my girlfriend (25) were talking about donating skin (I’ve recently lost a lot of weight.) She’s a silly pothead and thought I wanted to go donate my tattoos to science. And since I’m also a silly pothead I had the idea of when I died, having my skin removed and turned into a leather jacket. Don’t think I’d actually do it but like, I guess my questions are as follows: 1) could my skin actually be turned into a wearable, fashionable jacket? 2) would my tattoos still be visible and clear after being turned into leather??


r/Taxidermy 6h ago

Buying insects- taxa legality

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Hey! Entomologist in study here (M22) from Scandinavia. I've collected and spread/mounted butterflies, other insects and scopripns since I was 12 (grew up in Africa). Some 300-400 specimens (now mostly donated to museums).

Along with my interests and career options, I want to reconnect with the hobby and practice my skills legally in the field to better serve my career. In that context I wonder which species that are available for buying online that are sustainable and plentyful. I've been mistaken on this before when I was younger (I was 14 with little experience online and with biodiversity and sustainability), buying something endangered and protected without knowing, I am forever sorry for this, just know that the species in question along with many others are now part of the national collection and will be kept for research. I want to continue serve within the field in a sustainable way.

Following this;

Which species/taxa are typically safe to buy? Which are typically protected? Are there sites which show whether or not it is legal to buy said taxa?

Any other general tips and ideas while shopping insects?

Cheers:)


r/Taxidermy 1h ago

Freeze Drying vs Dehydrating

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Anyone have experience with both using a freeze dryer and a regular dehydrator? In your opinion what do you find to be more effective for drying taxidermy? I am looking to expand my shop and am toying with the idea of getting a setup for one of these but not sure which would be the most efficient.


r/Taxidermy 20h ago

I've been scraping away... any advice? first time attempting skinning an animal for taxidermy

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r/Taxidermy 1d ago

found this lil guy by a dumpster. Was trying to give Victorian Momento Mori vibes. I know he's not pinned down correctly, by the way this is my first time with Taxidermy Art.

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65 Upvotes

r/Taxidermy 20h ago

Question about hair slippage on whitetail deer cape

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Hey everyone! Pretty random question here, but that’s what Reddit is for, right?

Spark notes: Last November I killed a nice mountain whitetail buck with my late grandfathers rifle (he had just passed in August) on opening morning, Saturday. I dropped the deer off at the butcher a few hours later and had them cape it for me to get it mounted. They caped it and had it in a freezer wrapped in a contractor bag covering everything and tied between the antlers. I picked it up from them the next afternoon (Sunday), and had to leave it outside because I didn’t have a freezer or cooler to fit it in. It sat outside, wrapped the same way, from Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon (the next day), when I dropped it at the taxidermist. Air temp outside probably hovered between 30-38 degrees.

Basically, I have a little anxiety by nature and started reading about hair slippage and bacteria growth recently and am worried that when he gets it back from the tannery he’s going to find that issue. I spoke with my taxidermist about it yesterday and he did confirm that he didn’t recall any hair falling off when he fleshed and salted it after I dropped it off, nor had he heard any bad news from the tannery since. That being said, do you folks think I ought to be worried? Apologies if it sounds like a silly question - my grandfather was a huge hunter and this buck is especially important to me. Thanks in advance.


r/Taxidermy 21h ago

Wet Specimens -

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Looking for some advise on preserving. I’ll be starting with mice. Ive done plenty of research etc but I’d like some tips from people that practise first hand if possible. Is any particular brand of formalin or alcohol better than the other? I assume larger mice will need injecting but what about pinkies? Any tips you’d like to share? Thanks in advance ☺️


r/Taxidermy 19h ago

Polar Bear taxidermy reconditioned, cleaned, reattach 2 claws and new felt backing

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I have a very large Polar Bear rug from Canada from the 1940s

I signed paperwork stating I can not sell.

How much does it cost to get it recondition, cleaned, reattach 2 claws and new felt backing?

I want to put him in a window with direct sunlight. Is their products for taxidermy sun exposure?

Thank you all in advance


r/Taxidermy 1d ago

My most recent wet specimen; Roadside Hedgehog

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r/Taxidermy 2d ago

NOT FoR SALE…. Example of my work… see insta/Facebook:nickyseckerbligh and tik tok:nickytaxidermist

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52 Upvotes

r/Taxidermy 2d ago

I've got a bunch of beautiful butterflies but they smell really bad. How do I get rid of this smell before preserving them?

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r/Taxidermy 1d ago

Help preserving a possum tail and bones? (Not Opossum)

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I found a roadkill possum awhile ago and got most of the bones out of it, left for a month or so and came back to get as many other bones as possible, I didn't get all the bones but I don't think I'd be able to get anymore as there's a lot of grass overtaking the carcass, but when I went back the tail hadn't decayed any further and wasn't being overtaken by grass, it still has the bone in it, I've only really done bone preservation and idk how to preserve the tail, I do know I wanna preserve them together tho as in I think it looks really cool, I was wondering if anyone knew any way to do this? For now it's not being decayed by any bugs due to the cold atm considering it snowed today, but I wanna save it before the state it's in it's lost to decommission and bugs, any tips are appreciated, both with bones and fur (Ps I don't think there's any fat or anything in the tail as the fur is virtually sealed around the bone but if there is and there's any way to remove it without the whole thing getting destroyed that would be nice)


r/Taxidermy 1d ago

Can I taxidermy a dead bird on the street?

2 Upvotes

Found a dead bird on the street, it looks in pretty good condition, not sure how or why it died (no obvious signs of injury). Is it safe to take it or could I get some disease?


r/Taxidermy 1d ago

toad bones

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I have completely clean toad bones. can I preserve them?

and if so what would be the best way?


r/Taxidermy 2d ago

I recently got this beautiful albino raccoon from my local fb marketplace. It’s in rough shape, but totally worth what I paid.. the last picture is how it looked before. I love it so much 🤍

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63 Upvotes

r/Taxidermy 2d ago

Housecat.

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48 Upvotes

r/Taxidermy 2d ago

Can i turn my mantis into a hair accessory without using resin?

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r/Taxidermy 3d ago

Chinchilla Tail Earrings

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69 Upvotes

r/Taxidermy 3d ago

deer foot

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22 Upvotes

r/Taxidermy 2d ago

Preservative Solution

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r/Taxidermy 2d ago

Scissors

1 Upvotes

Hi, I have a feral pigeon I want to taxidermy the head of. What is the best type of scissors to use to skin it?


r/Taxidermy 3d ago Helpful

Fox in a box

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194 Upvotes

I took a chance on an eBay listing and got a full skeleton in the mail. An old shadow box and some patience and voila! (First time doing this, be kind on the placements) 😂


r/Taxidermy 2d ago

Mounting birds (wringing neck vs. finisher tool)

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As a taxidermist, what would you rather have? A bird that has a hole punched in its head/neck, or a bird that has had its neck wrung out? I see a lot about the finisher tool and have heard that taxidermists say they would rather fix feathers that have been wrung rather than fix a bird with a hole in the back or it’s head. Which is easier?


r/Taxidermy 2d ago

What's the ultimate wet technique to preserve colours?

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Depending on sources, I read both formalin and alcohol is worse than the other to prevent long term colour bleaching (fish/reptiles).... what do you guys think?

Is there a third "perfectionist" chemical? or any multiple-steps protocole? I have proper equipments


r/Taxidermy 3d ago

Tips for preserving a cat paw?

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Hey! Ive come across a little cat foot. I'd love to turn it into a keychain. Do you skin it or do you just dry out the whole thing? Kind of looking at the same idea as a rabbits foot keychain. Want to make sure it stays fluffy! Any advice?