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Long time no see~! [Jan. 3rd, 2013|01:01 am]



I hope y'all are doing well :D It's been a while since I've posted or looked around here; sadly LJ seems to be kind of fading these days. Glad to see people are still posting and active on this comm though!

I just wanted to ask you guys, at least those of you who have a collection of fur/hide scraps -- how do you display them?? I'm starting to amass quite the collection of them, and I feel bad just storing them in bags...

Just so my question isn't the entirety of my post, here's a few photos of my updated collection --

[Down below]

I got the grouse hen (vintage mount) for a good price at Woolly Mammoths' when I visited Chicago! Lovely people :D I also acquired the 1950s butterfly specimens in a swap with a friend.

I got a few new skulls -- an American badger, fisher, marten, and striped skunk (in addition to river otter, wolverine, and mink) to pad my growing collection of mustelid skulls :D
Other skulls I got this past year include Chinese water deer, rock hyrax, hammerhead bat, aardwolf, and snapping turtle.

My friend (swap buddy!!) kindly got me a display case for the bugs he's sent me, along with a nice jar for a Javan spider he also sent. In addition to that, because of my trip to South Africa I've started becoming more interested in collecting African pieces -- there's an eland horn on there, along with springbok and impala horns (plus the rogue pronghorn horn)...I'm looking for a kudu horn as well :D on the trip I acquired a steenbok jawbone and some giraffe hairs...and I was very tempted to pick up every single bone and feather I found (we found a bunch of very impressive looking skulls out there, ranging from wildebeest to a trophy-sized kudu to warthog!!!)

I also acquired a few Victorian-era study skins (forgot to take photos -- whoops); a starling and a bunting.

A big year for collecting for me, haha. I hope I get as lucky this year :D

[User Picture]From: gingervere
2013-01-03 06:07 am (UTC)
Yaaaaay! Obviously I can't help as I have no fur scraps yet, but your collection is looking soooo awesome. When can I come over and meet the new grouse?? I want to draw her. XD
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[User Picture]From: apis_cerana
2013-01-03 04:31 pm (UTC)
COME OVER ANYTIME :D She's rather well preserved for being so old...I'm happy to have her <3
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[User Picture]From: rabies
2013-01-03 06:45 am (UTC)
I lay the fur out in my glass case so that I can see it, get to it easy, and it's out of reach of the cats.

Collection is looking good!
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[User Picture]From: nightpaws
2013-01-03 08:56 am (UTC)
I don't have dogs or cats to worry about, and the bunny tends to either stay clear of the fur or snuggle with it, so I can keep most of it out.

During the cold snaps I toss a wolf or two, or a few coyotes across the bed for added warmth rather than another blanket. I have a wolf and a coyote across the back of my couch, some others I have draped in the spare room. I don't have the space I want, so I admit I rotate them from time to time since I have to keep some boxed. I'm lucky that it is so dry up here, so I don't have to worry about rotting and stuff like that, a little oil every so often keeps them supple and hydrated too.

Smaller pieces I keep out or hung up on display in my room. They look neat and give it a nice feel.

I miss my old place- I had this massive railing, as it was an attic apartment you headed up stairs to enter, so I had a bunch of different pelts draped in awesomely visible areas. I want something else similar eventually. It's really a shame I had to move. There were also awesome little places to add in shelves to create little nooks for skull and bone spots.
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[User Picture]From: nightpaws
2013-01-03 08:58 am (UTC)
Oops- I forgot, I have a pile living under my couch. They are the ongoing project scraps for sewing. I have a cool pillow planned out for when I have a little time to piece it together.
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[User Picture]From: araneus
2013-01-03 02:21 pm (UTC)
So jealous of your collection!! I just found a local oddities shop, so I'm hoping to continue growing my own!

Sadly, my scraps are also stored in bags to keep them away from the kittens, but I have plans to make an epic scrapbook some day with fur samples and pictures of all the critters they came from. Some day... LOL.
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[User Picture]From: drumlogic
2013-01-03 03:44 pm (UTC)
I always love your collection posts!! You always get such nice specimens!!! Thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: bazjra
2013-01-03 03:47 pm (UTC)
Fantastic collection! I love the shelves you've got - more than a slight nudge that I ought to get my stuff displayed neatly.

What's the skull left of the opossum? And how are you hanging the skulls? Are they threaded from the zygomatic arches?
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[User Picture]From: apis_cerana
2013-01-03 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Ah, I forgot to mention that one xD one of my new favorites! A nine-banded armadillo.
And yes -- the skulls are hanging mostly by the zygomatic arches (using strong hanging wire) and the heaviest skulls have extra reinforcements in the back as well.
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[User Picture]From: drumlogic
2013-01-03 03:51 pm (UTC)
I just thought of something. I have seen old leather bound books that were made to display different types of wood. I bet you could use wood and leather to make inset type books that cover different regions and the fur you find in them. That would be awesome!
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[User Picture]From: apis_cerana
2013-01-03 04:28 pm (UTC)
That would be REALLY AWESOME. Quite the project, though it would be amazing :D
Gonna start doing some research right now. Lol. Do you have any links to the books with different types of wood? I've never heard of that :O
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[User Picture]From: drumlogic
2013-01-03 04:42 pm (UTC)
I am at work with just my phone but I will see if I can fin it when I get back home.
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[User Picture]From: apis_cerana
2013-01-03 06:46 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thank you!!! :D
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[User Picture]From: drumlogic
2013-01-03 09:34 pm (UTC)
here are the books I was thinking about.


there is also a cool idea on this page where they did a series of books on shrubs and plants and used the wood to make the books.


all those ideas being thrown out there I actually thought of a way for you to make your own books while I was at lunch. I did some really rough quick drawings of the concept on a napkin! I will post links to the pictures so you can get an idea. If the photos don't make sense I will redraw them for you with better detail! lol basically you take a wood frame and dado(make a groove) in the middle of all for sides(if you want a page in between each section you could just make a small box instead of making the groove in the middle. Hence every other page would be a solid surface instead of two pockets. You use a piece of like 3/16 plywood to make your inserts to keep down on the weight. then you take each section or page and fasten them to the next page by using a continuous piano hinge. You might have to sheer the metal on the flange of the henge and drill new holes so you can half lap each hinge on the wood frames. after you put them all together you can them paint or line the wooden pieces with whatever material you want then start inserting your pieces of fur. Then finally you can wrap the whole book in leather and do some nice inlay in the leather and even title each book. It would be cool to do it by species or location or something. Any way here are two really really crude drawing of the mechanics of the pages. if you need me to do some actual detail drawings later tonight i can.



I hope this helps

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[User Picture]From: drumlogic
2013-01-03 09:36 pm (UTC)
sorry for the bad grammar and spelling I was typing really fast and trying to do it all on my phone
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[User Picture]From: apis_cerana
2013-01-03 09:56 pm (UTC)
It's not a problem :D THANK YOU for the photos/links to the books (amazing!) and for the sketches -- that's a great idea.
I am not sure if I am nearly crafty enough to execute this, though o.o the end result would be incredible but I'm scared I'd mess it up somehow!!

I was thinking about perhaps doing something like this:

I can at least make the inner wooden portion and create a set of cards that look sort of like the wood samples in the first link you posted c:
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[User Picture]From: drumlogic
2013-01-03 10:02 pm (UTC)
I think that would be a great idea! the only down side to it would be that you are talking a lot of books depending on how many scraps you have! lol but how cool would it be to have a whole bookshelf full of those? too bad you weren't closer. I think it would be a fun project to do and I have a shop with all the wood tools in it. If you could find a bookbinder that did leather books that wanted to be a part that would be a really cool project!
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[User Picture]From: apis_cerana
2013-01-03 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah :D It's too bad~ that would be a fun project to tackle! Plus I can definitely learn more in terms of woodworking (I can only tackle very basic projects...)
Maybe I can make the "book" relatively thick -- I have a lot of scraps but they are all relatively small. :)
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[User Picture]From: drumlogic
2013-01-03 10:03 pm (UTC)
look above, i posted links to the books I was talking about.
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[User Picture]From: psycho_gryph
2013-01-04 09:33 pm (UTC)
This is such an awesome idea. I may have to try this myself!
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[User Picture]From: lupagreenwolf
2013-01-03 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm in the process of entirely redoing our apartment, but once it's done I'd like to have a cabinet for smaller things, and have my pelts and such arranged around that, depending on how much room there is (it's a small apartment).
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