After 2 weeks i’m fucking done. Well, minus painting on details for the belt but the bulk of the work is done. I like getting the hardest shit out of the way first. Then i’m not bitching about it later/running out of time etc.
Those are legit deer bones that i pulled from a carcass and cleaned myself. The deer had been dead since january this year and most of it was decayed or gone. Still had some tissue remaining. It smellt HORRIBLE. I’m a full time janitor so i’ve smellt some shit (literally) but this was on a whole new level. Other than the odor, that smacked me in the face like the dirty whore i am, it was pretty easy to clean. Just took time and patience which i felt i was losing over the course of a week. Right when i thought it was clean, i found more crap or let’s talk about getting rid of bone marrow, shall we? It looked like sour cream and jello had a baby but the baby farted and it lingered. Seriously. I had to scrape this crap out of the bones and there were a few instances where i’d tap the bones on the ground outside after soaking them, that i’d hear this suction farting noise and plop. The marrow just chilling on the ground. I was horrified but also way too curious. None of this truly phased me, it was just more of the “Awwww that’s gross” but i kept doing it anyway. In the end, i actually enjoyed it. I learned a GREAT deal and appreciate taxidermy on a whole new level.
The belt is real leather as well, i know i should stamp it but i don’t have access to tools. I’ll ask a friend of mine if she has anything since apparently her mom has alot of tools that are needed for leather carving etc. Feel free to let me know what you guys think!