the collector : part 13 revisited : teeth! - The Dainty Squid

the collector : part 13 revisited : teeth!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

While I know this is something that certainly won't appeal to everyone I have had a few request for me to talk about this collection. I'd be lying if I said I haven't been itching for a very long time to blog about it either. I've slowly been trying to sneak all my interests into this blog because I don't want it to just be the cutesy things in my life. I have a lot of other interests that aren't just cats, nail art and cute outfits. The relief I felt after posting my first reading recap of the year was incredible, I revealed what I liked to read and stopped feeling awkward that I love reading some strange things. More recently I've been gushing about my love of cemeteries. (Did you know I was actually nervous to blog about the girl in blue?) I really stress about silly stuff like that too much! Anyway, as if it were any surprise - I collect teeth!
I've always thought teeth were neat, because I mean c'mon, the whole human body is amazing. But I started my collection sometime around April of 2011. It was my first estate sale, a few blocks away from my house. I bought a cup, some necklaces and a spice rack in the house (I have an amazing memory when it comes to thrifty finds, seriously, I can probably tell you the exact place I've found nearly everything I own and some other silly little fact about the day as well like what I was wearing or the weather) Afterwards I went out into the garage and found them - a pair of dentures. (you can see them here) The "these are awesome" factor over ruled my "wow, that's gross" reaction and I had to have them. 50 cents later they were mine.

After I got home I spent a good deal of time looking around on ebay for more dentures. I knew I had to have a collection of dentures. I came to find out there's actually a market for used dentures (I'll be the first to admit that's kind of gross!) so my collection wouldn't be able to grow as quickly as I hoped. But I did realize there was a whole world of awesome dental stuff out there. Models of teeth, tooth shaped things, really just anything tooth related - I dig it.

Since then I've lucked out a few times and won some great auctions on ebay, found some awesome stuff on etsy, and even had some really awesome people send me teeth things in the mail...
I also have some real teeth, human and animal. When I got my wisdom teeth pulled along with a few more to make room for my teeth to move with my braces I made sure to go to a dentist who would let me bring them home. (Ugh, that was kind of an ordeal. Apparently some dentists think teeth are a bio hazard) Any animal skulls I find in the woods that aren't complete I bring home to collect the teeth (in the second photo those two jars are all animal teeth I've found.)

I also have a nice little collection of tooth jewelry! Brooches, rings and even a couple necklaces. All of the rings I've made myself with ring bases found on etsy and ceramic teeth I found on ebay. The bottom necklace was handmade by Extollo Jewelry (it's my favorite!) and the other can be found here.
I have a few shade guides. The one in focus below is one of my favorites. Mostly because it has the most extreme variation in colors.
Finally I have some old dental slides. I found these on etsy (the seller still has more, you can find them here) and had to have them. They really don't get the love they deserve. As you can see from the first photo they all just sit in a stack with some teeth on top. But I do enjoy spreading them out on the windowsill from time to time and seeing whats on them.
And that's my tooth collection! Possibly kind of creepy but it's one of my favorites so please try to be kind with your comments.
xoxo

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  1. this is really interesting! Teeth aren't really my thing, but I do have a gross interest in disfiguring skin diseases. Can't really collect that lol.

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  2. I have a weird interest in teeth, too- glad I'm not alone!

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  3. such a great collection! there's a baby dee song which i love which has the lyrics 'teeth are the only bones that show'

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  4. This collection is just amazing. You're right, the whole human body is amazing :).

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  5. This kind of stuff fascinates me...but I have a weird mental fear/anxiety(?)thing with teeth. I blame it on my mother and her obsession with them. lol. But I love your jar of animal teeth! Super neat!

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  6. What? No wind-up clacking teeth? I don't think there's anything wrong with what you're collecting. I kept my wisdom teeth (I only had 3.) If I can find them, do you want them?

    Laura
    lola_318@yahoo.ca

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    1. Yeah, that is kind of strange I don't have any wind-up teeth! Guess I'll have to get some.

      And oh my goodness, YES! I'd be so so so happy to add them to my collection!
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    2. I'll ask my mom to look for them in my old room and bring them when we meet for Christmas. I'll get your address once I know she hasn't thrown them out or anything.

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  7. I love your tooth collection-you have some seriously awesome stuff there! I love the dental slides! Although I haven't gotten any yet-I really want to start collecting animal bones. Have you ever seen the show Oddities? Ryan from the first season articulated animal skeletons and I've been wanting to learn how to do that. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this collection :) :) :)

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    1. Articulating skeletons is so neat, it's definitely something I'm looking to learn how to do some day too!

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  8. Haha I love your blog, but when I sit down with a sandwich during lunch break and then see those teeth, I really don't want to keep eating :D Still, a great hobby. I just can't eat when I see them. I can't even explain why, cause I have some nice teeth right there in my mouth with the food. Aaah!

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  9. I have found your blog because of the "girl in blue", and now it's one of my favourite blogs!
    Teeths are really kind of creepy, but I think your collection is awesome. I specially love the jars full of teeth!

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    1. Oh neat! It's always interesting to learn when/how people found my blog. Thanks so much! :)

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  10. What a neat collection! I've always been interested in teeth but never really thought there was much for me to do about that.
    Gross = awesome! :D

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  11. I'm so jealous of this collection! I can definitely see the allure of teeth related things. They're one of the most used part of our bodies and smiles have everything to do with personality. Also, they're easier to preserve than other body parts or body related things. And they're neat looking!

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  12. I love the teeth collection! Your interest in nature/life science was what initially attracted me to your blog. The rest has just been bonus! :)

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  13. kinda gross but kind of awesome. you're such a neat person! :)

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  14. Since I was a kid I have had dreams about my teeth falling out and being loose. Like opening my mouth to speak and can't even tell anyone because all of my teeth are so loose! It's very freaky and I absolutely hate it, although I don't wake up in tears anymore haha. Anyway, I think it's awesome that you have so many interests (no matter what they are.) and it's good that you are true to yourself and to others, even having so many people reading your stuff every day! Keep being awesome <3

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    1. Ah! That sounds horrible! I started having dreams about my teeth falling out after I got some pulled last year. It freaked me out how easy it was for the dentist to pull them out so now I feel like they're always loose. Eeep!

      Thank you so much for the kind words! <3

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  15. Please don't be nervous about posting stuff like this! I love strange collections of things that aren't usual (like post stamps or postcards), this is so unique.

    And hey, i love to make photos of the occasional finds of fungus on my food in the fridge, and i'm proud of it, haha!

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouraging words!

      That's actually pretty darn awesome! You should share the photos on your blog.
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  16. Not really my thing either - having grown up at the orthodontist, and had all kinds of painful procedures I have a bit of an aversion! But your collection has made even me see teeth a little differently - the ones on the rings are particularly beautiful, like little milky jewels! So, thanks! And keep collecting!

    Amy

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  17. This is awesome! You really have expanded your collection :) I sometimes see teeth-related items in shops, like pencils with teeth as an eraser, or teeth pins, and I have seriously contemplated taking some home and sending them to you.
    But living 5000 miles away kind of held me back :')
    xo,
    wink

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    1. The mail man doesn't care that you're 5000 miles away! Hehe! ;)

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  18. I like you even more because of this post. I am mad about anything anatomy related and teeth are very special from that point of view. I can only say I envy you for this beautiful collection :)

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  19. Have you seen THESE? http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2012/10/17/shoes-with-teeth/

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    1. Sure have, but honestly, I can't stand the idea of ruining all those pretty teeth! Buuut if they're just for display than those shoes are pretty darn awesome! :)

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  20. I'm so glad you posted all of this! Everyone has those weird off colour interests that they're afraid will make them look super creepy. I used to read a LOT (a lot) about serial killers, to the point where I had like... "favourite" ones (not like I enjoy what they did or anything, but there were some that are just so twisted, and I find it super interesting that the brain can allow justification for some horrific acts). You're hardly alone, and the rest of us just have to keep quiet about these things around our coworkers. Or they'll think we're total psychonauts. Haha

    --Erin
    Predictions for the Past

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    1. Erin, I think we're supposed to be friends! Seriously!

      I LOVE reading about serial killers!

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    2. If you say next you are also fascinated by feral children, it's totally on. Hahaha I like some weird stuff!!
      Any serial killers stand out for you? David Berkowitz AKA Son of Sam always really intrigued me. A combination of seeing his chicken scratch threats mailed to police, and the fact that he's now a born again christian. Totally mind blowing! Oh and I guess the part where a dog told him to kill people is also a little strange...

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  21. It's quirky and admittedly, not for me, but I kind of love it! All those dentures sitting on that shelf look like they're smiling at me. :)

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  22. I love this collection! And not gross at all, at least not to me. Funny that you say that about keeping your wisdom teeth - my mom wanted to keep her gallbladder and they wouldn't let her. I think that's ridiculous, I mean, YOU MADE IT, IT'S YOURS. I love anything with a vintage-medical-anatomy vibe, the weirder people think it is, the more I usually like it :)

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    1. Oh man, I'd be so mad if doctors ever took anything out of me and I couldn't keep it! That'd be so cool if she got to keep her gallbladder.

      ....I just might have kept Professor Stingray's testicles when we got him neutered. My vet was like "...Oh, well that's a first. But yeah, you can definitely keep them." Haha!

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  23. I would like to know more about you (: Those different things about you, is what makes you so interesting, and actually different from what i've imagined and knew till now eheh ^^ And you shouldnt feel ashamed/afraid about other's reaction.. Cause that doesn't really matter, does it? (:

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    1. Helena, thank you so much for the kind comment! That reason is exactly why I'm finally opening up, there's no need for me to hide.
      :)

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  24. I love your unique collection!! Have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor? It's an AMAZING book but the main character collects teeth (for a very good reason). Seeing your jar full of them, I couldn't help but think of her.

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    1. Nope, but I'll definitely look it up now. You've sparked my interest! :)

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  25. Awesome! I enjoyed looking at your teeth collection photos. I too think "stuff", like that is pretty interesting. Keep blogging about the so-called weird stuff please..( oh and cats and outfits and fungus..please)
    Tiffany

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  26. Okay this is AWESOME! I love your teethy collection. It's fun and quirky and so you :) I especially LOVE that necklace. WOW what fun and thanks for sharing!

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  27. I write educational videos for a local trades college and one of my current projects is prosthodontic assessment. To prepare we watched the How It's Made: False Teeth episode and I have to admit, it's fascinating! I had no idea what went into making false teeth! I can totally understand the fascination with them.

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    1. Wait! There's a How It's Made episode about false teeth!? Oh my gosh, I've got to watch that immediately!

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  28. you're too cute! how brave to talk about your strange teeth collection :) It's not my thing either, but I do understand your fascination.

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  29. You are awesome. That is all. Also, why didn't you become a dentist or dental assistant?

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    1. Because I think being self employed and working from home is way more fun!
      ;)

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  30. Weird things are the best things! Your tooth collection is very interesting. When I told my family I started collecting bones and wet specimens they made a face >.> they'd better avoid my house then haha!

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    1. Neat, what sort of wet specimens do you have?! I've been wanting a two headed piglet for some time now!

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  31. Wow, that is an obsessive and extensive collection. It is the stuff of my nightmares, though. I am always waking up in a state of fear that I have lost all of my teeth in some freakish accident.

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  32. I love your collection! That one necklace you got off Etsy is absolutely magnificent! & I love your jar of teeth. Teeth in general just have a really nice organic shape lol

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  33. THIS! IS! THE COOLEST! COLLECTION! EVER! I am bowled over. I hadn't even thought about teeth as a collectors item, but man, how neat do they look all neatly enameled and lined up on a shelf! Totally spooky, but also totally fascinating. Ebay, here I come.

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  34. This was great! It's your blog and you really shouldn't be afraid to post all of your "weird" things! This post really showed how interested and invested you are in this hobby, and i think that's amazing!

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  35. I'm severely frightened of anything related to the dentist so this isn't my thing...that being said though, I really enjoyed reading this because it's always great to see someone being so passionate about things. Especially something that isn't "the norm" (whatever that is). People shouldn't be afraid to speak about things they love, but unfortunately that's just the way the world works. It's not as if it's harming anyone ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing <3

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    1. Immie, thank you so much for being so respectful even though it's not your thing. I sincerely appreciate your comment. :)

      (Also, that comment did sound kind of cheesy, but I really meant it!)

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  36. I love your collection so much! If I was actually a collector type myself I would start one aswell... teeth are very aesthetically pleasing! (In people's mouths and outside of them!)
    You blogged about my things from the blog the Burning House once (that is how I found my way here) and I did have a tooth model in there that I would save if my house was to burn. My parents gave it to me for christmas as they know I love teeth.

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  37. I had noticed you wearing the teeth pins in some of your posts. Wondered if you collected teeth things. Now I have my answer! What a neat thing to be fascinated by. Love the necklace by the way, it's way rad! (the one that's your fave)

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  38. I find your teeth collection extremely fascinating. Honestly, I love anything morbid and grotesque, that when I see someone who has the same interest as me...I get extremely giddy!

    So don't be shy to display cemeteries and teeth collections, I'm sure LOTS of people love it just as much as you and I do.

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    1. Wahoo, glad to know there's more of us out there! :D

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  39. This is a great collection! I love the variety of items that make it up. Very interesting!

    And I say bravo for sharing something that may be less popular on your blog. That's the sort of thing I love about reading here: you show many facets of yourself, not just the ones that appeal to everyone. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Teeth are pretty fascinating. I still have my wisdom tooth that was pulled from last autumn hanging around my craft table that I want to do something creative with. And if that sounds creepy to some, so be it!

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  41. Creepy yeah, but still kind of cool! That handmade necklace is quite beautiful in fact.

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  42. This was awesome!! There's a store here in Chicago called Architectual Artifacts that you're going to need to stop by when you visit the city again. They have a whole tray of human teeth at $2 (last time I made a purchase). You'll die. Seriously. I'm so pleased to know you're into collecting teeth! I wish I could play with these in person.

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    1. Oooh! I'll definitely keep that in mind! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

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  43. I had a tooth necklace when I was little and it was my dads tooth. His friend was the dentist so it was pretty cool, I don't know what happened to it though. I thought I brought it with me when I moved back from the States to Turkey but nope. I think I left it behind and I'm really sorry about that. I really love your collection, if I get my wisdom teeth out I'm definitely keeping it. Maybe it will be the start of something :)

    http://chamomiledealer.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh neat! I have my dad's teeth too, they just stay in a special box though since I'm afraid of losing them!

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  44. Not creepy at all! This is very cool. If you're looking to incorporate more of your "edgy" side into the blog, I'd love to know more about your body mods! I personally have none, but I find them fascinating and I love tattoos. I've been following for a long time and you rarely mention yours!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I'm still unsure whether or not I'd like to share about my body modifications on the blog but I certainly am glad someone would be interested if I do decide to! :)

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  45. I really like the creep-out factor of this collection. It's really intrigued me. And I don't think it's gross at all :)

    Anna
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  46. Are you familiar with My Milk Toof? http://mymilktoof.blogspot.com/ I'm sure you've seen it before. I'm pretty indifferent about teeth (they don't gross me out, but I'm not collecting them either, haha), but I think My Milk Toof if one of the cutest blogs of all time.

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  47. Impressive collection! Your interests are so unique. Teeth. Mushrooms. It's really interesting to read about, even if it isn't exactly something I want to do myself.

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  48. I read your blog BECAUSE of your unique interests and personality. Never stop sharing this weird cool stuff!! :)

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  49. I'm so envious of your beautiful collection! Mine is much smaller and consists only of my wisdom and baby teeth, a small statue of an old dentist holding a tooth in a pair of pliers that he just pulled (my grandma was a dentist and gave me this! I think that's where the whole interest came from), a bracelet full of shark teeth, and a tooth tattoo on my shoulder. I love all of your models - especially the ones with braces! Reminds me of when I had to go to the orthodontist office a few years back. Kind of ironic that you post this because just yesterday my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told her I wanted the tooth necklace from Extollo! Haha, I'm glad there's someone who shares my love for teeth! Here's a to growing collections!

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    1. Hey, every collection has to start somewhere! :D

      Also, wahoo to another member of the tooth tattoo club. I don't know how I forgot to mention in the post I've got teeth tattooed on my legs. :)

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  50. omg this is so weird and crazy that i love it!, girl you are an inspiration, wish i could collect something, even little simple things, i never had a collection in my life :/

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  51. I love your collection! My favorite are the animal teeth, but I was wondering if you do anything to the pieces you find in the wild? I'm asking because I once found a whole frog but passed it up because I didn't know how I would clean it or keep it intact. Do you have any tips?

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    1. I have never had any luck with frog bones (they're so fragile!) but everything else I get all the remaining flesh off of and then soak in peroxide.
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  52. I knew you loved teeth but I didn't realise you loved them THAT much! I guess it is a little creepy but, as somebody who has a bit of a fascination with all things creepy and weird, I think it's pretty cool too.

    I love the tooth jewellery!

    Becky
    xx

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  53. I love that you're opening up to things that you feel weird about sharing. I say let it all hang out, but I understand holding back. I totally see the fascination with teeth. When I got braces I became very interested in teeth and braces and all the creative ways my orthodontist had me use rubber bands and such to get my teeth to move a certain way. When he said "we are going to be really creative so we don't have to do surgery" I was sold!

    One of the times I went into his office, he had two GIANT bears sitting in the waiting room with dentures in their mouths, smiling so big, I wish I still had the picture I took with my phone I had at the time because it was hilarious, you would have loved it.

    I have my wisdom teeth somewhere...I should dig em out and find something neat to do with them :D

    xomando

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  54. I don't think teeth collecting is odd at all! But I may be a little biased due to the fact that I have a slight teeth collecting obsession myself!
    I found a multitude of cool teeth related items on etsy and I made a treasury, I'll post the link below in case you want to take a gander!

    http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjA1MjE5ODd8MjcyMzY2ODcxNg/a-toothy-treasury?ref=pr_treasury

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    1. The best part of that treasury was that almost all of the items were already in my favorites. Hehe! I'm always scoping out dental items on etsy. :D

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  55. You shouldn’t be nervous to show off this amazing collection! I’m fascinated by the variation of teeth sizes and colors! You have a wonderful collection! :D

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  56. I LOVE your collection! Teeth are so interesting to me (so interesting in fact that I'm considering becoming a dentist). What a fabulous collection!

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  57. I have waited so long for this post- I've always wanted to see your tooth collection! I think it's so cool that you collect teethy items! I collect x-rays and some other strange stuff so it's nice to know there are others that feel nerdy about their collections too.

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    1. Ah!! X-ray collection!? SO AWESOME! Ugh, I wish I could find some! I was so happy when my dentist had me take my x-rays to the orthodontist because it gave me a chance to scan them. I wish I could have kept them.

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  58. I love that you have multiple collections. I think collecting is so much fun :) Your teeth collection is neat. I still have the mold of my teeth from when I got my braces on.

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  59. From age 12-15 I had braces (and then a retainer afterwards), and was always fascinated by orthodontics. I liked having braces (except right after they got tightened -- owwww), and liked the remove-ability of a retainer. Don't know why, I just did. I thought the whole thing was neat. I also liked keeping my teeth/braces clean and sparkly with one of those little "in-between" toothbrushes. I had braces during the mid-late 1980s, and they looked like the ones you have, but (lol) I was also fascinated with the heavier "metal mouth" ones like the ones some of the kids on the Brady Bunch had.

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  60. Have you ever seen a show called "oddities"? it's on netflix right now, and its just a reality show showcasing an antique shop that specializes in weird science and history. They have had a couple episodes with tooth related things involved.

    I am a bone lover myself, and have a smal growing animal skull collection. I honestly cant tell you how nice it is to read a blog that isn't detatched, focused merely on what readers would be interested in. In fact, I feel a little more alive and connected when I read a post in which someone really shares a piece of themselves. Please keep it up :)

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    1. Neat, what kind of skulls do you have? I have a few skulls myself but I'm waiting til the collection gets a little larger before I blog about it.

      I'm so glad you like this kind of post! That makes me so excited to get such an great response about something I feel so passionate about! :D

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    2. I have mainly cat skulls (my husband works in crawl spaces, so he finds lots of animals that died naturally and brings his findings to me!) I also have a coyote and some deer.

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  61. Man, you are a hard core collector! I haven't really collected anything since I was a kid, except scarves and some records and I guess some prints. Reading your posts about your collections made me a) remember that I use to collect and made me all nostalgic! and b) has totally inspired me to want to collect something! Especially how you just go all out for it! I want to dive in to something too! I could just elaborate on a few that I have, but I want something fun to display! Any suggestions to get my ideas going??

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    1. Haha, I sure am! I love collecting things!

      Just start collecting the next thing that grabs your attention! Almost anything can be displayed and look really great. Just a collection in general is aesthetically pleasing to me, no matter what it's of!

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  62. Your collection is seriously so amazing. I can only imagine how much it will grow and become even MORE amazing! :P

    -Sarah
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  63. I've always been fascinated with teeth too, and I've kept all of my baby teeth. When I was little and got my tonsils out, I asked the surgeon if I could keep them in a jar. He told me no and then said I was the strangest 10 year old girl he had ever met, haha. I wanted to bring them into show and tell!

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    1. Haha! I wish I could have kept my tonsils as well! That would be so awesome!

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  64. I love this post!! I always get kind of angry/sad when you post a teeth related photo on insta, and someone always has to comment about how it is creepy or gross! I don't think it is at all, you obviously keep them very clean and a lot of them arent real anyways. Somehow, teeth are kind of cute to me. Maybe because they are small, and I generally think of small things as cute??

    i especially love the teeth rings you made! have you thought about making them to sell on etsy?

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    1. I know, it's such a bummer when people have to leave comments like that.

      Not really, I don't feel like they're my original creation since they're really just ceramic teeth nicely glued onto a premade ring band - but they are pretty darn neat!

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  65. I've recently caught the medical/animal oddities bug. My birthday and Christmas wishlist is (to a slightly embarrassing degree) packed to the gills with animal bones, old medical diagrams of different diseases, and Beauchene skulls (cue the chorus of "yeah right, Sarah, Beauchenes are ridiculously expensive"). I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous of this collection. It's fantastic! I'm glad you decided to share it.

    P.S. Have you ever seen a dental phantom? I'm a little bit (okay, more than a little bit) in love with this one from the 1930s: http://pinterest.com/pin/49398927134566515/

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    1. Haha, my wish lists are always similar!

      Yes, I want one SO bad! They're so neat!

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  66. Thanks for sharing this! I think this collection is absolutely fascinating! It is tough sometimes to open up about weird things we like, but then you find so many other people like weird things too!!

    I love reading about crazy, creepy medical conditions and serial killers!

    Also if you haven't read it, you need to read Edgar Allan Poe's short story "Berenice"--- http://www.eapoe.org/works/tales/bernicea.htm

    Katie- Hems For Her

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    1. Thanks Katie! That's definitely the best part of sharing! :)

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  67. My mom kept most of the baby teeth I lost in Elementary school! They're in little paper packets with the year and what grade I was in written on them :) They're pretty neat! I wish I had gotten to keep my wisdom teeth! I'm sure mine wouldn't have been in very good shape though; all four were badly impacted and the top two had roots in my sinus cavity! I always wished I could keep my x-rays too! They're just too cool!!

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    1. Aw, how cute!!

      My wisdom teeth were impacted too! The dentist had to break two of them to get them out. But since I was getting four other teeth pulled at the same time I wasn't too upset about not getting to keep them. Coming home with six teeth is better than none! :)

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  68. I had a hunch this was the collection you were hinting at awhile back ; ] I love it! I especially love how you've displayed everything. You really have an eye for it.

    Also, I don't really know anything about slides and what damages them and what doesn't, but have you ever considered making something with the slides? I know there's a DIY slides lamp shade floating around out there. But you could also make some garlands to hang in the window, or maybe some "curtains" or something? (I hate when awesome things of mine are tucked away, so I know how you feel.)

    P.S.--The only tooth I have is one of my little old lady dog's that fell out awhile back (so small!) ; ]

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    1. Yep, and I had that lamp shade in mind too but I'm just nervous about ruining them! Also curtains would be really awesome too! Thats a great idea. :)

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  69. This is so weird, but I love it! haha.

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  70. I love this collection! It's probably my favourite of all of yours. I'm going to have to keep my peepers open for animal teeth along my travels.

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  71. That is an awesome collection!
    I had some sheep teeth as a kid and used to play with them... never thought there was anything weird about it, they're quite abundant when you have sheep farmers in the family.

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  72. So awsome to find another tooth lover out there! I'm a bio student, so I have a gross fascination with bones and teeth and such things (I even have a small collection of eye lenses. Not the glasses kind, the kind in your eyes) My mum thinks it's absolutely disgusting, but living bodies are so amazing! I recently made a purchase on a cat skull and my mum was like, "How could you sit and look at a cat skull everyday? You have cats! That'd just make me sad" I guess some people just don't understand why bones are so amazing.

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  73. Sooo this is probably weird to say... But I have an old mould of my teeth (made of like plaster of paris, or something similar?) if you want them? I am keeping my wisdom teeth because a) don't think they'd let me send teeth internationally (in Australia) and b) I kinda like them :P

    Let me know if you are interested. Also, if this is important to know, my teeth are not 'perfect'. I have a gap between my front two teeth. Pic for reference http://imgur.com/StHGX

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    1. YES, YES, YES please! That would be so awesome! :)

      I love your gap! I love distinctive little things like that, they're so special.

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  74. This is so cool and interesting! I love the shade guides! The gradient from white to black is cool! I also really love your slides! How cool would it be if you were able to get images of your own teeth!? You could blow them up and frame to hang (the bathroom seems like the go-to room, but anywhere would be cool). It would be an awesome conversation starter! Thanks for sharing!

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  75. Girl in blue is one of my favourite posts ! This collection is very inspiring! It reminds me I really want to have bracers again, I quite miss those days. :)
    I can't wait to see more true to self, no-fear-to-post-posts. :P

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  76. I work in a dental office and about 25% of the time people ask to take their teeth home and we have to say no. Apparently it's a new rule and has to do with infectious disease. Ie: If someone has a blood borne contagious disease and uses the extracted tooth as a bio-weapon our office is partially responsible. It's a really silly rule. Teeth, are, are super disgusting before they're sterilized because of the living tissues. I wish we would sterilize them and mail them out but I guess it's seen as a hassle so they just go into the biohazard box :(

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  77. Your collection is awesome! Love it!

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  78. I am so jealous that you got to take your teeth home! My surgeon originally said I could (I should add here that, yes, it took surgery to get those guys out), but one of his assistants threw them away before I woke up! So sad. This is an awesome collection :)

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    1. Oh my goodness, I would have been outraged!

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  79. I absolutely love your teeth collection! Also, you definitely need this teacup:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/106046237/teeth-tea-cup?ref=hp_tt_yt

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  80. I LOVE your teeth collection! It's fascinating! I have a mini tooth collection myself. When I was little, I saved all my baby teeth in a tiny little box instead of giving it to the "tooth fairy". I also saved my four adult teeth I had pulled by the dentist in order to get braces. Those were my favorite because they have really deep roots!

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  81. I collect creepy dolls...like REALLY creepy cracked, matted hair, missing eyes and disfigured. The guys at the flea market know me for it ;) My boyfriend makes me put them in a closet :'( I'm getting new shelving for my craft room soon so I can put them all on display.

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    1. That's awesome! When you put them on display make sure to share a picture, I'd love to see!

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  82. It's a really cool collection! I hope you don't get nervous about it anymore 'cause it's absolutely fascinating. The only thing that I don't like about teeth are when people wiggle them or pull them out. It just give me the heebie-jeebies.

    Have fun with more of your collections!!

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  83. this is a pretty neat collection! i work in a dental society office where we occasionally have and then get rid of molds and x-rays. if you're, next time we have some to get rid of, i can send them to you!

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    1. I would absolutely love that! Thank you so much!

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  84. I am loving all the new posts, I collect odd things myself, I have a fascination with cemeteries too. One thing I collect is memento mori, Victorian death photography. Definitely don't ever slip that into convos lol. I like the teeth

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    1. That's really neat! Do you have a large collection?

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  85. Your collection is AMAZING! It inspires me to find a new thing to collect! I am moving on my own for the first time ever and you can bet your bottom dollar my new place will be filled with neat little knick knacks! And cemeteries are the most wonderful places to visit ever! I live right across from an old cemetery that is the resting place for Irish Settlers! Mausoleums are my favorite though! The lighting in them are stellar and I love seeing all the gifts people leave behind for their lost loved ones.

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  86. Wow you have collected so much! I ran into a dentist that also tried
    telling me it was a "bio hazard" when I got one of my teeth pulled and asked to keep it. I
    was pretty bummed and annoyed. But then I went to a different place to get another pulled
    and they were fine with it. So I have a giant molar somewhere. What do
    you use to clean the real ones, if anything? Love reading about your
    collections. It definitely inspires me to have collections of my own.
    A few years back I started reading your blog and started my piggy bank
    collection. It's so nice to see someone have such passion and interest
    for certain things.

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    1. Animal teeth - I soak them in peroxide. It whitens them up a bit as well.
      Human teeth - I don't clean. When my dad had his teeth pulled they made him come back they next day to pick them up so they had time to autoclave them. Mine the dentist just rinsed for me so I never bothered with cleaning them because I like them just the way they are.


      That's so awesome that you started a collection after reading my blog. I'd love to see photos of your piggy bank collection! Those could definitely be really fun to collect, I'm always see neat ones!!
      :)

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  87. I love all of you collections! I also envy your ability to have so many collections... I live in a small apartment with my daughter and a roommate, so its hard to have a lot of stuff that's doesn't have a purpose! But I have my little clown collection on the top shelf of our bookcase! :)

    I love your posts about your collections!

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  88. I never thought I would say this, but your collection is beautiful!! Seriously, I love it :)

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  89. This is so fun! I'm not a collector and have a lot of teeth-related anxiety (seeing as how I've spent a FORTUNE for them to be straight and healthy!) but it's quite an amazing collection!

    I have a friend who's just about to finish dental school - I bet she'd get a kick out of seeing your collection. I'll have to show her this post :)

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  90. haha, this is gross and interesting at the same time XD I admit after reading your blog for quite some time now, along with playing Alice Madness Returns i actually developed a secret interest for teeth too, but it's a little sensitive to admit... >_>

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  91. I kinda get freaked out about teeth (I think it's related to my fear of dentists and cavities) but it's still cool that you have a collection that obviously means a lot to you.

    Some people might think this is kindof gross but when I gave birth to my daughter I really wanted to bring the placenta home with me. You wouldn't believe the hassle I went through to get it though. I actually had to go to the hospital labs and sign it out all packed up and stickered over with bio-hazard stickers. I always thought that was pretty stupid. It {placenta} came out right after my daughter and uh she isn't bio-hazardous! LOL.

    Anyways I have a serious love of cemeteries too that some of my friends find weird. I love learning about other people's quirks. :)

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  92. WONDERFUL! I love unusual collections like this. My friend collects anatomy dolls like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dnnya/3060612913/
    and has terrible trouble explaining it when she brings boys home for sleepovers. AHAHAHAHA

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  93. Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm fascinated by the things that other people collect, particularly if those collections are slightly left-of-centre. I have a box that I filled with all of my dog's milk teeth when she lost them. My boyfriend used to have a collection of his baby teeth, but they got lost when he moved house one time.

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  94. Super cool! Have you seen this Etsy shop? You might like it: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BoneLust?page=1 I follow her on Instagram, where she shares her process of cleaning, collecting bones and then turning them into art! (And she does jewelry with teeth, too.) Neat!

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  95. I just gave my wisdom teeth to my sister! She's a Kindergarten teacher and she said her kids would love them! Teeth are cool even when you're 5 :)

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  96. Amazing! :D You're weird and I like it :-) I always get reactions from people that I'm weird and I never like it. But when I see how you deal with being yourself, it makes me so happy!

    By the way, those braces are awesome! Wish I had mine as a reminder of those painful days :p

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  97. It's cool to be creepy! Remember that!

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  98. This is the first time I have stumbled accross your blog, and I can't stop reading! You definately shouldn't feel weird about the things that fascinate you - what's wrong with being different?! Anyways, I am not into teeth, actually I hate them b/c I have always had crooked ones! but I have braces now (at 27 years old!)and I think you would enjoy the rediculousness of my "before" moulds. If the orthdontist lets me keep them I will for sure send them your way - it's not like I want the reminder anyways!! Keep being different - it's great!!

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  99. This poster made me think of you!

    http://bantjes.tumblr.com/post/45063731704/o-beloved-dentist-c-marian-bantjes

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  100. hi, a friend sent me your link and i am envious of your collection! i too am a tooth collector, mainly human (people who know of my obsession will donate to the collection).
    i wear my husbands wisdom tooth around my neck (this is my version of a wedding ring).
    unfortunately, all i have left of my late dad is a crown that fell out before he left us, this is a treasure!
    thank you for sharing :)

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  101. I found your blog through Reddit's /r/femalefashionadvice and am SO STOKED on the tooth collection. I'm a dental lab technician and make dentures and tooth restorations for a living, and seeing this made me SO happy hehe.

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  102. My friends think I'm crazy because I would rather make jewelry out of my kid's baby teeth than impose the tooth fairy lie. After seeing your images I feel much more confident in my nontraditional decision!!

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  103. I just stumbled upon this on Etsy and thought of your collection:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/152974745/denture-hair-combspriced-per-pair

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