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cabinet of curiosities

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Back in December I shared a little bit about my tooth collection and since then I've been itching to share more about my other curiosities. Moving into my new office gave me a lots of extra space to display my collection, although I still am a bit short on space. Someday I'd like to have a library full of teeth, taxidermy, and things but for now I'm working with displaying my absolute favorite pieces of my collection on four small shelves. I love how it looks.
I don't even know where to begin with talking about this stuff. There's so much there and it'd probably be super hard to explain to most people why it all appeals to me so strongly. I've actually been holding onto these pictures for a few weeks because I was having trouble writing about it. I came to the conclusion I don't have to explain why or give anything else other than "here are these things I love and collect. They make me happy. Take a peek" and that's what I'm doing!

Because I know it will get asked - where do I get all this stuff? Everywhere! The dentures and tooth models have all come from estates sales, ebay, etsy, and sometimes really awesome people even send me them (thank you and yes, I'm always looking to add more to my collection! ;)) All the skulls I have collected and cleaned myself (all were found dead!) Cleaning skulls is one of my favorite hobbies.

I don't think I have a single collection that I feel is complete. I'm always looking for more globes, cuckoo clocks, brooches and of course, more teeth. I think the next step in this collection is taxidermy. Just smaller critters for now (not that I would resist something huge if the circumstances were right) but I definitely feel like that's what's missing from here. 
xoxo

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  1. I love this collection. It's so unusual, interesting and unique, a real eclectic mix of the most fascinating little items. It is a joy to look ^_^ Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I think it's so fascinating, and super impressed that you've cleaned all those skulls yourself!

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  3. I love it all! I would not like dusting around it all though. hehe! :)

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  4. Oh my, are they real conjoined duck twins? Or just a model?

    Will you please consider making a skull cleaning tutorial? It's a long story, but the garden in my parents' house is an animal cemetery. As a kid, I'd find teeth and jaws and make jewelry out of them, but I don't remember ever cleaning them first. Gross!

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    1. It's a real duck, but they weren't really born like that. ;)

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  5. So good! I love every single thing you have here, but that cat model is especially making me swoon. What a great collection!

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  6. I can't stop looking at the two-headed duck! It's awesome!

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  7. This is amazing! Do your cats every try bother your skulls? For some reason, one of my cats likes to try to chew my skulls and pull the hair out of the pelts I have!

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    1. No, I have some sort of weird angel cats who really don't bother any of my things!

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  8. I love your skull collection and the two headed duck!

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  9. Can you make a post about cleaning skulls?

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    1. I'm always going back and forth on this. I want to but I'm not quite sure it's appropriate for here. I'm not sure how to be thorough without being graphic. It's definitely something I'm considering it though for sure.

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    2. Would you consider making a post about it elsewhere? Instructables comes to mind? I'm very curious and am always finding animal remains (especially crow and kangaroo skulls) in some of the forests and national parks here. I think a lot of people would be really interested and it looks like you do a good job.!

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  10. Tell me more about the two headed baby duck! :D

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  11. wow! those skulls are so awesome! can't believe you found them all!

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  12. Woooow this is the most amazing collection I've ever seen, I feel like I should say "well done" or something?! :D

    http://daisychainsforever.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. You already know how much I love this. ;)

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  14. When you clean skulls, do you have to clean out the brain?! Bleehhh.. haha.


    Chloe
    www.bythelock.com

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    1. Haha! Yep, brain, eyeballs, all the good stuff. :P

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  15. You seem like an incredibly interesting person to hang out with.

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  16. What a strange collection! I like the cuckoo clocks and brooches a lot better, this one gives m a little case of the willies. :)

    http://star-stuff.net

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  17. I would love to hear the story about the duck!

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  18. I love your skull collection! I have a bone collection and the skulls are my favorite - I could examine them for hours!

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  19. Very intersting and crazy!! I love the animal skulls and the duck with two heads O_o

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  20. Ooohhh everything you have there is lovely!! I'm definitely with Bona Dea, I'd love to learn how to clean skulls. I've found plenty but I never take home because I have no idea how to make them look pretty...

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  21. What a wonderful collection! I got my first skull this past Christmas (a very beautiful fawn skull) and want to get many more. In the mean time, I will continue to watch Oddities and wish I had everything in their shop haha

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  22. So, did the taxidermist put two ducklings together or was that really a two-headed duck when alive?

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  23. Two-headed duck? Cat anatomical model? Amazing collection. I had wanted to get into skull cleaning as a child after reading a Ranger Rick (nature magazine for kids) article on it, but my parents were firmly against this particular hobby.

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  24. putting the teeth in a bottle is a good idea! I have a bunch of puppy teeth from when I worked at a dog daycare, and never knew what to do with them.

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  25. I love your teeth collection! I personally collect vintage fairy tale books. Do you ever watch Oddities on the Discovery channel? Seems right up your alley!

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  26. Ah, I love all of this. I found a cat skull in my backyard when we moved in and I did my best to clean and whiten it before gifting it to a friend (is that weird?) but it didn't clean up quite as nicely as yours, so I second that skull cleaning post comment. I'm also fascinated by teeth, and so is my daughter, apparently. She picked out a little box of shark teeth as a souvenir after our trip to the museum recently.

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  27. i don't want to sound creepy, but honestly i just want to come over and look at all your amazing things! your collections are so beautiful&fascinating! xx

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  28. It's weird but it's such a cool collection at the same time. I love skulls!

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  29. Have you ever shown the 2-headed duckling before? What is its story?

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  30. i was walking down Wilshire here in LA the other day and I noticed some huge dentures outside a dental office and all that came to mind was your awesome blog pictures *-*

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  31. I love how unique these collections are! I'll keep in mind whenever I see teeth I'll send em your way!

    http://mariedarling.blogspot.com/

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  32. I am in love with your collection! In my drawing class the current assignment is to draw three pictures of an animal skull at different angles and in different styles. We got to check out skulls from the library inside the university and I chose a black bear skull. There were also moose skulls and wolverine skulls and just about any Alaskan animal that I can think of!

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  33. This is such an interesting collection. I love the two headed duck! I find skulls and taxidermy really fascinating, especially the teeny tiny skulls xx

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  34. The teeth will be posted to you tomorrow. Sorry it has taken so long, things have not been going to plan recently. I can't explain how happy it makes me knowing they are going to a good home!

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  35. I am a first time commenter. I love your blog and your hobbies. Is it weird that I saw something on Etsy and thought of you immediately? Oh, well here it is anyway.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/125867409/moth-tooth-patch?ref=shop_home_active

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  36. absolutely adore this and everything you collect. I collect similar things, however my collections aren't nearly as impressive as yours! Thus, I do not share them on the internet. one day! <3

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  37. I love the way you expose pieces of glass from the sea!

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  38. you have such amazing collections, Kaylah! I love to read posts like this! :)
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  39. Wow! I love this! How you display it all is amazing :-) Love the catmodel and the duck!

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  40. I collect shed snake skins and my shed lizards' scales and people think I'm weird. I say - GO Kaylah! Your collection is awesome!

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  41. The two-headed baby chick, omgggggg. (diefromitbeingoverlycute)

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  42. Love your collection Kaylah. Thanks for sharing! Most girls aren't into this sort of thing, but I am! Joli

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  43. You collect the cutest stuff!! Your cuckoo clocks are AMAZING!! I wish I had started a collection for those when I had the chance! Oh well...One day, I'll be able to pick one thing to collect :)

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  44. Are those two-headed ducklings taxidermy?

    I'm really into taxidermy. I've actually started doing it myself- I've made a rat and a gerbil so far (I imaginatively named them Ratty and Gerby!)

    I'm a little wary of posting about it though as I know some people don't agree with it.

    Becky
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    1. Yep, it's a real duck!

      That's awesome! You should totally post about it, if it's what you're into! There will always be people who don't agree with something you're doing so you might as well share the things you love because you'll find people interested in the same things as you! :)

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    2. Maybe I will. I'll muster up the courage to do it!

      So jealous of your real two-headed duck!

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  45. Yup, love this post. I am absolutely fascinated by taxidermy.

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  46. Love it. Also, it's very surreal to look over these photos and trying to see if I can pick my grandmother's teeth out of the bunch!! :)

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  47. You should check out Painted Lady Trashions on Facebook. She sells her things at a neat little market down the road from me and she carries all sorts of stuff that you would love! I'm not sure if she sells online but she posts a lot of her stuff if you ever wanted to road trip up near Detroit! I've purchased a few things from her and she's wonderful!

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  48. It's funny how you make things like this look pretty on your pic's. I really like your style!

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  49. I would also really enjoy reading how you clean skulls if you ever post it somewhere! I'm going to try cleaning my own soon so I'm sure you have lots of tips. <3

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  50. I actually have a tooth tattoo on my arm. I love it. Have you seen these little guys? I saw them and I thought about you : http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/inhae-lee-new-book-my-milk-toof

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  51. What a fascinating collection, thanks for sharing. I love the globes.

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  52. This is the coolest collection ever! I like to collect random odds and ends too.. but your collection is absolutely amazing and looks beautiful displayed. Thank you so much for sharing this, I really loved checking it out!

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  53. Completely in love with your collection! I especially love the skulls ♥ I wish to have a collection like yours myself as well, this is a good inspiration post for me. Thank you for sharing!

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  54. Ahhh! I just found your blog and think you're great -- a serious soul sister in the oddity department. You have a great I collection and I'm jealous! I've acquired quite a grouping dental molds, skulls, teeth, natural elements and I'm very proud of my beauty school mannequin heads.

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  55. Awesome collection!
    I find it interesting, and would love to walk into a household with such a "bizarre" (for lack of a better word) shelf.

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    Harlynn
    www.mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  56. I love teeth too. I have since I was a little kid. That is why I work with them.

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  57. You know, sadly our chameleon choked to death on a beetle and is currently in the freezer. I just couldn't give him the proper funeral outside of an apartment complex! I just thought - how tacky is that!. Anywhoo, I looked over at my husband the other day and was like...so would it be weird if we just got him taxidermied and threw an orange Hawaiian shirt on him. With a wind up Mr.Tibb's in tow of course. He just kind of stared blankly at me and gave me the "Nah, your butt doesn't look big in that" look.

    I love your iSpy cabinet!! It's pretty awesome. I want my jewelry box, my makeup drawer, my shelves to just look like a treasure trove when you look through them. You never know what you will find!

    Caden :)

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