Meoooow // my latest skullThursday, January 16, 2014
I know I've mentioned I collect skulls and even briefly shared my collection in my cabinet of curiosities post but I've abstained from posting anything in depth about them. I did this out of fear that it would weird some people out but 2014 is the year I quit worrying that posts about my more offbeat interests won't appeal to everyone. It took a lot of time and practice to get my skull cleaning methods perfected (well...they're not absolutely perfect but you know what I mean) and I'm super proud of the work I do.
My latest skull, which I finished cleaning last week, is easily one of my favorites. My dad brought me home a deceased cat from his work. It was a barn cat from 2012 litter who for unknown reasons died.
I work on skulls at my parents house since they live in the middle of nowhere on a nice chunk of property instead of at my house where the smell would most likely cause concern from my neighbors. I started cleaning this beauty back in the fall, got the bulk of the work done and left it to macerate. Freezing weather is the worst time to try and let something macerate because it simply doesn't work so I brought the skull back to my house to work on it. Checking on it every few weeks, I was getting discouraged at how long it was taking but to my surprise the last time I checked on it it was nearly finished I just had to pick off some small pieces of tissue and give her a quick soak in peroxide to whiten the bone. The finished skull is one of my nicest yet. I even managed to not lose any of the tiny teeth! Success!
Working on a cat wasn't as difficult as I had expected, perhaps because it didn't look like any of mine I was able to separate it from it really was. I'm not really sensitive to these types of things (although I normally can't eat yogurt, or hummus for a few weeks after cleaning a skull. Ick! That's neither here nor there) but I, as crazy as it sounds, don't really see cats as "animals". They're so much more. It's not like I'm morally conflicted on working on certain animals, I just had a feeling working on a cat would be harder for me than any other.
Great Dane skull vs. cat skull
Opossum, raccoon + cat. My three favorite animals!
I'm so excited about my new cat skull. Eventually I'd like to own a skull from just about every animal possible but a cat was near the top of my wishlist. It's been a while since I finished a skull (the last one was the pig back in July), I feel like my passion has been reignited.