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that's an older shot, still with my nikkormat el and crap lens...

this fox was the easiest full skeleton i've ever done...
a friend found it dead in the woods, there was just the right amount of humidity for the maggots, which did a good and clean job and saved me a day of work in the gore department :nod:
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shykittylovesyou19 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
i touched a dead bird skeleton with some feathers without gloves and i had no diseases I'm still alive!!
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OneRealityOver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yuck. i like it!
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Zaku-Man-2 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
That's so cool!:)
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Crazy-Hybrid94 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
that's really nice photo! i love how it bites the flowers :D
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Zhon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Supercool photo!

I still have yet to assemble my fox skeleton I got last year.... just always seems like a real pain in the but to sort it all out now.
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mrkillzo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
do you bleach the bones?

tell me all!
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Psyco-Kaye Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Student Photographer
cool!!!
;p
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leocavallini Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
funny haha!
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Sharsarannon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
How are you sticking these things together? I mean even with glues wouldn't the final project be so very fragile? I love the inherent beauty in the lines and arcs of bones... I have a coyote skull on my bookshelf.
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graemo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
i use wire in the spine, the rest is epoxy and superglue ;)
and yes, they are very fragile, but the things look much better without visible supporting rods =)
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hyena84 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2005
i found a nice compleat roadkilled (it was by a road and dead) fox while visiting my dad but i couldnt keep the remains for studying...
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graemo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
that's a shame, finding a fox isn't easy, they are quite cautious
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hyena84 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
yeah.it was in fairly good looking condition to (though it could have been really crunched up inside).just like it was sleeping.with its eyes open.and cloudy.but i had no way to carry it back to the appartment and no tools to clean it.plus he would have been REALLY weirded out.saw several live ones while there to...
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Blackmoonlily Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
Love the pic, but it's sad to hear about the fox being dead....*loves foxes* I've only seen a wild one ONCE in my life....and I live in the suburbs....it lives somewhere in my friends neighbor hood.... But very nice pic. *nods*
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datpixelykid Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2005
I LOVE it!
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PixieNix Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
Wow this is an amazing piece, particularly knowing that the skeleton is real!!! I'd love to see it in some more of your work :)
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leotheyardiechick Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd never find a whole skeleton out here; the dogs and God only knows what else would cart the pieces away in no time.....or the speeding cars would marry them with the asphalt.
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graemo Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004
well, the supply is quite limited for me too, but all my friends know about my hobby and tell me when they see a piece of roadkill that isn't too flat already =D
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Wrote-off-the-World Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
This is really nice, I love it. Oh, if you ever do something like this again, just throw the carcass in good sized ant hill, in a week or so it will be spotless.
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graemo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
haha, of course i know about this trick, but i don't like disturbing anthills, and most importantly, you'd never find all the tiny bones again
i once put a dead seagull next to an anthill and it was gone the next day (possibly taken by a fox or dog)
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Wrote-off-the-World Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
:( Thieves...they're everywhere! :D
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:iconvirdilak:
Virdilak Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
articulated on your own?
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:icongraemo:
graemo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
of course =D
one of my hobbies
i don't kill them, i only use roadkill
this one a friend found dead in the woods
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Virdilak Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
Badass!

Do you use beetles to clean the bones, or let them sit and get the fly treatment?


I love bones. :D
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graemo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
those beetles are hard to come by around here, you have to breed them on your own, which is too much hassle for me, since i only do a skeleton every 2 months or so

i mainly do them myself, cleaning most of the meat off with a scalpel, then boiling them in diluted caustic soda solution, then clean and boil again (and again, if necessary)

i sometimes leave it to the maggots (mostly if they are in there already) they can do a good job in the right environment (enough moisture and the right temperature)

i tried maceration too, but it has never worked for me
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Virdilak Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
Awesome hobby. :D :D
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marble911 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2004   Photographer
Lol you and your skeletons, you seem to have loads of them. Nicely arranged, he seems like he needed a decent meal. Just skin and bones. Wait...not even skin left, thanks to the maggots.
I wonder where greenfaery sees beautiful DOF - it seems to lack proper focus with a slight blur on everything. Or maybe I just fail to see it.
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graemo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2004
it's indeed blurred, somehow i hardly ever managed to focus with my old nikkormat and crap zoom lens :(
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marble911 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2004   Photographer
Blame the lens.:) If it was a real bad one it isn't surprising the focus isn't right.
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IsacGoulart Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2004  Professional Photographer
this shot is amazing. Good perspective and lighting. keep up the good job. :!::!:

check out my site sometime!
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greenfaery Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful DOF, just right and I do enjoy the bright colors, which carry the notion of being alive and kicking...this in contrast with the skeleton is great.

How long did it take you to re-assemble the critter?
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graemo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2004
thanks...
huh, i didn't really think about the dof in this pic, i didn't care much about photography back then...
the work on the skeleton was quite easy, because of its size... no problem identifying all the bones (the paws are the most tricky part on small animals, with carpal bones the size of pinheads) and it's easy to fix them for the glueing...
and since it had died naturally, there were no fractures...
(no spending half a day on a smashed skull alone O_o)
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greenfaery Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like an appealing 3D puzzle...definitely more fun than the existing ones and it looks quite good as well.
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silentdark Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2004
I found a dead dog/dingo on a beach once, someone decided to place a bowl in front of it, from one side, it looked almost alive.
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graemo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2004
a friend of mine travelled australia for 2 months and told me he found dead animals and bones everywhere... and in good shape too, they don't rot so fast in that climate...
i think i'd have to visit australia with a truck =D
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silentdark Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2004
Yeah, I've seen a few around on my travels! :D
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noSpeak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
the more i look the more addicted i get to it :) You should do a b&w version of it too. Fav
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graemo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
thanks for the :+fav: =)
i never thought of b&w here, but i'll try it... or sepia, looks good on bone :nod:
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noSpeak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
can i try?
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:iconnospeak:
noSpeak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
dude, you have to let me borrow that and scare the hell out of my cat :)
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graemo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
no problem, but you should take the badger too, for backup =D
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noSpeak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
Time to repay my evil cat for all of the scratches :).
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graemo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
i actually miss these, since our cat died...
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diosaperdida Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004  Professional General Artist
A really nice skelaton...my dog does the job for me on deer bones.
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graemo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
cooll, can i borrow your dog when i run my car over an elk? :rofl:
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:icondiosaperdida:
diosaperdida Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004  Professional General Artist
No...she has enough to deal with around here...sits under her tree and chews away, all day long.
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Ludoran Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
Ah cool, a complete fox skeleton. We find a lot of cool bones every now and then, too. We've got some cat and dog skulls, random bones (Gophers and stuff like that. We use 'em in orc costumes :lol: ) and my brother has an entire deer spine in his garage. Still, you're lucky to have found something like this. Nice picture too.
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graemo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2004
sadly, i don't find much in the woods... i mostly find roadkill, and smashed skulls are a pain to reassemble...
orc costumes? any pictures? =D
i once made a mask out of a pig's hip bone =)
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