If you’ve been following me in any way over the last few months, you’ll know that I’ve been playing about with taxidermy and in particular, setting animal bones in resin.
It’s really interesting work, but ye gods, is it grim. I’ve boiled, skinned, dissolved (using caustic soda among other things), over-dissolved (it’s *amazing* what sink and drain cleaner will eat through…), mummified and I’ve still not found a way of getting flesh off bone that totally preserves the skeleton with minimal ick.
I own a flat, but only have access to a communal garden which is filled with children and drunk students so a death box (where you can leave a carcass to rot as nature intended) is out. Skinning mice is icky, smelly and really difficult because they’re so tiny, and have you ever smelled boiled mouse? I *do not* recommend it.
So, I really did dance for joy when a lovely friend suggested I buy some larder beetles, which are used in taxidermy to clean animal skeletons. Could I have found my non-ick solution?
We’ll just have to wait and see because I’ve ordered some!
Will keep you posted…