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#1 Nov 23 2012 at 8:28 PM Rating: Decent
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So my brother and I were discussing potential Chrimbus gifts via email the other day and he dropped an interesting tidbit. His fiance would like some taxidermy/ied/i/ed(?!?) mice. The goal of course is to dress them into "adorable little costumes" and place them in places where they can be shown off. I was given the additional directive that these can be found on Etsy (of fucking course). After being presented with various price points from the $40-$100 price range, a light bulb went off. It can't be too difficult to do this myself, can it?

After a bit of searching, I found an interesting guide that seems to set out a process that even the most surgically/crafty inept can follow and successfully end up with a growing horde of creepy little creatures that will stare into your soul for hours after you should have fallen asleep.

Warning, this is not for the squeamish.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Mouse-Taxidermy/?ALLSTEPS

Now I have dissected things in school previously. We did the cows eye in fifth grade, all the usual biology subjects in high school: frogs and little pigs that I can recall (I was skipping a lot in high school and enclosed in a haze of marijuana smoke). I took a zoology class at our local technical college and we dissected cats. It wasn't the most pleasant thing ever, but I remember being turned off more by the constant odorous assault of formaldehyde more than anything. This wouldn't be an issue since I would be using frozen for food dead mice as my subjects.

Does anyone have experience with anything like this? I'm a fairly large individual which means I have very large hands. I'm afraid that if I invest the money in all the needed supplies, including the dead mice from a pet shop, it would be a waste. Some of this process such as the parts with the scraping and the tail seem like I don't have the correct hands.

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Whatcha think folks, just drop the money on some artbag on Etsy or make a go of it?
#2 Nov 23 2012 at 8:34 PM Rating: Excellent
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So your potential Sister in Law is the Janitor from Scrubs?


Edited, Nov 23rd 2012 9:35pm by Shaowstrike
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One of my coworkers used to do some taxidermy. He always said the smaller the animal, the harder it is to work with. Told a story about a squirrel once and said it was the biggest pain in the ***. If you're gonna try it yourself, get a few spares to practice on.
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#4 Nov 23 2012 at 11:58 PM Rating: Good
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Humans are actually really easy to start on if you like taxidermy, the large scale along with the familiar model will let you focus on learning the technique rather than the physiology. Just make sure you do the posing step before drying, as if you don't moisturize the taxidermied flesh, it can be very brittle if you try to reorient it.
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Dependent on grades, a few people were to be allowed to attend a human cadaver dissection as a field trip down on the University Wisconsin-Madison at I believe the medical school for an advanced science class in my junior year. It certainly grabbed my attention and sounded interesting at the time but that was the year I was not particularly a model student. I still graduated on time but from an alternative school. Like our 8th grade trip to Washington D.C., it's something I regret missing out on. Boohoo, first world problems etc.
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When she said she wanted some cute stuffed animals, I don't think thats really what she had in mind.
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You should totally make her a Tanuki. Smiley: laugh
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At first I felt sorry for these dead mice, then I realized that getting your guts pulled out and put on a human's shelf in little outfits is probably a kinder fate than getting consumed and then pooped out by a snake.
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Paskil wrote:
So my brother and I were discussing potential Chrimbus gifts via email the other day and he dropped an interesting tidbit. His fiance would like some taxidermy/ied/i/ed(?!?) mice. The goal of course is to dress them into "adorable little costumes" and place them in places where they can be shown off. I was given the additional directive that these can be found on Etsy (of fucking course). After being presented with various price points from the $40-$100 price range, a light bulb went off. It can't be too difficult to do this myself, can it?

I think this is a bad idea for a variety of reasons.

1) Taxidermied rodentia are a very private, personal gift. That should come from her fiance himself, her immediate family, or her psychologist. Doing it yourself by hand makes it even more personal, and kinda creepy. "Heeeereee....I killed and stuffed this for you....*drool*..."

2) It's one thing to be a person that enjoys cute but morbid little statuettes. It's another thing to be the person that enjoys doing the dirty work. And you will be forever be deemed "that weird taxidermy guy."

3) You don't want to set this kind of precedent of gift extravagance. You'll have to hand-make a thoughtful gift for everyone each year. You can't go from hand-taxidermied vermin to hardcover Lincoln biography without some disappointment.
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3) You don't want to set this kind of precedent of gift extravagance. You'll have to hand-make a thoughtful gift for everyone each year. You can't go from hand-taxidermied vermin to hardcover Lincoln biography without some disappointment.
My only concern with the book would be whether he touched it between touching one of those **** rats and washing his hands.
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Paskil wrote:
So my brother and I were discussing potential Chrimbus gifts via email the other day and he dropped an interesting tidbit. His fiance would like some taxidermy/ied/i/ed(?!?) mice. The goal of course is to dress them into "adorable little costumes" and place them in places where they can be shown off. I was given the additional directive that these can be found on Etsy (of fucking course). After being presented with various price points from the $40-$100 price range, a light bulb went off. It can't be too difficult to do this myself, can it?

I think this is a bad idea for a variety of reasons.

1) Taxidermied rodentia are a very private, personal gift. That should come from her fiance himself, her immediate family, or her psychologist. Doing it yourself by hand makes it even more personal, and kinda creepy. "Heeeereee....I killed and stuffed this for you....*drool*..."

2) It's one thing to be a person that enjoys cute but morbid little statuettes. It's another thing to be the person that enjoys doing the dirty work. And you will be forever be deemed "that weird taxidermy guy."

3) You don't want to set this kind of precedent of gift extravagance. You'll have to hand-make a thoughtful gift for everyone each year. You can't go from hand-taxidermied vermin to hardcover Lincoln biography without some disappointment.


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Maybe a nice book on taxidermy, or about that and other creepy Victorian holdovers. And good luck to your brother.

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Maybe a nice book on taxidermy, or about that and other creepy Victorian holdovers. And good luck to your brother.



Oh you don't have to worry about that. The rest of the family wonders how she puts up with him. They mesh fairly well on most things. Smiley: lol
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Samira wrote:
Maybe a nice book on taxidermy, or about that and other creepy Victorian holdovers. And good luck to your brother.




See now the problem with that is he has to consider where he's going to store his taxidermied brother once she's in prison for having presumably gutted and taxidermied said brother though. Thats not the klind of thing you can just put in a storage unit and the rates on those climate controlled ones awre just hideous.
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This thread has reasserted my love of the website Instructables and in the human race in general.
I would try the taxidermy yourself. What's the worst that could happen?
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Paskil wrote:

Whatcha think folks, just drop the money on some artbag on Etsy or make a go of it?
Get her a gift card to Etsy.

If you want to add a personal touch, bake some cute mouse cookies to add to the package. You can't ever go wrong with cookies. These look really good (and cute!).



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3) You don't want to set this kind of precedent of gift extravagance. You'll have to hand-make a thoughtful gift for everyone each year. You can't go from hand-taxidermied vermin to hardcover Lincoln biography without some disappointment.

That said, a stuffed rat with a beard and a stove-pipe hat never goes out of style.
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trickybeck wrote:
3) You don't want to set this kind of precedent of gift extravagance. You'll have to hand-make a thoughtful gift for everyone each year. You can't go from hand-taxidermied vermin to hardcover Lincoln biography without some disappointment.

That said, a stuffed rat with a beard and a stove-pipe hat never goes out of style.


Complete with a little Lincoln Log log cabin.
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I half expected something with Danny DeVito.
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