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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to attach a deer skull to a wood plaque??? on: July 18, 2012 04:54:44 AM
Thanks for the tip! I've been boiling and whitening bones with this process for a long time, but never knew it was called "European mount." It took me a while to find a tute on how to actually attach it to the board, but I've got it now.

I have to go find an expanding drywall anchor now, and try to wash my brain of the hunting and taxidermy images I've just seen.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / How to attach a deer skull to a wood plaque??? on: July 14, 2012 03:32:00 PM
So... I've been on Craftster for a long time, but haven't posted in a while. I was crazy busy with two kids, full-time work, full-time university, and moving (twice!).

This summer, though, I finally have some time to do all of the projects I've been dreaming of for years.
My main focus has been on my chicken coop. It is nearly in order, and I am trying to put on some little "fancy touches." One of these is to mount a deer skull onto a plaque that will hang over the front door of the coop.

This is what it will look like when finished:

And this is the chicken coop.

I need to repaint the white on the door, and around the windows, and will be adding glossy black designs along the bottom.

The problem I'm running into is that, now that I have the skull and plaque painted, how do I attach the skull without destroying it and while still making sure it can stay adhered through wind and rain?

Plaque by itself. It was painted with acrylic and sealed with polyurethane:

I painted the skull with the same outdoor latex paint that the stripes on the coop are from. Don't fret, she died of natural causes. We found her body lying in the woods a few years ago, so we took her and buried her with some lime. We went back recently and dug up the skeleton, bleached it and are using the bones for various projects.

Weird, I know- but we are a family that truly believes that nothing, I mean NOTHING, should go to waste and that there is art and beauty in everything. Hence the deer skull plaque.

Okay, so- Here is the back of the skull. You can see the holes that line up on either side, I thought about running a wire through there, but am a little worried about cracking it:

I thought about sticking it on with epoxy, or some other strong glue, but you can see in this picture how small the points of contact are. The tips of the teeth and two spiny knobs at the back of the head are it. I'm not convinced that is enough for it to hold.

Has anyone attached a skull to anything before? I use bones a lot in my art, but they are usually sturdier and/or have more contact surface than this one.

Ideas? Suggestions?

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yard advise/ insperation needed on: July 14, 2012 02:19:49 PM
I'm a big fan of clever containers for potted plants (old rain boots, broken sculptures, broken grill, old toilets, bathtubs, sinks, etc.) and lots of cool yard-art. I really love repurposing and upcycling junk to make outdoor decorations.

This gardening company's Pinterest page some cool stuff that is pretty easy to copy : http://pinterest.com/redlotusgarden/

Why don't you have your kids make mosaic tiles or stepping stones for the yard? You can get a giant bag of mix-n-pour cement for $3.00 or so at the hardware store and rinse-and-reuse plastic bowls or plates for molds. They could use old broken dishes or even unwanted and/or broken toys to make their mosaics.
Also, what about doing fairy-houses and fairy gardens all over the place? My boys loved doing that along the trail we walk on in the woods. They got excited about people finding them while they hiked.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Great Garden Challenge 2012 Coming Soon! on: July 14, 2012 02:02:03 PM
Woo-hoo! This will be the first challenge I enter. I fully expect not to win, but I'm still coasting on my (first) victory over squash bugs this year!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Coyote Toe Bone & Bicycle Chain Earrings on: December 26, 2011 02:57:57 PM
I LOVE these! I'm always on the lookout for others who use bones, bugs, and random bicycle bits in art/crafty projects. I have to give this a "This Rocks!"
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first apron! YAY! on: August 12, 2010 08:51:00 PM
Ican't see any mess-up.I think it looks great! You have an awesome hourglass figure BTW.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: in desperate need of a 2nd [or 3rd or 18th or 284th] opinion on: August 20, 2008 07:53:58 AM
You can get some little christmas lights with an independent battery to nestle in the collar. If the model smudged some vaseline on her face it would really glow.
Just an idea.
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Etched glass mini-vases on: June 29, 2008 06:00:27 PM
I think I like it better that they are attached to each other.

Have you thought about filing them with colored water? I think it would look lovely.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: 1959 Shirtwaist Dress, sizing issues Help! *img heavy* on: April 29, 2008 07:42:24 PM
On the pattern envelope they use a big wide belt. Those are pretty easy to get ahold of in reguular shops these days. Otherwise, you could sew together a couple pieces of extra wide elastic and add snaps for closures. What about making an extra short corset to go on top?
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Please help with NEWBORN halloween costume ideas on: September 27, 2007 04:46:47 PM
On my older son's first halloween  (he was two months old) I dressed him as a maggot- the costume was super-easy. I got a light green material, it was either padded or polar fleece, sorry I don't remember, and sewed a sheer iridescent green fabric on top of it, then made a tube out of it with a zipper for quick access and used a piece of light green ribbon to wrap it in a spiral for segement effect.
The best part was the next year, I had him dressed as a fly!
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