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Real Skunk Skeleton Striped Skunk Bones Vertebrae Femur Rib Claw Scapula

Real Skunk Skeleton Striped Skunk Bones Vertebrae Femur Rib Claw Scapula

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  • Material: bone
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This is a beautiful lot of over 100 bones from a skunk. It was buried for a long time before it was found, and when I got it, the skin was still holding it all together. I picked out the bones that remained, washed them, and degreased them for several months. They still have some adipocere and grease and a slight smell when kept in an enclosed container, but I was afraid degreasing more would make them too weak to handle. They're pretty fragile and crumbly as is. Many of them are partial or have broken ends. They were sanitized with peroxide, but even after 2+ days of soaking, they maintained their absolutely beautiful dark brown patina. They are all natural!

The lot includes:
Twenty-six (26) foot & wrist/ankle bones
Twenty-one (21) vertebrae
Twenty-one (21) ribs
Ten (10) long leg bones (tibia, femur, humerus, etc.)
Ten (10) vertebral epiphyses
Five (5) tail vertebrae
Four (4) claws with five (5) sheaths, one of which is attached
Two (2) scapulae
Two (2) pelvis bones

The longest bone (tibia) measures approximately 3.25" long.

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This is a beautiful lot of over 100 bones from a skunk. It was buried for a long time before it was found, and when I got it, the skin was still holding it all together. I picked out the bones that remained, washed them, and degreased them for several months. They still have some adipocere and grease and a slight smell when kept in an enclosed container, but I was afraid degreasing more would make them too weak to handle. They're pretty fragile and crumbly as is. Many of them are partial or have broken ends. They were sanitized with peroxide, but even after 2+ days of soaking, they maintained their absolutely beautiful dark brown patina. They are all natural!

The lot includes:
Twenty-six (26) foot & wrist/ankle bones
Twenty-one (21) vertebrae
Twenty-one (21) ribs
Ten (10) long leg bones (tibia, femur, humerus, etc.)
Ten (10) vertebral epiphyses
Five (5) tail vertebrae
Four (4) claws with five (5) sheaths, one of which is attached
Two (2) scapulae
Two (2) pelvis bones

The longest bone (tibia) measures approximately 3.25" long.

US shipping only. Know your state laws.

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FAQs

Many of the things in the shop are things found in nature, either by me or by others. Some are leftovers from hunters. A few are items from my personal collection that I'm downsizing. Each listing will have a history of the items listed. I will never stop collecting beautiful things from nature, cleaning them up, and sharing them with you.
Nearly everything I list is "customized" by nature. If you are looking for a particular item, or specifically-sized items for an art project, just ask - I may be able to help!
Skulls and bones should never be bleached or boiled. Dust with a cloth or soft toothbrush. If you would like to whiten them further, hydrogen peroxide is recommended, but be aware that some of the skulls (especially from younger animals) and teeth are held together with superglue and white glue. White glue will lose its integrity in a soak. Superglue should be fine. When in doubt, ask me!

Crab shells in particular are delicate things. They may crack and dry out over time. I've found a clear coat of spray varnish can strengthen them.
I prefer to utilize packing material that is reused. That means your item could be wrapped in old sheets, tissue paper, packing peanuts, or plastic shopping bags.

I can gift wrap items if requested. The packaging will be the same, but the item will be wrapped using some scrapbooking or tissue paper and it will include a hand-written message. Just leave a note with your order.
I use various cleaning methods, all of which are meant to maintain bone strength and prevent damage. They may include cold water maceration, dermestid beetles, low-heat soap and water degrease, hydrogen peroxide, borax, and a lot of good old-fashioned hand-cleaning with gentle tools. Reassembling of skulls and bones is done with a combination of superglue, white glue, and interference fit (after a soak in water).
Everyone's definition of "ethical" is different in the bone business, so this is an elusive question to answer. All I can do is tell you how I obtain things, and you decide if you're OK with that.

Everything I find in nature is taken without harming animals or their environment. I do not kill anything myself - I'm not a hunter or trapper, just a wanderer. If something is from my collection and I am downsizing, I may not know its provenance. But *please* feel free to ask - I strive for transparency and will tell you all I know about any given item.

The profits from some items are donated to either local wildlife rescues and conservation charities.

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