HalfEmbalmed

Taxidermy, Curiosities, Oddities and More

Kansas City, Missouri · 212 Sales

HalfEmbalmed

Taxidermy, Curiosities, Oddities and More

Kansas City, Missouri 212 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(52)

Announcement   Welcome to Half Embalmed, a diverse shop where you will find a variety of curiosities to suit your desire for the odd and elegant. Strict ethical guidelines are followed and no animals are harmed or killed to create these pieces. These are fragments of lives lost brought back to forever be looked at in wonder.

The artist is a working member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and has been featured in galleries around the US and internationally. To get updates and view the process and other projects you can follow Simone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr by searching username HalfEmbalmed.

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 29, 2016

Welcome to Half Embalmed, a diverse shop where you will find a variety of curiosities to suit your desire for the odd and elegant. Strict ethical guidelines are followed and no animals are harmed or killed to create these pieces. These are fragments of lives lost brought back to forever be looked at in wonder.

The artist is a working member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and has been featured in galleries around the US and internationally. To get updates and view the process and other projects you can follow Simone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr by searching username HalfEmbalmed.

Simone Smith

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Simone Smith

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(52)
kibogami01

kibogami01 on Jan 19, 2017

4 out of 5 stars

Interesting little specimen. Looks good with the other oddities.

J-bot Park

J-bot Park on Jan 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

object received well packaged. gift recipient disturbed and pleased.

Megan Douglas

Megan Douglas on Jan 10, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very cool little octopus. I have it on a shelf with my bat skeleton. My husband who's a little squeamish even thinks it's cool.

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Updates

Shipping is now free on all jewelry in the shop!

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Genuine Bottled Cemetery Dirt and Bone Necklace
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Genuine Preserved Spider Web Under Glass
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About

Now halfway between life and death, they're all a little Half Embalmed...

This obsession turned career started the day I hit a squirrel with my car. It was the first animal I had ever run over. I pulled over and looked at him, he was clearly dead. I saw a story in his lifeless eyes, a life that I wanted to bring back. I cried for a bit and then thought "I might as well not let him go to waste" and drove home with him.
I started practicing taxidermy on my dining room table and became obsessed with reanimating these lifeless animal bodies. As a taxidermist I get to know each individual animal very intimately and it forms a bond. Opening up and seeing the inside of the animals I pick up is about as intimate as you can get. I see their hearts, their eyes, beautiful markings on the fur that no one else may have ever noticed. I never let any part go to waste. When not creating full taxidermy mounts I make jewelry and hair fascinators with paws, wings, bones and any parts I have left. I became a proud working member of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and follow their strict ethical guidelines. No animals are ever harmed or killed to create my pieces.
I began to crave more and expanded my business into preserving museum quality wet specimens, mounting insects, and bone cleaning with dermestid beetles. I quickly outgrew the dining room where it all started and now have happily moved into a large studio space with room for every part of my business.
I continue to be inspired every day when I'm working and Half Embalmed will continue to expand and evolve as I do.

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Shop members

  • Simone Smith

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Rogue Taxidermist, Jeweler, Bone Processor, Reanimator Of The Dead

    My tagline these days is "I'll take anything without a heartbeat." I surround myself with death, but I feel that in working with death I am breathing new life into the animals I find. It's a beautiful, intimate process that I put my whole heart into.

  • Shawn Tabitha

    Assistant, Photographer, Creator

    Tabitha just joined the Half Embalmed family after receiving her degree in Wildlife from Humboldt State University. She assists Simone on various projects from handing her the scalpel during the taxidermy process to photographing and documenting projects and products. She is an artist herself and sells some of her work here at Half Embalmed.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 16, 2016
Thank you for browsing my shop! I put so much of myself into each piece, and I want you to be as happy and satisfied as you can be owning one of my pieces. Feel free to ask me questions or contact me. You can contact me here, or at info [!at] SimoneSmith.com

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
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  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
I accept paypal, credit cards, and Etsy gift cards.
Shipping
I ship USPS, and provide shipping insurance and confirmation. If you would like another method of shipment please let me know. All items are carefully packaged to ensure safe delivery.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unhappy with an item please let me know and we can arrange a return. Returns must be made within 7 days.
Additional policies and FAQs
Taxidermy is a beautiful art that gives new life to animals that would be otherwise forgotten. These animals are not killed for the purpose of art, I work with roadkill I find or donations from people that have come across deceased animals.