This was a project long in the making. When I went hunting last Fall I asked everyone in our group if they would be okay with me keeping the deer’s skull of any of the deer we got. Two shot their deer in the head and one was a buck so they were out. That left me with three doe skulls. Now a skull with antlers would have been amazing, but since that didn’t happen I was happy with getting any of them. P.S. The guys at the butcher shop were also open to helping me out. (We didn’t get most of the deer until the last two days, so I was worried mid-week.) Shout out Owen’s Locker! Most people want the buck’s head, but rarely a doe’s, so they offered to help replace the shot in the skull deer heads if I needed it.
My dad being the social butterfly that he is, knows someone who does almost any kind of work and thus of course knew someone who could de-flesh/bleach the skulls for me. This man was awesome enough to do just that for me. I found out how much doing that for a buck’s skull was and let me tell you, I am very honored that he did this favor for me!!! Another shout out to him!
A few months have passed, winter got away from us, and TADA three beautiful skulls!
This project is for a birthday present for a close friend who shares a love for skeletal systems. I have seen all of those youtube videos on how to dip paint skulls using spray paint and was gonna try it out (thus the three skulls, practice makes perfect). From the videos I learned that you need: 1. Plastic tub, 2. Acrylic/Oil-based spray paint (primer and colors wanted), 3. Skulls, 4. Tape (if you have antlers), 5. Stir stick, 6. Cardboard of the like to move away paint, and 7. Matte/gloss finishing coat. What it did NOT tell me is if the water that you put in the tub should be cold, luke warm, or hot. Honestly, the only question I had.
Obviously you should do this outside and in well ventilated areas.
I used a primer paint on one skull (left) and nothing on the other (right). I didn’t really see a difference and the paint appeared to adhere equally as well for both. I did notice the warmer the water was the more vibrant the paint colors were on the skull. True it is winter and pretty cold out so the water cooled off a bit throughout. Don’t use cold water, paint clumps. (Top to bottom: Luke warm water, hot water, original skull)
Otherwise, this went just like the videos said it would.
I have also seen on Pinterest some skulls with Mehndi designs on them. I used squeeze puff paint to make a design on one of the skulls to try it out. A bigger skull would make it easier to make a more intricate design, something to try on a future skull.
I wish I could make one of those donate to me things on the side of this blog. Not Go Fund Me, think more Julie & Julia movie where people donated cooking ingredients to her. But I would prefer fun and carrying skulls and antlers.
That wouldn’t be creepy at all… right?!