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Since this is my first post about my bones, I figured I’d post a photo showing off what I have so far!
The left photos are of all the bones that have been cleaned but not whitened. I have two sheep skulls, some leg bones, a partial jaw, and what looks like a scapula. All of these bones were given to me by my mom, who found them on her friend’s farm. The friend raises sheep, and her property is large enough that, when the animals die, she’s able to haul the remains out to a far corner of her land and leave them without worrying about the smell or scavenging animals getting too close to the house and barn. My mom was cool enough to follow her out a couple of times and picked up these bones for me!
The photo on the right is my first attempt at whitening bones. I wanted to experiment with some of the broken/smaller bones before moving onto the skulls. I used 3% concentration of peroxide diluted with a little water, and they’d been sitting for about a week and a half now. One or two are still slightly discolored, but I’m going to wait ’til they’ve totally dried out before I decide if I’m happy with them.
I’m not really sure what animal this pelvis belonged to… my girlfriend Kelsey found it near her house in the country. My bone-savvy friend Hans thinks it could be from a squirrel or a possum or something, but I’ll have to look into it after I get it all cleaned up and glued back together. Whatever it is, I love the shape and I can’t wait until it’s dry so I can whiten it!
Speaking of Kelsey, she found a complete cat skull in the back of her family’s garage recently, and is going to clean it off a little and bring it to me! Based on the photos she’s sent, it looks like it’s in really good condition, and I’m really excited to look at it in person!