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Baroque Fox by DonSimpson Baroque Fox by DonSimpson
Carved gray fox skull upper, microcrystalline wax finish; about 5-1/2 inches long.
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JOCAPS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Brightly elegant!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
:)
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Can you explain what finishing it with wax is for?

I could look it up, but you're a reliable source. :aww:
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
The wax helps protect the stain, and also helps keep the skull (particularly the teeth) from drying out. Until I got into doing this stuff, I thought bone was completely stable. Kept out of strong heat and direct sunlight, it is very stable, but not perfectly.
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Ahhhhh, I see.

How do you apply it?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I put on enough to cover the surface well (mostly by hand but I have old toothbrushes and some shaver-cleaning brushes for hard to reach areas), let it sit for a while, and then buff it with a cotton rag. On porous bone (or wood, etc.) I hand-rub briskly to heat the wax and drive it into the pores (or use a hair dryer, carefully) and may repeat the coating and rubbing several times.
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Well, that put paid to my 'tie twine through the eyes and dip it in a pot of melted candles' theory. :giggle:

What sort of bones are porous?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Tsk. :D

All of them, though how porous varies. The outsides of teeth are pretty solid. Mostly the porosity is very tiny, even microscopic, not like a sponge. More like wood.
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
:bow:

Right, right. Interesting. Thanks for answering all the questions!
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LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I don't know whether anyone in the Ulu Baram watches dA; but you would definitely make a big hit there... 7@=e
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