I take commissioned work on a case by case basis. This is not my fulltime job, which means I only have so much time to dedicate to it. I have to be very selective because of this.
My collection is not dead animals, it is a mental list of species I have built. So what I’ll accept is heavily based on that, or species I just enjoy building repeatedly. I mostly work with reptiles and birds, and exotic mammals. If you have an animal I want to build, I’ll most likely do it. However I won’t do cats and dogs due to the emotional attachment people have with them, and quite frankly I’m not into it. If you’ve built one domestic cat, you’ve built them all.
I do not accept art commissions. Only skulls and full skeletons. My brain just doesn’t work that way. I don’t want to build your idea. I want to build mine.
Species I Won’t Accept
- Domestic Cats
- Domestic Dogs
- Guinea Pigs
- Ball Pythons
Species I Want to Build
- Large Exotic Birds (Toucans, Parrots, Hornbills, etc…)
- Borneo Earless Monitor
- Shingle Backed Skink
Species Accepted for Skull Preservation
- Any and all.
Birds & Reptiles
With birds and reptiles I’ll have you ship the animal to me and I’ll do every bit of the work. Processing it for the beetles, beetling it, degreasing, whitening, and building. You will be dealing with me, and me only.
With most mammals I will be using the services of Odd Articulations to process the animal. You will ship the animal to them, they will process it fully, and ship me bones that are ready to build. Then I build it and ship it back to you. You pay them seperately for their services.
Turn Around Time
Depending on the species, size, and condition of the animal, the turn around time can be as little as two or three months, or 1-2 years. 95% of this time is spent degreasing the bones. This is out of my control. It just takes however long it takes to degrease. If you ship me a medium to large mammal, it could take Odd Articulations 12-18 months just to get the bones ready to build. The grease must be removed from the bones, and this step will not be skipped. Even a small lizard can take a month or two for me to degrease. It is what it is.
With this in mind, one thing I cannot stand is being asked about the animal frequently. I don’t mind asking for an update every few months, but I have dealt with people in the past that want an update weekly. The answer is “It’s still degreasing” every single time. It is a lengthy process. So please keep that in mind.
Also, I might ballpark the degreasing time frame for you, but I could be totally wrong. If the animal was obese, then it will take longer than other animals within the same species.
So with all of that said, once you send the animal to me, just know you will get it back, and relax. Go on about your life, and when it is ready, I’ll definitely contact you. Because you know…I want to get paid for my work.
I’m only willing to take on skeleton projects if I have artistic freedom. If someone is too specific on how and what they want, I’ll pass. I’ll ask you if you want it wall mounted or free standing, and that is about it. Beyond that, I want to position it how I see fit. If that doesn’t work for you, then I’m not the person you’re looking for.
Price varies by project, obviously. Skulls are of course the more affordable option and start at $20, plus shipping both ways, and go up from there. Full skeletons start at $200, plus shipping both ways, and go up from there.
Shipping the animal to me is typically not that expensive, anywhere from $20-$60 with shipping supplies included. Large animals are of course higher. Something like a Baboon can cost $150-$200 just to ship it to me frozen. Return shipping on skulls is very affordable, usually $8-$20. Return shipping on skeletons can get quite pricey. Skeletons have to be double boxed so the return box is much larger than the actual skeleton. I have shipped skeletons for anywhere from $30 all the way up to $200. Fragile and complicated pieces sometimes have to be crated and shipped airport to airport via Delta Dash to insure a safe arrival.
I will gladly show you a shipping receipt with the price, but keep in mind that does not include the shipping packaging, which for medium to large skeletons can be another $30-$60.