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The Beauchene Fox by Phoenix-Cry The Beauchene Fox by Phoenix-Cry
This may be the coolest thing I've made in a long time. :giggle:

This is known as a Beauchene Skull, sometimes called an exploded skull. The skull has many bones with suture joints. In the Beauchene Skull these bones are disarticulated. This gives you a chance to see all the bones from all directions in the proper anatomical orientation. I've never seen one done with an animal skull, until now!

I got the metal clamps and springs, and copper rods from a surplus store that sells random stuff. I drilled little holes to connect the copper rods and such. It was painstaking.

I'll finish it up by staining the wood platform with a nice deep cherry.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Cool, I like this a lot, very well put together.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
thanks!
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Have you seen anything from Alternative Chrome yet? They'll chrome anything, including skulls. I'm getting some skulls done by them, and your style would work with it. Metal and organics, cool stuff.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
I have, and it does look awesome. A beauchene done with part chrome would be really awesome.
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itterrecmas Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
cool how did you seperate the skull because this is somthing i would like to try .right now ime doing something simmilar but with a racoon skull that exploded. Note to all dont try to occupy the same space as a moving car
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Ouch, poor raccoon!

I separated the skull by placing it in very hot (but not actually boiling) water for about ten minutes. Then wearing gloves to protect myself from the hot bone I took a flat dental tool and worked it into the seam where the bones are knit together and with a little force they popped apart. Some pieces came apart easier than others. The younger the animal the easier they come apart. Opposum are also famous for falling apart. I tried a young doe skull but that just did not work.
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itterrecmas Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
thats cool ill have to try that when i get a nice skull thanks for telling me
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
No worries, let me know how it turns out.
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cloudstar-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011   General Artist
you are so awesome. omg.... SO awesome.

I *know* this is the first one that I've seen! omfg.

:hugs:
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Squeee! I am pleased you like! I'm working on a Coyote skull and a deer skull right now, I hope to get more bones apart on the next ones.
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cloudstar-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011   General Artist
GODS so frickin' cool! *stares* seriously... yanno I bet a -lot- of animal vets, biology teachers and the like would love this/want one.

Very awesome again.

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE OTHERS!!!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
It would be a lot of fun for a class room. I'll have the deer done by tomorrow!
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WolfForce58205 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
This is REALLY neat!
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Thanks!!
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salmanda Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Wow! I used to work at a Paleontology lab and saw a real skull like this. Yours looks like the real thing!!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Well...that's cause it is the real thing. :giggle: It is an actual fox that I took apart.
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salmanda Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
:headdesk: Well, it's put together professionally enough to be put on display in a museum! :D
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Heehee. :hug:
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MukuroY Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! *O*
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Thanks!!
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MagicallyCapricious Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my goodness, I bet my biology room would love this :lol:
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Thanks! It would make a good bio display!
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
very neat! Sometimes it's easier if the animal died young and the sutures weren't completely ossified- I've found a few skulls that fell apart of their own accord, just because they hadn't fused entirely! Of course, then you also wouldn't get the inside view of an adult of the species.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Yeah, I'm trying to get a hold of a young coyote skull
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Good luck with that! Do they cull coyotes in your area? If so, you might ask any local hunters or farmers what they do with the bodies. I know the hunters in my area just dump them in the back of their fields, so you may find yourself a nice skull that way. :)
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
I've got some people over at a taxidermy forum donating me some skulls. I'd rather not do the cleaning myself. Actually I don't mind, but my hubby is squimish. heehee
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grygon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you are legendary!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Heehee. I'm getting a coyote and a doe skull soon to do the same with.
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grygon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AWEsOME!
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PhantomWolf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
beautiful!
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Thank you! I'm working on a coyote right now.
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Snegoalthorp Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Very nice!
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Thanks!
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JamesMarsano Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
sweeeet!! i have wolverine skull at home, im thinking how i would mount it.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Hmmmmm...I could Beauchene it! :giggle:
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JamesMarsano Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
what is that ? XD
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:iconphoenix-cry:
Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
That's what I did to this one, seperate out the bones.
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JamesMarsano Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it looks cool :)
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xxSamxxJamesxx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
amaaziiiing~
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Thank you!
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow that is so cool.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Thanks!
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Apophis906 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome.
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow,I never see something like this before.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
They are very rare!
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Really?Are they used in science?
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Yup! These days they are mostly made of plastic.
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concaholic Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
There's a real human skull like this at my college
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Cool!!
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah I see.I bet my dad and I could do this with my deer skull I found a few years back since we have the tools to do it.
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