Skulls (part one)

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One of my hobbies is cleaning and collecting skulls. This is a hobby that I’ve enjoyed for many, many years. My collection has grown over time, and now there are loads of different skulls everywhere (You’ll get to see when I do a “viking crib tour” of my home. My home is full of viking themed decorations, and the skulls is a part of the “forest” look. I shall give you guys a video tour when I move into the new apartment – which is pretty soon now. Cannot wait for that to happen! :D) Anyways, I went through this weird period in my life where I would find deceased animals in the forest whenever I went out. This happened so frequently that I started bringing plastic bags, knives  and gloves with me every time I stepped outside my door. When stumbling upon the dead animals I collected the parts that could come to use. Better to give them eternal life on my bookshelves that than to let them rot in the forest. When I started collecting skulls I spent hours on internet forums to learn more about how to do this. There are loads of ways to clean bones, but I quickly found out that involving nature was the best idea. I learned that one could leave the cleaning job to the ants by tying a rope around skulls and bones and place them inside anthills. The process of cleaning bones and skulls can be… quite smelly and time consuming. My favorite method is to clean bones by using water – only water and a bucket, and let the skulls soak in water until they are clean. This can take weeks and the water needs to be changed frequently. I must add that I have never, nor will I ever kill an animal for the purpose of skull collecting (!)-  just in case someone thought I was a crazy crow-serial killer. None of that, none of that.

Any like minded souls with “weird” hobbies out there?

Sól Geirsdóttir, The Viking Queen

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4 thoughts on “Skulls (part one)

  1. Jeg har også en greie for å drasse med meg hjem alt mulig rart jeg finner i naturen, og begynner å få en ganske grei samling med diverse hodeskaller og andre bein fra dyr. Har en visjon om å få brukt det til et eller annet gøy en dag. I forhold til rengjøring har jeg tenkt på at det må være ideelt å la en bekk/liten elv gjøre jobben? Problemet er kanskje å få bundet det fast på en god måte, og at det kan være synlig for forbipasserende som kanskje ødelegger hele opplegget :-p
    Har bare prøvd å koke, men det blir jo egentlig bare verre av det.
    Kanskje du har noen smarte tips til å få bein hvitere i del 2? 🙂

  2. I just stumbled upon your blog right now. I’m loving the things you post here. Very interesting! I’m going to use your blog as inspiration for some of my own Viking endeavors!

  3. I do the same thing. I also collect roadkill and use their fur and skulls. I think it’s a nice way to give something a second life, to make it into art. plus it’s superinteresting to see a body from within. 🙂

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