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    Dermestidarium Quail Skull Ornament Dermestidarium Quail Skull Ornament
    The annual Dermestidarium holiday tradition & fundraiser is back, with a new twist! This year, you choose what to pay, with a minimum of $10 to cover my costs and shipping. Every dollar above that is donated to conservation. And this year's donation recipient is so dang obvious I don't know how I didn't choose them years ago - Quail Forever! Quail Forever is a division of Pheasants Forever, and they're dedicated to the conservation of quail, pheasants and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. These ornaments are made from the (real!) skulls of our wild quail's domestic kin, the Coturnix quail, which were raised humanely for food on American small farms. The skulls are coated with real silver metal, and hang from a black satin ribbon. Every dollar above $10 (per ornament) goes to conservation. How much do you want to pay?
  • An ornament version of a red-eared slider turtle skull (Trachemys scripta elegans) coated in bronze metal and finished with a blue-green patina. The patina is burnished with fine steel wool to highlight and polish the metal underneath. Multiple thin coats of metal allow for an amazing amount of detail to be preserved in this real metal finish. Red-eared sliders are invasive in certain parts of the US, and these skulls come from ones that were removed from natural areas. Does not include lower jaw.


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