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Friday, February 19, 2010


As regular readers of the bloggo will know, thanks to the good offices of our friends and benefactors Richie and Naomi West, Corinna and I are off to Texas in a few weeks to study these bloody blue dogs at first hand.

When I was last there back in 2004 I photographed several skulls in the possession of Mr Devin Macanally of Elmendorf.

I want to make casts of these skulls to bring back to the UK. Has anyone got a cheap, and foolproof way to do it?

Suggestions please.


stormwalkernz said...

Jon there is a Yahoo list devoted to this sort of thing and skeleton preparation, cant remember its name "Skull Club" I think just look under skull collecting. There is a guy on there that works for a museum and would know. They also exchange skulls, and skeletions.
Good Luck

Syd said...

You could have a chat with your dentist, with regard to using the alginate material that is used for taking mouth impressions prior to making dentures.
That stuff is easy to mix (powder and water), it sets firmly in a couple of minutes, is light for transporting, picks up fine detail for later transfer to plaster castings.

Richie said...

How about this: