Preserved squid sculptures!

Jean

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Graeme said:
But after its soaked in formalin, will it not be practically indestructable??
That was my understanding of the stuff. Once you get that nasty stuff right through a specimen, it turns to the consistency of leather.

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It can get very.................crumbly! We have a squid specimen that has been sitting in formalin since 1953 and its looking very sorry now. Prob is that it's in a container we can't breach to change the chemicals and it's too badly damaged now to really make it worthwhile :sad: So we'll need to prep another!

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:periscop: Hmmmmm. It should be fine in formalin for centuries, if not longer. Please do a pH check; if not 7 then you have problems.

Life without formalin is akin to life without oxygen! I :heart: formalin!
 

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Paradox said:
Im making a series of preserved squids as sculptures...Heres my first one which was basically done to learn the best ways to preserve them. My future ones will have more artistic flare to them. This guy is 2 feet long!

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What do you think?? Gross?? Cool??

Makes a good spooky nightlight :lol:

WOW!!! I'm sorry, I'd never checked this thread out (been rather preoccupied). This is fantastic - incentive to get my own pickled monsters on show!!!! Pickled monsters rock .... administration doesn't!
 

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All I can say is WOW...who would have throught to have a huge preserved squid in your living room....I think my roommates would hurt me for that!
 

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Steve O'Shea said:
Life without formalin is akin to life without oxygen! I :heart: formalin!

Crazy cladist! (Clado-masochist?)

Formalin's all well and good, but I'm not going to give up my oxygen for it until I give up the ghost-- and I probably wouldn't make as attractive a pickle exhibit as a squid. Speaking of which, has anyone considered leaving their corpse to the "body worlds" exhibit? And I wonder if the plasticification stuff they do would work on our cephalopod friends and overlords?
 

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monty said:
And I wonder if the plasticification stuff they do would work on our cephalopod friends and overlords?
Hello Monty,

I believe that process is already underway for one or two Architeuthis specimens. It's in a thread somewhere around these parts. Should be nifty, when complete.

I would donate my body to be plastinated, but only if the body were then sectioned and sold as festive coasters and placemats.

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Clem said:
I believe that process is already underway for one or two Architeuthis specimens. It's in a thread somewhere around these parts. Should be nifty, when complete.

that's another exhibit to look forward to-- I wonder where they would be displayed... I'll look for the thread.

I would donate my body to be plastinated, but only if the body were then sectioned and sold as festive coasters and placemats.

Clemware-- for a classy dining experience-- register for your set at Macy's today.

"look mom! I got the a section that has liver and both kidneys!"

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Steve O'Shea said:
:periscop: Hmmmmm. It should be fine in formalin for centuries, if not longer. Please do a pH check; if not 7 then you have problems.

Life without formalin is akin to life without oxygen! I :heart: formalin!

Will suggest it to the PTB's the specimen looks really skungy! I think we'll be after a new one..........wonder if whoever did the original forgot to buffer it????????

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This is an old thread, but Ive been working on these since then!!

Four..or was it Five squids later, I think Ive refined my preservation articulating techniques and wood work. The pictures dont rally do them justice, but they are over 2 ft tall!!

What do you think??

heres a pic with the internal light off..

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more pics and a brief description can be found on here

http://thetentacleparadox.com/PickledMonsters.htm

Im getting ready to sell some, but I havent decided on a price yet. I consider them art, so Ill price them according to that. They do cost a lot to make and take over a month to complete one. Plus I live in an apartment!! So my room is a woodshop and squid preserving factory!!
 

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This reminds me of something that you might see at the Mütter Museum only squiddy. Really outstanding work!

You're cuttlefish setup is very interesting. How many have you been able to rear from your setup thus far?
 

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