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Blind Black Bear Headdress WIP by NaturePunk Blind Black Bear Headdress WIP by NaturePunk
Still need to fix the nose and do some touch-ups in the detailing, but I'm happy that this thing all came together considering what I had to work with! The hide seemed okay at first, but as I began test fitting it on the form, I noticed that several holes and tears were appearing out of nowhere. Part of the lip started to shred like wet newsprint. I realized then that it had acid rot, and I am not afraid to admit that I actually cried when I thought that it would be impossible to save it, especially since this is hands-down the most gorgeous bear I've ever had my hands on.

So I worked fast and used a lot of pins. The result is what you see above.

For those wondering, this bear was shot by a police officer in Colorado. I don’t know the exact story, but I assume he was too close to civilization and was thus deemed a threat. Colorado doesn't mess around with their problem bears, unlike Oregon (where bears were only a bit less common than deer on my old college campus).

It really is a beautiful specimen - probably the most gorgeous I’ve ever worked with. He’s a black bear, but is actually dark brown in color, and each of his hairs is tipped in gold. He’s also got a golden stripe down his spine and a white blaze on his chest.

The man who commissioned the headdress wanted it to have ‘blind’ eyes, so I used specially-made opalite glass, which has been backed in foil. They are now reflective in low light, and change color from milky blue to pale orange.

Don't like taxidermy? Don't look.
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ShamanicTaxidermyArt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Could you help me to get some of these "blind" eyes? I am frantically looking for...
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
What size do you need? 
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ShamanicTaxidermyArt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
10mm, 12mm and 22mm
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not sure if they make any in 10 and 12, but I have some that could work for 22. 
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ShamanicTaxidermyArt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Could you ship the 22 to Europe (Germany). And could you get 2 or three pairs for me then?
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I can ship to Germany! And two or three pairs will be a bit pricey, but it's certainly do-able. 
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ShamanicTaxidermyArt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How much would one pair be?
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
$15.00 USD. 
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TaxiderMegsan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow.. This is really neat o____o
I like ^__^
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EbilWolf9 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
This is amazing! A really stunning bear. A huge shame about its death, though. As much as I like taxidermy, I like seeing them alive more.
Those eyes are so haunted looking- like it was seeing something from the past. Also, that nose is pretty cute~!
Its good you managed to save it- I've never seen acid rot, but it sounds pretty scary!
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