Diamond Tooth Taxidermy

Exquisite Taxidermy Art and Design

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About Beth Beverly

I am a State and Federally licensed taxidermist who graduated from the Pocono Institute of Taxidermy in 2010 with high marks. I have a deep respect for this craft and those who strive to preserve it.

It is my pleasure to work on any trophy mount, be it a shoulder, life-size, rug, or fish.

I accept custom orders for fantasy mounts, wearables, and bridal hair pieces.

Sculptural mounts and hats are available for rental provided they are in stock at time of inquiry.

Contact me describing your wish and I will be delighted to make it so.

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Jive Turkey

I just finished up a very unique commission that took months longer than anticipated:My client wanted a pair of turkey legs from her brother's farm to be mounted and embellished with the intent of using the toes/talons to hang her jewelry from.

 Of course I was in love with the idea from the very start, but when she brought me the legs I was shocked.  While my turkey mount experience is limited at best, I have handled legs before.  They are usually large, but not much more meaty than a large rooster. This turkey was a monster!  The feet were big enough to wrap around a small child's arm and meaty enough to make for a meal on their own.  

I made slices along the side of each talon to access the meat so I could flesh it out.  For traditional standing mounts where the turkey would be standing on an environment, foot pad side down, this is an easy job, but I had to keep in mind that the underside of these feet would be one of the focal points of the finished piece and therefore the cuts had to be neat and ultimately concealed.

I filled the foot in with clay where I had removed the flesh, sculpted it back into shape and wired the cuts shut so it could dry a bit in the right position.  After the clay had firmed up I lined up the skin on either side of each cut and used superglue to seal them back up.  I left the pair out to dry and cure a bit more, and perhaps it was the humid end of Summer climate but it took two months for them to get to a point where I could begin the finishing work. I then blended an epoxy clay into the "scars" and textured & painted them.  When I was done, the cuts were blended in so well I can barely find them!

Next came mounting on a custom plaque and embellishing, my favorite part!

I fancy myself a bit of an alchemist when I'm taking vintage gems, some old jewelry of my own and marrying it with those either gifted to me or found on the street during my daily journeys, and giving them a new purpose.  They go from being dormant and underappreciated to vibrant pieces of interactive art!

Since they were designed to hold jewelry, I gave them a test run with some of my own pieces before hadning off to my client.

Turkey legs as jewelry holders.   I adore my clients!

From my cold, dead hands

Here are some items I recently added to my etsy shop, for all the tween-witch kids:

I don't want to alienate though, they're actually for anyone who would want to wear a bird talon.  This includes me and it could include you but it may not include your roommate or your cousin.  I wind of separating the feet from most birds I skin because, at this time, bird feet aren't all that palatable for the budding fashionista so I just use the wings/pelt and save the feet and heads for my own purposes.  And that's fine with me.  How boring would the world be if we all wore the same thing?


But for those of you who ARE into this symbol of strength and beauty with a dash of menace, what a great little trinket you can add to your wardrobe for barely any monies at all.  Customize it with your birthstone or any other kind of crystal, tie it up in your hair ,hang it from your phone, whatever your icy little heart desires.

OK, this is too sales pitchy.  Just check it out, OK?  I think they make great gifts...(too early for Christmas ornaments?) starting at under $20 a pop.

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