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.


Diamond Tooth Taxidermy Blog:



Tell Frankie I Said Hi: Secret 1st episode!

My amazing friend Carmen was gracious enough to let me interview her about being preggers for my first ever podcast, and she bore with me thorugh the bumps and whatnot.  After I get a little better at this podcasting process I'll get this operation up on itunes but for now I'm using soundcloud and this first one is on Podbean.  It's neat to hear Carm's pregant past self from a few weeks ago now that she's a new mom.   Give a listen, won't you?
CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE 1 OF TELL FRANKIE I SAID HI



"OK, who wants to snap the neck?" "ME!"

Last Saturday I hosted my first of two Philly Side Tour workshops and my rag team team of guests/students had a blast with me.  The group comprised of a decent range of backgrounds, from scultptrs to art students and cartoonists and a chef.

 I start each demo as I would skinning a specimen alone in my studio- with a blessing and ceremonial thank you to the animal, and a promise to do my best to honor its spirit.  Here I am burning sage and doing just that:



Onto the skinning.  My crew was eager to be hands-on, so I would show a little step here and there, then pass the bird around for them to take turns with various parts.  Some excelled in the peeling parts, others demonstrated fleshing quite masterfully, while one gal in particular had a flare for snapping the neck.  Turns out she was a mortuary student, go figure.




After skinning has been demonstrated and practiced, we move onto mounting.  Here is the specimen I had set aside for this workshop, a nice tanned white chicken. 
 

We took turns tumbling and blowing him dry before I showed them how to properly wire a form and the chicken to it. 





 After that we all washed our paws and headed in to the main room where I do all my real work.  I showed them what I was working on, projects on deck etc.  Like cow and goat skins in a pickle!





 After that everyone tried on hats and hung out for a bit, discussing this and that.  I have to say, an unexpected and much loved byproduct of my craft is the wide array of characters I get to meet.  I honestly have no idea where else I could connect with so many different and wonderful type of people at once.

The next workshops is on Saturday, July 13.  Some spots remain, reserve yours now for an unusually delightful afternoon!
Discover the Bygone Art of Taxidermy at an Artist's Workshop

Nieve


Say hello to Nieve.  Her name means snowflake in Spanish, and her human brought her to me not so much in the state of distress I've become accustomed to as I usually receive these pets freshly dead, but in a more eased disposition as she's had some time to deal with her little one's passing.
Nieve had been stored in the freezer for months and months while this woman searched for the right taxidermist to preserve her.  She brought her to me, still frozen looking just like this:


Nieve was an old gal, and quite thin by the time she expired.  The request was to have her in the exact pose as the one she held when brought to me, but I took some artistic liberty and put a more lifelike, relaxed element to her recline:

 I used a ready-made form that I had to aggressively alter, and made a carcass cast of the head since it's such a unique shape.  Here's a peek inside the mold:




 The end result is whopping success.  All this dog experience I have is starting to show, if you don't mind my saying so.

 I'm extremely proud of this mount, and the icing on the cake is that the client was thrilled.  I don't know if it will ever NOT be a nail biter (I'm in double digits with pet preservation mounts now and the nerves have not gone away) when I show the finished product to the pet owner.  They've projected so much emotion onto this little creature, just like I have  my own, and want to see the very best.


 Thankfully that's just what I provide.


 Sweet dreams, Nieve.







Tell Frankie I Said Hi!

I've been toying with the idea of making my own podcast for the last 5 months or so, and now I'm ready to share the second episode of Tell Frankie I Said Hi with you.
Anyone who knows me is painfully aware that I'm a hopeless podcast junkie; I've got dozens in my roster at any given time.  After almost four years of consuming this media, I got the itch to start creating my own content.  I am proceeding slowly and deliberately, however- these days it seems everyone has a podcast and I now know through the grueling ezperience of recording, editing, finding a host site, uploading, etc that this shit is TIME CONSUMING.
I love it though.  Tell Frankie I Said Hi is about people who create, the challenges we face and all the hilarity that ensues.  I also talk about what I'm doing in my studio, give you a peek behind the taxidermy curtain and inside my constantly therapized head. 
My guests on this episode are Maria Eife and Sarah Peoples.   We talk about folk art, the craft world, outsider art and projectile vomit.
I still have some technical issues to resolve, so while feedback is welcome, understand that I'm one person trying to learn as I go.
And thanks!



Have a listen:

 TELL FRANKIE I SAID HI




See how High she Flies:



 Meet this witchy woman.  A commissioned piece for a lovely client, I was basically given carte blanche for a head mount.  These are my favorite projects because the mount really takes shape organically.  It might sound corny but I'm being completely sincere when I say that I let the creature guide me in terms of its embellishment/projected personality traits.
I was getting some serious Priestess vibes from this raccoon and rolled with it.

I incorporated some dyed deer tail hair in the whiskers and "Mohawk":


 

 Her paws hold an antique silver jewelry bowl which was part of a set I purchased at a flea market a while back.  I wanted this piece to be functional in some capacity and this bowl conveys a cauldron element while serving as an intimate space to store/stash love notes, wishes, contraband, jewelry, etc.



Her face is also embellished with assorted Pheasant feathers:




I just got the word that she arrived safely and is already right at home on my client's wall.  This brings me tremendous joy.

Crack is whack. Especially on your trophy antlers.


Occasionally I get repair jobs from folks who have damaged mounts, broken antlers or busted skulls.  This case isn't much different ezcept for the size factor involved.  I think these moose antlers make up the largest rack I've ever dealt with.
The owner had mounted them to a stone wall outside her house but not in any particular fashion that would anchor them in properly, and over time the sheer weight of these bad boys just pulled them out and they fell off.  I'm not sure if the fall caused any of the cracking or of all the blemishes/cracks are just general wear and tear.


Regardless, there were several points at which the cracks compromised the integrity of the the antler itself, plus a handful of cosmetic issues.  I set about using an epoxy compound to fill in the more significant negative space:







 Next I used a type of paint specifically designed for antler restoration  to blend all the filling with the rest of the antler, as well as mixing up the right shades to correct some of the markings that took away from the natural beauty of the actual antler:



Terrible picture for size reference:




 Finished product.  I also drilled more stable holes at the base and left her with instructions on how exactly to have it mounted this time around.


















Jazzed up Baculums

Here's a not so wordy post with pretty pictures of my new batch of baculum charms.  All are uniquely embellished and infused with my own brand of custom good vibes.  Let the mojo roll:


 Amethyst:













Vintage blue gem with Swarovski and filigree on the back:





Diamonds:







Vintage emerald charm:




I got your HANDS ON experience right here:


As I've mentioned here before, I'm getting more involved with workshops and group engagement in terms of taxidermy.  What has been a deligthfully solitary craft for me all these years is slowly morphing into a social experience as more people gain interest in this practice.  I've actually just finished my first week of private tutelage with a  talented and creative young man who completed his first pheasant mount from scratch under my watchful eye. 
It's exciting to see how may people want to peek behind the curtain and see what taxidermy is all about.  In Brooklyn, the Morbid Anatomy Library hosts a slew of various workshops and educational events ranging from how to mount your own squirrel to setting up your own beetle diorama.  I can now list my own specialty among the roster: How to create wearable taxidermy.
Here's a full description of the workshop:


Event

Wearable Taxidermy Workshop by Beth Beverly
Date: Saturday, July 27
Time: 12  6:30 PM
Price: $150
RSVP Email: diamondtoothtaxidermist(at)gmail.com
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy

Students will be provided with pre-skinned and tanned chicken hide elements (wings, tails, heads, etc) along with millinery hardware and all the glues, threads, chain, and miscellaneous decorative elements to create a one of a kind custom taxidermy headpiece.
Starting with the malleable hide parts, students will be instructed on how to manipulate, fill and and position the feathered sections while anchoring them to the metal hardware using foam mannequin heads (provided) for stability. Millinery accents like netting, crinoline, jewels and metal embellishments can then be added to complete the students' own personal design, finishing off the workshop with instruction on lining the inside and adding a personalized garment tag.
Students will leave with their new wearable piece of fashion taxidermy, along with printed out lesson sheets and sourcing info so that they may employ these new skills for life.



I've already got 6 full birds skinned, tanned and ready to head up to NY next month; I'm using my best and brightest specimen because I truly want to create a dazzling workshop for my students and make sure they take home something truly beautiful.  I even had a Polish Hen ( I rarely get those) but got greedy and decided to keep that one for myself.  Here is a hint at some of the colors/textures I'm offering that aren't Polish hens:




 A nice assortment, and I've still got loads more!  In fact, I'll be going up to the farm to collect some freezer treats from the boys at The Farmer's Husband early next month so who knows what stunning pieces I'll have!

I'm looking forward to this workshop and meeting the folks who are as enthusiastic as me over wearable bio art. I'm also eager to see what other creative minds come up with, left to their own devices.  There's still a few spots left if you are in or near Brooklyn on July 27 and would like your own custom made for you by you piece of wearable taxidermy!  Just email me through my website or go to Brown Paper Tickets to secure your place in class.

One of My Favorite Things: WILBUR VINTAGE/A Beth Beverly Fashion Retrospective

Blouse from Wilbur Vintage

 I want to start incorporating posts about things and people who make my life as wonderful as it is that aren't necessarily taxidermy related, and am feeling inspired today to tell you all about one of my nearest and dearest, Wilbur Vintage.  I've known Dan Wilbur (owner and proprietor) for almost a decade now and ours is the kind of friendship that feels so instantaneous that the possibility of having met in other lifetimes isn't even questioned.  It's just understood. 
Gold shirt under black sweater from Wilbur-I'm posing with Cesar Galindo & model for his Fall '13 shoot.
Sweater again, in 2010
Dan has unparalleled taste in clothing and what makes him such a valuable asset to any woman's wardrobe is that he knows what women look good in.  Also, he's not afraid to tell you when something is not working on your body.  He understands that we all are built differently, and can see us through an unbiased filter- not the one we see ourselves through which can be tinted with flaw seeking shame or dumb shit we've been told by vampires who pose as people close to us in our formative years.

Recently I was getting dressed for an event and realised just about everything I wear is from Wilbur.  Especially clothes for events where I know I'm going to be photographed.  Without a doubt almost every time I leave the house, I can look down and see at least one piece from Wilbur Vintage on my body- dress, shoes, belt, scarf, shirt, gloves, anything and everything that looks good comes from this magical place.

Here's a brief video  from The American Hipster series in which I am lovingly ensconced in one my my favorite Wilbur blouses:



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. eating
3D printing
a very special
Abbas Akhavan
accessories
airbrush
airplanes
alice in wonderland
aliens
almost home
amc
america
andria morales
angel of death
animals
anne of green gables
annie
antique
antler
antlers
apacolypse
art
art show
art star
articulation
artist
atlanta falcons
auction
AUTASTIC
autistic
awesome
awkward
axe muderer?
babies
baby
baculum
bam
banstable ball
barter
bat
bath
bear
bear skin rug
bearskin rug
beautiful
beauty
bell house
beth beverly
bette davis
bill bill
birch
bird
birds
birthday
birthday gift
black
black bird
black birds
black cock
blam
bloof
blue
blue foam
blue gill
body
bombs
bone
boner
bones
booth
boots
booze
borders
boring
borrowed
boxes
brain
brandywine
bridal
bridal hair piece
bride
brooch
buck
buck brannaman
bufflehaed
bufflehead
burger
busy
buying shit sucks
bye bye
calling
camera
canada
candle
candy
cape
career
caribou
cat
cat food
cats
celt
chain
chains
champagne
charity
charm
cheese
cherie lily
chicken
chickens
chihuahua
childhood
christmas
classic cars
classy
claw
claws
clay is hard
clean
cleanliness is godliness
client
coat
cock
cocktails
coffee
cold
collaboration
collar
comb
combs
comedy
commercial mount
commision
compassion
competition
connection
contest
contest judge me
coodoo
cooking
cool
country
country music
cowboy
coyote
craft
craft show
crazy
creative kid
crooch
crossbow
cruelty
cruise
crystal
crystals
cuba
cuck
custom
cute
dandy
dark
darling
darlings
death
decoration
deep
deep thought
deer
deer hoof
devil
devon
diamond tooth
diamonds
different minds
difficult
dip
dirty bird
dog
dong
donuts
dora
doug bucci
dove
down south
drake
dram catcher
dream
drinking
drinking amp; hatting
duck
ducks
duncan trussell
dying
early
earrings
eating meat
eggs
elvis
emotional
emotions
end of the world
energy
epoxy
equestrian
ethics
ew
explore
Extra Extra
eyepatch
factory farming
fan
fancy
fantasy
farm
fascinator
fascinators
fashion
fashion night out
fashion turd
fast cars
fat
FDA
feathers
feelings
felt
fetus
filegree
fire
fish
fix
flair
flying
food
foot
foster the people
fox
Friday Night Lights
fringe
fun
fun fashion
fundraiser
funeral
funt
fur
garland
gay pass
gellery
gems
gender roles
georgia pellegrini
gift
glamour puss
glass
glass bead
goat
gold
Good bye
good eats
good life
goose
gosling
goth
gothic
grease
green
grey
grief
gross
grouse
guns
guts
gypsy
hair
hair fashion
hair piece
hair pieces
hairstick
hands
happy
hard knock life
hat
hate mail
hats
head
head piece
help
hen
hen egg
hero
hide
hike
holes
holiday
hollywood
home
homewares
homey
honey west
hoop
horns
horse
horse poop
horses
horseshoe
huate couture
huh
hunt
hunter
hunting
i get so emotional baby
i like to win
i love you
I'm bored
i'm goign cross eyed with this shit
i'm rich
ID cuff
immortalized
infestation
international
islands
jackalope
jacket
jade
jaw
jesus
jewelry
job
judge me
judgement
julep ball
junction
kat von d
kentucky derby
kentucky oaks
kids
kiki hughes
kind
kitchen
kombucha
LA
la luz de jesus gallery
lace
ladies
ladies hats
ladies who lunch
lamb
lapel pin
lapin
last day
last ride
learning curve
lessons
life
light
little house
locket
lonely
look at me
losers
love
luck
M.A.R.T.
magic
mail
make it yourself
make me a star
mallard
maria eife
marriage
maya escobar
meal
meat
memorial day
men
merganser
messy
MIA
mice
michael jackson
milinery
millenary
millinery
millneary
mind fuck
mink
minks
mojo
molting
moose
morals
mountain folk
mourning dove
mouse
movie
movies
mrs. hannigan
music
mutant
my friends are great
my husband is awesome
my perogative
natasha leggero
native american
naughty
neo-hippie
new
new age
new pieces
new york
nice life
nourish
novelty taxidermy
nursery
nuts
oil
old
oops
open mount
open mouth
organic
organise
osteo
oysters
paint
party girls
peacock
pearl
pearls
pegleg
pelt
penis
perch
permits
personal
pet
pet taxidermy
pets
peurto rican funerals
pheasant
philadelphia style
philly
philly chit chat
photo shoot
photography
pigeon
pimped out
pin
pink
pipe
pirate
plastic
please look at me
poachers
pocono pudge
polish hen
politics
polo
polo. hats
ponies
possum
prairie
Press
pretty
pretty fur
project
psycho
quail
rabbit
raccoon
raccoon. fox
rachel zoe
racoon
Radnor hunt
raibow connection
rare
razzle dazzle
real food
rebirth
recipe
red
red tape
refurbish
reggae
rehab
repair
restoration
road trip
robbed
rogue
rooster
rug
rules
rut
sad
sadistic
saints
schlong
school
school children
sculpt
sculpture
sewing
sex
sexy
shell
shetland
shiny
shooting
shot
show
sick
sick cat
side saddle
silly
silver
skeksies
skin
skinning
skull
sledding
smelly
smile
smoke
snacks
snow
socialites
space time love
spandex
spanish
spanish moss
sparkle
sparkly
SPCA
special
spells
spodee
squirrel
squirrel fish
star
starling
starlings
steeple chase
stick
stickpin
stink
stinky
stressful
strippers
studio
susan scovill
swarovski
swarovski crystals
sweet
tacidermy
tags
talon
talons
tan
tanning
tasty
taxidermy
tea
teen witch
teeth
television
temple grandin
thank you
thankful
the good life
thinking
tongue
trade
tradition mount
traditional
travel
trophy mount
trout
trust
twenty4twenty
unicorn
universe
update
USA
USDA
valentines day
vegetarian
veiwing
venison
vertabrae
vest
vibes
victorian
video
vintage
visor
viva la revolucian
voodoo
wake
warm
washed up hags with frizzy hair and intamacy issues
wasn't me
watering can
wearable
wedding
werk
what am I doing
what the hell happened
white
white rabbit
white tail
whole foods
wildlife
wing
wings
winner
winning
wish it were 4 minutes in real life
witch
women are the shit
work
wow
yay
yuck
yum
yum beer
yummy