WAIT IS IT ACTUALLY GENUINELY A THING THAT AMERICANS DON’T HAVE KETTLES?
BUT THEN HOW DO THEY MAKE TEA?!
by throwing it into the harbor
doomed-shadow asked: Wait wait wait so is it better to purchase taxidermy quality furs, or are regular skins okay too? I mean, they won't be stuffed (I think) and I don't plan on doing crafts with them. Maybe a keychain or two, but I can find tails like that?
If you’re not planning on doing anything to them - no headdress-ing, no mounting, no soft mounting - yourself or having it done - then no, it’s not needed! “Taxidermy Quality” usually only means it has all, 100% of its parts (which is why I go for TQ), as well as its ear cartilage, its lips, its eyelids, and enough skin/no damage that it could be mounted. Some non-TQ things can be headdresses, as long as the face is TQ.
You can use non-TQ furs for craft purposes only, i.e. get a coyote for 15 bucks and then cut it up to use the fur in charms or as ruffs on a coat or w/e your preference is. I don’t do that but I’m a loser and also can’t craft well just yet xD
Tail wise specifically, there’s not really a TQ for that. You do get tails with “breaks” in them, which means that the leather is broken and only the fur is holding the tail together (my prized baby whitemark girl has a terribly broken tail, but it’s part of her character and she’s not mountable anyways cause she’s too old.) which are not worth it if the tail is a common one, but may be worth it on super super rare ones (like idk, wolf or tanuki or something fukken weird like a coati) (whispers I want a coati pelt so bad I lost one on dA ages ago and sobbed like a child)
ANY…WAYS… the other two things to look for in a tail is 1) always look at the leather. If it is greasy, nasty, brown (like earwax) or yellow (Also like less nasty earwax) or waxy in general do not buy it. Stay away. These will just snap and break and be terrible tails in general. You want a nice, white, or occasionally cream or yellowish tint, soft leather. Another thing here; I HATE dyed tails with all of my passion and soul and heart, and checking the leather will help tell if a tail/pelt is dyed or not. If the leather is obviously black then no, I’m sorry, you have not stumbled upon a Super Rare Melanistic Wolf Tail it’s a dyed fox. I probably hate dyed things so much because too many people tried to pass them off as ~rare~ and ~weird~ ones. They’re not.
A second thing to check is the tip. ESPECIALLY ON FOXES. If it doesn’t have a white tip CHECK IT. I can take pictures for comparison later if you want, but basically if the tail looks short or doesn’t end in a nice V point of fur it’s probably missing the tip, and you can tell very easily. Look at the bottom of it, where the “tip”/end is, and try to find the leather. If you see a little weird o shape of leather then bingo, you have a missing tip. If you do not see that weird little thing, a second check is to find the butt end of the leather, and if it’s been split down to the tip to make getting the bone/muscle/etc out easier, follow that leather down with your finger to the end of the tail. This is Very Easy to do on large animals like my cougar, but Very Hard to do on smaller animals like foxes. As well, sometimes people have magical tail tools and they leave the skin intact in a tube shape, and then you can’t run down to the end. This is rarer as it’s harder to do, but it does happen.
In all the tails I’ve ever looked at, I’ve only ever come across one that wasn’t just a missing tip. 99.999999999% of red fox tails will look like this, with a very distinct white tip. I own a weird mutant red fox tail that has no white tip, and I confirmed with the largest taxidermy organization in the Southern US that it’s not dyed or otherwise messed with, it’s Really a Weird Mutation.
I’m really upset cause the Paideia people never got back to me, so I guess that’ll be next year, but you have convinced me that I should run a “general questions/COME LOOK AT MY DEAD SHIT” livestream to just answer neat questions like this and display my babies live. And I can do it in the comfort of my own room!
doomed-shadow asked: Oh my gosh I finally understand. You once said that a pelt speaks to you, and you just really NEED that pelt that speaks to you. My eyes got wide, my jaw dropped, and I stared for a good ten minutes. If only I had the funds before I looked! Seriously, thank you so much for the resources you've given me! It means a lot to have your help, and I respect you greatly. Not that I didn't before, because I did. <333
doomed-shadow asked: Okay for the fur prices... What would you say is the average price of a well done fox? A Wolf? What about a small bobcat of some sort? I payed like 15 bucks at a Ren Fair for a fox tail, and I was wondering if that was ripping me off or what. I really like having the tail and my rabbit furs, so I wanted to invest in more soft happiness of the fur variety. Are there any other animals you really like that are... affordable and pleasing to the eye? I'm just so curious.
I’m gonna start off with, “What makes a good pelt?”
If you’re like me, and you want all of the pieces, then you’re first off looking for a checklist, basically. Does it have ears? Eyes — as in, nice looking eye holes, not too big or ripped open? Can its ears stand on their own, or have they been weirdly stripped like the ones on my silver? Does it have a lower jaw and a nose? No weird rips in the face? Does it have ALL of its tail (for foxes, usually this means “does it have a white tip” but just make sure it isn’t chopped off or something.)? Does it have ALL feet, ALL with claws, ALL with pads? That’s the most usual thing gone.
Second thing is the leather. Online, you usually have to trust the word of the person. In person yourself, however, test it - is it brittle? Or supple and soft? Does it stretch, or at least NOT tear when it is pulled on? Is the fur tightly set in the pelt? Does it have pelt rot or slipped areas - e.g. no fur, rough and breakable leather, delicate skin, etc?
And then for specific animals you end up looking for specific things. I personally find myself after “young” animals; I have a fox that’s only a couple summers old, a wolf who’s still a “yearling” or young wolf, and a little baby cougar (she’s tiny compared to a normal cougar). This all just *happened* without my particularly wanting or looking for it. You’ll find your preference eventually c: Maybe you like reds, like Ray does, or maybe you’re after mutants, or who knows! Just go with it.
Fox,depending on what you’re looking for, can range anywhere from 80-100. I’ve gotten my red for 80, and my silver as well, although she’s not at all taxidermy quality. Others, like my little whitemark girl, can cost anything from 175 (I got lucky) to 400+ if it’s a rare mutation or rare gene coloration of fox. It also depends on the market; I know the year I got my silver EVERYBODY had them and wanted them GONE, but the very next year there wasn’t a soul you could find selling them. So, obviously, prices changed c:
The only bobcat I have ever bought was $215, however I bought her off Ebay and felt like I had shot myself in the foot; her tan was horrific and hard and nasty smelling. I never did fix her, but traded her and a grey to a friend for a nice sheep (and I believe they managed to mount her. So!)
Tails should probably never be sold for more than $30. $15 for a fox tail is completely reasonable, you can get crap tails for $5 if you’re lucky but as long as it’s nice and clean and puffy $15 is a fair price. Do not pay ~40 for a tail, especially not one at a ren faire, they will not have whatever they think they have (and sometimes you find the weirdest shit and they have no idea what they have).
Good rule is to know your types and know your tails. Red and Silver and Cross are fairly common, so are Arctic and sometimes grey, but when you get like fire and ice and whitemark and platinum and pearl.. anything with a weird name is worth higher. People will even sell tails for 40-60$, although I personally will not pay that for a tail, not even a red whitemark or w/e. It just isn’t worth it to me.
Let’s see… Honestly foxes are the best variety, although they can get pricey, but the other good one is coyotes. Man, you think they’re all boring and red but you are so wrong. If you get lucky you can find all sorts of these buggers, they’re incredible and so resilient and man I need to get me some more coyote pelts.
If you really wanna treat yourself, try to get a wolf or a lynx or a bear or whatever you want - Lynx start at 250 and wolves range from there up to 400+, but man they are such a treat. And, if you’re smart and lucky, and you stalk places like HideandFur, or GlacierWear, or other sites, you can get NICE stuff for fair/cheap. (Also, if you don’t care about feets, you can get a nice pelt for a lot less)
Another thing that’s neat to get is deer - I don’t like hooved animals because I’m weird, although I want to get my hands on a full Mule Deer pelt for a mounted headdress at some point, but lots of people do.
Here is a neat list of pelts (for sale!). You can also look on Etsy and dA, although for the love of gods do NOT go to Ebay, I have never ever gotten a good pelt from Ebay. I don’t know if I’m just not lucky, but ALL of their pelts suck butts from what I’ve seen.
Good people on Etsy… NaturePunk, theGreenWolf, GlacierWear, CoyoteStar, DolsrinProducts, and Furries. They’re just who I’ve got in my Etsy favorite shops, so look yourself! Good keywords are “pelt” “skin” “real” “fur” etc.
ALSO A FINAL NOTE! It is ILLEGALto buy domestic cat and dog fur in the USA. It is also illegalto own most birds, bird feathers, and bird parts. PLEASE CHECK YOUR STATE LAWS. I used to live in TX, so I didn’t have to worry about anything, but now that I reside in OR for college, I can no longer buy bear or cougar pelts OR parts. Doooon’t try to get around this, ask family members for gifts for xmas or shit to get them to buy it legally and give it to you cause you can’t. Or move somewhere it’s always legal haha.
sometimes i forget how big horses can be i mean
do you just ever get so mad that you mentally insult every single thing that people do around you
"hey i finished this question" good for you little fucking brat like wow didnt anyone teach you not to boast