We create custom, fantasy inspired osteological displays, as well as oddity necklaces and gothic themed decor. We use animal bones as a main attraction to our creations. Of course, all of our specimens are ethically sourced. We find them ourselves, which means we go out to different parts of the country in search of our specimens in their natural habitat (sometimes this means road kill). We are also fortunate to have them donated to us from various sources, i.e. animal hospitals and farm/land owners.We do not have our creations manufactured. For each project, we modify everything ourselves, making each piece 100% one of a kind and unique. We have a fascination with the obscure and we want to create these pieces that anyone can have in their home as a reminder of our own mortality.The decor that we build in with our creations are found by us and then modified accordingly. We search endlessly in thrift shops, antique malls, swap meets, estate sales, prop shops and more to find just the right piece to fit the osteological artefact we have in mind. Our goal is to appeal to the ones who find beauty in death and want to collect reminders of what once was. But, we like to think of our work like the 13th floor… it’s what you make of it. We are always on the hunt for new inspiration, but it really comes down to what we find. The materials we have can be a big deciding factor in the “putting the puzzle together” process. We both love the feeling of being able to look at one item, a wall sconce or a paper roll holder or bookends, and see this whole spectrum of possibilities from the specimens we find. It’s very rewarding to focus your energy on learning about and creating something that will, hopefully, leave an impression on those who see it.Before we can put together a piece, we have to have the specimens to work with. Once we have obtained our “treasures” we have to take them home and get them cleaned. Now there are several ways to go about cleaning the specimens. Due to our conditions, we have chosen the methods best suited for us. Now, depending on how much carcass is left on the bone, depends on the method of cleaning we use. But, for the most part, de-fleshing the animal isn’t something we have to do, too often. This is where Mike takes control because quite frankly, the horrendous smell that comes out of our crockpot is enough to burn the hairs off your eyelids. He jokes and calls it *insert whatever animal is decomposing* Stew. So, once the bones have simmered in that crockpot for however long it takes, it’s time to dump out the water and clean the bones. Once a thorough cleaning has been completed, we soak them in hydrogen peroxide for 24 hours. After that, we’ve got ourselves some pretty good looking specimens and can then move forward in the decor creating process.Our work is decor that features the beauty of an altered-reality revolving around life and death. Some cases of animal brutality we find is left as evidence on a lot of the animals we find post-mortem. Eventually, we want to make a piece or series that showcases this violence to spread awareness.Having a well rounded education is important and beneficial for everyone. That being said, neither of us have a college degree. It’s not that we didn’t want to pursue our education further, it’s more along the lines of “life happens.” We both had to work in order to live and working became the substitute for college. In our case, it has worked out just fine. Because of the life skills we have gained through our experiences, what we are doing has happened naturally and is always evolving to adapt to the new knowledge we gain every day.Our one tip… make sure it’s dead before you put it in the car.
Photography by Jason R. Martinez @Jmarsuperstar
Makeup by Sarah Nelson @sarahnelsonmakeup