Taxidermy Barn Owl Installation

Taxidermy Barn Owl Installation


I recently completed a lovely Barn Owl Commission, you can read up about this project and what a nightmare I had with it in a previous blog post here

This morning, I went round to my customers house to install the Barn Owl on an incredible piece of oak branch they found and installed in their house!

I was SO pleased that she fit on there perfectly, because normally I would mount the taxidermy on to the piece of wood I intend to use for it’s permanent perch to make sure the feet are positioned nicely on it. So I was pleasantly surprised when it all worked out, especially with the addition of the little vole I added under her talons.

Taxidermy Barn Owl

But in this case I had to do a bit of guess work and temporarily perch her on an old piece of wood I had until I installed her on the oak branch. She looks right at you as you walk in the door, take a look!

Happy Customers=Happy Krysten!

‘Vulture Culture’ inspired T-shirts

‘Vulture Culture’ T-shirts

A few years ago, I had my own T-shirt brand called ‘Awfully Good Apparel’ where I applied my own illustrations and designs onto various apparel. It was mostly an extension of a college project and I thought it could go somewhere, but as I had uni and other commitments, unfortunately didn’t have the time to pursue it.

I loved getting the T-shirts back from the printers and sending them off all over the world!

As the I intentionally set up the ‘Taxidermy Co.’ brand as a platform to sell all kinds of natural history related items, not just taxidermy, I am toying with the idea of illustrating a few designs to get printed on T-shirts in the near future.

The designs will be inspired by the natural world and will appeal (hopefully) to nature lovers that appreciate all things living (and dead!). You can expect designs that feature skeletal structures, botanical elements and all that is flora and fauna.

I’m working on a design right now, featuring a griffin vulture that I’m drawing by hand using a dot work technique – VERY tedious but the end result will be worth it. Depending on how things turn out, I may start a kickstarter campaign, I’ve never done one before so it should be exciting!

Let me know what you think so far, feel free to follow my progress on Instagram and other social media!


– Krysten

Taxidermy Peacock – Work In Progress

Taxidermy Peacock

I feel so honoured and very fortunate to work with such a majestic, beautiful bird! He’s a black shouldered peacock (male peafowl).

This project took an awful lot of work, but the end result is so worth it and I’m very happy with how he has turned out.

It’s the biggest bird I’ve worked on to date and whilst it’s much the same process as any other bird, the long train was what made this project different to anything I have done.

After I skinned the bird, I had to remove the train and under tail coverts in order to clean them properly as the many quills of the train are incredibly fatty and it just made the whole process a lot easier than having the rest of the skin attached, plus there’s less risk of spoiling the rest of the skin whilst cleaning it!

After I salted the train for 24 hours to train the moisture out, I thoroughly washed and cleaned in between each quill to remove all of the fat then layered on the preservation paste. I then cut out a chunk of my foam mannequin to set the train and tail coverts separately on it with fast setting car body filler.

Once that was all set, I mounted the rest of the skin like I would any other bird, attached him to the antique wooden base then re-attached the train and tail to complete – viola!

All in all, he’s taken approx. 20 hours so far. I have to spend another hour or so doing the final finishing touches to his face then he’s all done!

This magnificent specimen will be for sale once he’s complete, but if you want to get in early to make reservations please get in touch: [email protected]



P.S no part of this bird was wasted, the meat was donated to a local ferret keeper and hotel, it went down a treat apparently!

Taxidermy Barn Owl Commission

I started putting back together this little beauty today. A beautiful female Barn Owl (Tyto alba).

She was sadly recovered by the side of the road after getting tangled in some brambles. She was also covered in blow fly eggs and nearly aborted the project this morning but with a LOT of patience, cleaning and preening things are starting to come together again, and I’m so glad they are!

A little mouse is going to go under her talons to complete, then it’s going to be installed on a custom piece of wood in my clients house.

I will post pictures once she’s finished 🙂




Taxidermy Red Fox Soft Mount Commission Complete!

Taxidermy Red Fox Soft Mount

I’ve recently completed this lovely chap! A commission from a friend that found this poor boy by the side of the road. He had quite a lot of damage to one side of his face so I had to do some repairs using some scrap bits of fur I had.

A lot of work went in to him and it’s quite a labour intensive project, but I’m happy with how he turned out! I hope his new owner loves him just as much.

A ‘Soft Mount’ is a process where the head of the animal is traditionally mounted, but instead of mounting the skin to a crafted form, the skin is treated, tanned and broken so it’s flexible, armature is made and teddybear like material is used to fill the skin, making the fox flexible, posable and cuddly!

Soft Mount commissions are available upon request (Subject to stock availability) please get in touch if you’re interested.



– Krysten

My taxidermy dreams came true!

I’ve been on a peafowl breeders waiting list for a while now…on Friday I got the call that a beautiful male peacock was available. I’m absolutely mesmerised by his colours! Honestly feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now.

I’m currently in the process of treating the magnificent train and tail of his. I’ll make another post soon of the progress I’ve made on him! Or view ‘my story’ as it’s happening on Instagram @TaxidermyCo

This taxidermy peacock will eventually be for sale.




Taxidermy Soft Mount Fox Commission

I’m currently working on a soft mount taxidermy fox for a customer. A ‘Soft Mount’ is a process where the head of the animal is traditionally mounted, but instead of mounting the skin to a crafted form, the skin is treated, tanned and broken so it’s flexible, armature is made and teddybear like material is used to fill the skin, making the fox flexible, posable and cuddly!


As he is a roadkill fox, he has some damage to his face that I am going to have to repair, but over all he is in fantastic condition and has the most luxurious, fluffy winter coat on him!

I have some work to do on him yet but I will be sure to post finished pictures of him soon.

Hope everyone is having a great Easter!

– Krysten

Taxidermy Water Shrew Project

Taxidermy Water Shrew Project

I recently got commissioned by a The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire to process a little Eurasian Water Shrew (Neomys fodiens) that they found deceased.

Iain Webb from the wildlife trust thought it would be a great idea to have the specimen mounted up for educational purposes, to note the features that distinguish it from the other species of shrew, which include the line of hairs under the tail forming a keel, the fringe of hairs around its feet to help with swimming, and the whiskers on its snout, the vibrissae, to help it search for food.

Although the water shrew is fairly larger compared to their common cousins, it was still a very small little animal, the smallest animal that I have worked with so far. It was extremely fiddly and a challenge to complete, especially installing his 1mm eyes, but I am happy with the final outcome!

I placed the Water Shrew on a habitat base that I prepared earlier, made from carved foam airbrushed to replicate a rock and clear resin to imitate the water.

I just need to paint a few areas then he will be done! Better photos to follow soon.

Thank you for reading!

– Krysten

Sleeping Mice Commission

Custom Taxidermy Commission

Here’s a little something I worked on recently!

I got a commission from someone wanting some custom sleeping mice arranged in a circle for a special, unique birthday gift for someone.
It was a challenge posing them in to an almost perfect circle, but I liked the final outcome and the little glass dome finishes it of nicely.

If you want to commission me to create a custom piece of taxidermy, don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

I’d love to  hear your ideas 🙂



‘The Highbury Squirrel’

I recently received an exciting commission by GBH London who were working on behalf of a client to make a bespoke friendly, chunky taxidermy squirrel for an instillation.
They wanted to recreate the moment a mischievous squirrel ran on to the pitch during a football match at Arsenal Football Club.

This little guy is now running along a beam, on display at the Puma Box at the Arsenal Football Club, which is pretty darn cool!

I tried to reflect his cheeky character, GBH kindly sent me a quick snap of him in action:IMG_2465

Would you believe it, he even has his own twitter account?!

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If you’re looking to own your own bespoke piece of taxidermy, do get in touch today so we can discuss your project!


Taxidermy Hedgehog

Taxidermy Hedgehog (Pet)


Towards the end of last year, my best friend’s pet African Pygmy Hedgehog unfortunately passed away. She asked me to reincarnate her deceased pet hedgehog ‘Nerisa Prickles’ in taxidermy form, so she could keep her forever! It was a bit nerve-wracking as this would be my first ‘pet’ commission, plus I’ve never worked on a hedgehog before and I had no idea what they’d be like to skin and process. Turns out, it was relatively easy, apart from the prickly spines stabbing you in the palm every second! The only thing I noticed was the high fat content of the hedgehog, it was much more so than the other animals I have processed due to them being hibernating animals, they rely on their high fat content to get them through the winter! So lots of thorough cleaning involved.
After she dried out, I finished the little hedgehog by airbrushing a little bit of colour on her face and feet and added some gloss varnish to the nose for that cute ‘wet nose’ look. Here is the end result!

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