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Unicorn skin rug by CindarellaPop Unicorn skin rug by CindarellaPop
After much cutting, soaking, drying, carving, sewing, ripping-out-stitches in frustration, stabbing myself in the hand with an awl and other general work related hazards, the unicorn skin rug is done.

His head form is a bit too small, but I feel like I managed to make him look "unicorny" other than just "goaty." Which is what the skin is, it came from a domestic goat that lived on a farm where someone raises them for meat, milk and pets. She runs her own tannery and is a gifted taxidermist. *Minotaur-Queen

The 'mane' is angora goat hair. Next time I try something like this, I might try hair that stays together better like horse hair, this wool is very curly and nice but it doesn't make for very good long flowy manes.

His horn is a deer-tine that's been painted in gold leafing. It's hard to see, but his hooves have been likewise gilded, and he's got custom-painted blue glass eyes. He's definitely got some problems with the stitching behind his head (mostly covered up by his mane) and doesn't have an attached liner to his leather side, and for that reason I won't offer him for sale, but he is up for a trade.

Just to recoup the pelt itself, I'll say I'll trade it for any taxidermy quality pelt (bigger than an ermine or squirrel, lol) if you can't trade but want to bid, contact me and make a reasonable offer.
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Avalon-Angel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you still have this unicorn? I will be attempting to learn to hunt this summer and then hunt some coyote etc this winter. Basically I'll be hunting fur-bearers. I could trade you one for this unicorn. Of course, I need to hunt down etc said yote. lol
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The unicorn sold on ebay not too long ago, but the seller has so far refused to pay me. If you drop me a note when you have the item you'd like to trade him for there's a decent chance I'll still have it.
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Promandis Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is way too cool. The more I see what you do the more I want to get into taxidermy.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's tons of fun, but it's expensive, difficult and often painful. Still, I love it so far.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
And the lesson here: Don't sleep in the middle of the road, or Mommy Fortuna will run your one-horned ass over!


"Dead Horse".
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
She got run down by a Mac truck while walking Man's Road, I'm afraid.
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sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Go and ask the magpie! Now that he's a woman.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Goodness, everything is strange.
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TraurigerFechter Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Somebody might step on the horn. ^^;
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
not if you don't keep him on the floor. (Which most of the people who have rugs actually don't, they can get damaged or dirty way too easily on the floor D: )
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