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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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TraurigerFechter Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But if it's not kept on the floor than is it really a rug?
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes. People hang rugs on walls all the time. It's location doesn't make it no longer a rug. I can put a painting on the floor and it doesn't become not a painting.
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TraurigerFechter Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose that's true.
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GalacticGoat Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is pretty damn epic :o awesome job
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
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Weavrrcat Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Y'know I think I have a better solution than angora or horse-hair: Lincoln Sheep Wool. It's more wavy and less curly. It would add length to the mane rather than volume. ;)

I love this. Lovely, lovely work. And the gilt hooves and eyes make this so beautiful. <3
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Lincoln sheep wool? I'll definitely have to look it up. The angora is really fine but the hairs themselves are really short and they're more "clumps" of wool than actual strands of it. Maybe Lincoln sheep would be a good compromise. Thank you!
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Weavrrcat Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's longer wool and I'm sure you could find a scrap hide with the wool on it to splice into the neck-mane. I've used it for felting projects as hair and tail-tips and feathering on horse-figures. But almost any type of long-wool breed will do. Romney is good too but is a bit fine. The Lincoln is just... soft and silky and really pretty. Hooray for wool felting-knowledge having some use! You're very welcome! I look forward to seeing more projects like this. ;)
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It looks like a lot of this stuff is good for felting too... which is cool because I've wanted to get into felting for the longest time so now I'll have an excuse to because I'll have all this wool. :lol:
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Apina007 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what the fuck..
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
A former goat has become a unicorn. Sparkle sparkle sparkle.
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Apina007 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is.. awesome
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you.:D
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT. IS. EPIC. EPIC I tell you!
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
HEHEH THANKS
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I totes had some fur to trade I would...

Hmmm... I wonder if mom's going to do anything with that full wolf skin....
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I would shit my pants in happy for a wolfskin.
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm. Lemme ask mom about it then. I have no idea of the condition. It's been in the freezer for a couple of years. I have no idea if it's even still there, knowing my parental units. They are notorious for not caring for shit.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The freezer? lol. If it's in a freezer, has it been tanned at all or is it still "meaty?"
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onemeanmotherfokker Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL I dunno, I don't even know if it's been tanned or not. Fresh ones might be more of a problem. They were SUPPOSED to send it to a tanner, but my parents actually DOING what they say is about as rare as hell. They are the original "mmm yeah, we'll do it" *never gets done* hippies.

I seriously sold my 10-speed before my stupid pothead father ever fixed the goddamned thing. FIVE YEARS after I sold it, he goes "I can fix your bike now" and got all pissy at me when I told him I sold it. Pissy as in "beat the shit out of me" WTF parents.

Mom's easier to approach. I can ask her. There might also be some furs from the estate sale that we can't sell that I'll see if I can get for you.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, those jerks, hahaha. Let me know if you've got anything fun. I'd love to see this guy go to a good home.
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