This cute little guy died of natural causes. I’d wager this macabre bird head pendant necklace would make it appear as though a sweet bird is growing from the wearer’s chest. $350 on Etsy. [Thanks, Moxie!]


Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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  • six

    Crude and distasteful. Please refrain from posting crafts containing recognizable bodies of the dead.

  • Lily Dustbin

    is that even legal?? wow.

  • Jess

    ACK!!! I love you guys, but… ACK! ACK!!! ACK!!!!!

  • kimberly

    Has it really escaped you notice that every time you have posted something of this nature, the *overwhelming* response has been negative? Clearly your readers do not want to see disembodied animal parts.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! Beautifully crafted works of art.

  • Jennifer

    I’m not interested in seeing hacked up bodies of dead animals. It would be great if you would leave this kind of stuff off the site.

  • Savannah

    My first thought is that it’s gross, but different strokes for different folks.

  • Kit

    Lovely. While not my flavor of taxidermy -or- jewelry, this is a nice and very interesting piece.
    For those interested in something similar, keep in mind that unless you have a license, it is illegal to possess parts of any wild bird except for pigeons, English sparrows, and starlings thanks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
    Regardless of the nay-sayers, I totally approve of stuff like this being posted. It gives a nice look into the other side of the craft spectrum that few get to see. All of the taxidermy articles posted have been extremely tasteful in their content. Keep doing what you’re doing, CRAFT!

  • Anonymous

    The title of the article says it all if you are not into looking at dead things dont look. Taxidermy is an art and quite crafty as well. It deserves as much respect as anything else on the site. get over it and stop looking at these types of articles if you are going to be offended

  • Anonymous

    tacky and distasteful. animals should not be worn as “art” or jewelry. it just perpetuates the idea that they are objects and not beings of their own right. would people think this was “lovely” if it was a piece of grandma?
    i certainly won’t be wearing any of my companion animals once they are deceased.

  • six

    It can’t be ignored because it’s on the front page. The kind thing to do would be to warn sensitive readers that a possibly distressing image is shown after they click.

  • HM

    These are some of the most horrible things I’ve ever seen. This is mutilation and barbaric. I had no idea this blog would condone this type of work. I am very disappointed.

  • Carrie

    I agree and disagree, I think that this is a bit distasteful, but as others mentioned, Taxidermy is an art. It is a craft. It fits with the spirit of Craftzine. This site wouldn’t be very good if it only posted projects/crafts that everyone agreed with.

  • Lisa

    Boo to those who want to censor the arts and crafts here. Boo boo boooooo. So its not your cup of tea, so what. Its a dead birds head thats been made into a wearable. I wouldnt choose to wear this particular piece but I respect the idea behind it.
    Grow up.
    Its one persons art.
    Don’t like it?
    Move on.
    THANK goodness we all have a CHOICE to like it or not and a forum to see it.

  • Anonymous

    shut up, lisa.

  • Anonymous

    Aww whats wrong? Dont want anyone to have an opinion that differs from yours?
    Get over yerself….Troll.

  • Anonymous

    Nice. Shut up yourself.
    You are a douche bag.
    Happy Hollidays!

  • Left Wondering

    This is just weird.

  • Anonymous

    would you dorks stop telling people to “get over themselves”?

  • nan

    this is just about the nastiest “creation” I’ve seen in a long time. Yuck.

  • Amy

    Very distressing and upsetting.

  • octopod

    I gather that even cruelty-free taxidermy is a bit adventurous for your audience here; there’s a proper fainting fit going on in the comments. Too bad — LovedToDeath does lovely work, “crude” is hardly the word.

  • Ashley Burress

    very, very beautiful work. I love everything you make! Have you heard of a girl named Jessica Joslin? Look her up on myspace. Instead of using taxidermy, she uses bones/skeletons. It’s quite amazing!

  • MegnificentMade

    I dont see the need to get so upset, they specified that the animal died of natural causes. We wear leather why not feather? leather rarely comes from animals that die from natural causes. I think it’s creative and unique…bit morbid…but beautiful in its own way.

  • Anonymous

    Where does one draw the line on this so called art? Will you feature amputated human parts or bones? Human skin lampshades?? There is all kids of so called art out there. At some point a line must be drawn, we are evolved humans I think!!!!
    This is backward thinking as far as I’m concerned.

  • Becky Stern

    Yeah, I’d post jewelry made from human bones, so long as the human died of natural causes! The lampshade, notsomuch.

  • Amy

    Horrible and disturbing.

  • Lexi

    I find it pretty disturbing & distasteful too… this is a pacific parrotlet and mine who looked just like this was killed… really bothered me to see in it this way. I understand taxidermy is an art, doesn’t make this any less hard to look at. I’d be even more disturbed if I saw someone actually wearing this.

  • wildwillow

    I thought we would beyond “dead animal” decor. Apparently we have a way to go.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, that’s not an entirely accurate assessment as any bird covered under the act you mentioned cannot be kept as a pet either. If this animals was legally kept as a pet, it is legal to posses as a piece of taxidermy.