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“Loved to Death” Taxidermy Jewelry

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!]

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62 thoughts on ““Loved to Death” Taxidermy Jewelry

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.
    Nemaste!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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