Preserved squid sculptures!

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  1. Paradox

    Paradox Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    Im making a series of preserved squids as sculptures...Heres my first one which was basically done to learn the best ways to preserve them. My future ones will have more artistic flare to them. This guy is 2 feet long!

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    What do you think?? Gross?? Cool??

    Makes a good spooky nightlight :lol:
     
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    main_board Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    Very cool! Look forward to seeing more. Out of curiousity, which species is that?

    Cheers!
     
  3. Paradox

    Paradox Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    Im actually not positive about the species, but I suspect it may be a small humbolt squid. If I look closely on some of its suckers on its feeding tentacles, there are circular serated edges.
     
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    :cool:

    Can I have it?
     
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    No. Me, me me!
     
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    Glorious work!
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Nice! I want one! :D
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Very cool.......now to raid the lab reference collection :twisted:

    J
     
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    Thanks for the comments!!! Im probably going to sell some soon. However, theres a lot to think about in how I would ship them to people since they are big and heavy. About 2 gallons of liquid to preserve some of these big guys!! Materials such as gthe glass and wood makes these guys not cheap to make. Then theres also the availaility of a good specimen.

    I actually just made a cthulu head today....Ill post pics after it is fully preserved. Im trying to get a few ready for an art show in a couple months.. Hope I didnt gross anyone out!!
     
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    What do you use to preserve them? If you steep them in Formalin for a few days/weeks, and then drain and wash them you can just send the preserved animal in the glass tank and add a label "Just add water!" The formalin inside the cells already means that it'll be pretty much indesrtuctible.

    Graeme
     
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    Nope! for good preservation you need to store it in some form of alcohol....usually ethanol or isopropyl alcohol (the latter being the best!).

    Water is a universal solvent and will eventually destroy your specimen!

    J
     
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    How about tequila? I'm going to have a nice new bar in my nice new basement in 2-3 months...
     
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    No more long baths, I'm washing with ethanol from now on!

    Melissa
     
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    Well on my fourth year field trip we brought some specimens back for one of the academics........but as we hadn't planned to collect any specimens we had no preservative with us........so we went to the local hotel and bought a bottle of vodka (and one or two OTHER drinks at the bar :wink: ) which we used as a stop gap. But that's a very pricey way to preserve stuff!!!!!

    J
     
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    I use an alcohol soultion for preservation...Otherwise known as rubbing alcohol hehe...

    I recall hearing somewhere that a long time ago, if a crew member on a boat dies they often place the body in a barrel of wine or alcohol, so it doesnt start rotting on the boat during a long voyage...
     
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    Adds new meaning to the idea of a rum-sotted sailor... :arr:
     
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    OK, now I have to change my answer for that 'Sobering Question' poll.
     
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    But after its soaked in formalin, will it not be practically indestructable??
    That was my understanding of the stuff. Once you get that nasty stuff right through a specimen, it turns to the consistency of leather.

    Graeme
     
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    It's true that formalin does wonders for helping the specimen hold its shape for a very long time, but eventually (over a hundred years) can turn the specimen to mush. Some of the original specimens from the Voyage of the HMS Challenger were preserved in gin, which did a great job for a long time, but eventually alcohol (especially at high concentrations) makes specimens brittle. A combination of fixing in formalin and preserving in alcohol seems to be the best bet. If you fix in formalin and preserve in water, the specimen can mold.
     

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