Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Get Help on Facebook: Bone Collecting & Processing Groups

Hello! I apologize for turning off commenting here and never answering some questions. I had way more questions coming in than I will ever have time to fully answer. Plus it is hard to really help you guys here without seeing your photos. So I’m redirecting you to a much better format to help you out - my Facebook groups.
If you did not already know - I’m a full time natural history artist and pet aftercare specialist. Which is my only means of income. My shop is Bonelust.Etsy.Com

I have an overwhelming amount of Pet Memorial Services I’ve taken on. And also find and process most of my own supplies, which is very time consuming. 
All while answering countless bone processing, bone ID and art related questions daily at Instagram, Tumblr, Etsy, Flickr & especially Facebook. If you want help with processing or identification I highly suggest you join the related groups below. Even if I am personally too busy to answer your questions one-on-one, there are still a lot of very helpful and experienced members in my groups.

My Facebook groups have been around the longest, with the most members… on these topics:

For bone processing help, bone ID help, bone/natural history sales and to show off collections. ONLY non-human animal bones. No art. - Skull Collecting

Sister group to Skull Collecting with less restrictions. More of an "everything goes" group - Bone Collectors

For artists to share/sell the art THEY made from animal by-products and for others to buy - Bone & Taxidermy, Art & Jewelry

To sell/buy human bones/organs and to show off related collections - Collectors Of Human Skulls And Bones

I have more groups but those are the four main groups and from there I can redirect members to more specific groups. Request to join and once I approve you you can start interacting. PLEASE allow me some time to review your FB profile to make sure you are not a bot. I run many groups with over 30K combined members. I am the only person that admins the above FB groups. Sometimes it could take some time before you are added so I appreciate your patience!

In the meantime, if you need bone processing help I suggest redirecting to this blog post of mine - 
BONELUST BLOG QUICK LINKS - Answers For Your Bone Processing Questions Are Her 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

BONELUST Q&A: "How can I become your assistant or do an apprenticeship under you?"

I'm always so humbled to get this question. I love that I got so many of you interested in bone collecting, processing and art but everything done at BoneLust is a one woman show and will likely always stay that way. Not that I don't wish I had little packing gnomes helping me get orders out, but because I'm a very private person, I don't have an actual art studio or storefront.

Everything you see here, happens on my property and in my home. I don't honestly have the time to take on an apprentice right now either. I am already teaching my skills daily at my blog & countless social networking locations. If I ever have a workspace NOT at my home this may all change though!

Best I can do is to continue making educational posts here. In case you don't already know, this is where I share my lifetime of bone processing experience. Priceless info, free of charge. So take advantage of it.

As for learning how to do what I do as far as my art goes, I'm completely self taught. Literally a lifetime of experimenting with different art mediums. You're just going to have to dive right in and get your hands dirty. Experiment. Find what mediums YOU enjoy. Do countless hours of research online for supplies and processes. Create, research, experiment, repeat... again and again and again. This is how I do everything I do, daily. Good luck! Jana

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BONELUST BLOG QUICK LINKS - Answers For Your Bone Processing Questions Are Here

BONELUST CUSTOM ORDER: Pet Processing for a customer - Menoh. Only part of the skeleton is pictured & it arrived with missing teeth.

Apologies in advance! I get countless messages in many online locations daily about bone processing, bone ID, etc. Please try to find your answers in these links before messaging me. If you still have questions you are welcome to ask but I may not reply for a while.

Sorry guys, I'm a full time self employed bone artist and simply do not have the time to always get back to your questions in a timely fashion. Especially when it is a time where I have to really focus on something like holiday sales. Which start for me in October. Or an art show or convention that could be any time of the year.

Please take note of the SEARCH THIS BLOG field to the right here where you can quickly search for answers in my many posts rather than having to look for it one at a time. 

BONELUST PERSONAL COLLECTION: Parakeet Skull. This domestic bird is one that's entirely legal to have in your collection. 💀♥💀


I really hardly ever post anything anywhere in general about birds because of legal issues. Most birds you're going to come across in US/Canada are illegal to have any part of dead or alive because they are Migratory Bird Treaty Act protected species. If you were to macerate most birds you're likely going to end up with nothing but a stinky pile of mush. To process birds, rodents & small reptiles/amphibians you can't really macerate like larger medium sized animals. You literally have to carefully remove the feathers, skin & muscle with surgical tools, tweezers & scissors as best you can. I rarely do this myself because it is so tedious. If it is mummified it may be even harder to accomplish. Or you can soak a while in water & if you're lucky you can carefully peel away the skin from the bones & just hope that most of the muscle was already eaten away by carrion insects. I'll have to make a longer blog post about this sometime for sure. But for now there's this one:

BONELUST PERSONAL COLLECTION: A new rodent skull addition to my personal collection - Golden Hamster AKA Syrian Hamster, Mesocricetus auratus. It is approx 1.5" long. ♥💀♥


Most of the birds protected by the MBTA are not endangered. They are very common and abundant. But that was not the case when the MBTA was created back in 1918. Many common birds were being wiped out into extinction from people hunting them and collecting them & their eggs/nests for their collections. And people using the feathers in fashion. That's the misconception that most people don't understand now. The species that are alive now were saved from extinction by the MBTA. That's why they are so common and abundant now.

It is illegal in US, Canada, Mexico, Russia and Japan to even possess bird remains of species listed on the MBTA. We can not have or sell birds, feathers, bones, eggs, or even nests from anything on that protected list. Likewise, you could be fined up to $15,000 and/or do jail time for having/selling them. So be careful!

Your legal common bird options are - European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domestica)House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), chickens and other domesticated birds and birds like quail, grouse and pheasants. But some of those game birds you still need permits to hunt and can not be sold.

I want to point out as well that there are MANY pigeon/dove species that ARE protected species and many people have a misconception that they are not. Only Feral Pigeons are OK to have. Also, people often mention that crows are hunted and OK to have. Not that simple. You must have a permit to hunt where they are permitted to hunt and do so in season. Also, hunted crows can not be sold, they can only be gifted. Info about Regulations For Crows.

Final List of Bird Species to Which the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Apply - Note though that it is somewhat out of date - file orig dated 2005, PDF from 2008. Could be changes since then.

Tons More Animal Parts Laws Can Be Found Here. Here in the US you can quickly look up info on your exact state at the link above which is especially helpful with some laws being so varied from state to state.

BONELUST PERSONAL COLLECTION: The smaller of the 2 snake skulls I posted a couple days ago cleaned up beautifully!. Exact species unknown. But I was told it is from the Colubridae family. I took this photo at an angle to show you how the jawbones don't co

Here is a list of my most frequented blog posts and topics related to the questions I get for quicker reference to find your answers.


BONELUST BONE PROCESSING Q&A: I want to start collecting bones/animal remains but I'm concerned about disease.

Most Important Thing For a Bone Collector? Patience. 

Starting Over, Learning Anew

Bone Collectors Are Not Sociopaths

BONELUST Q&A: "Can't you get leprosy from armadillos?


BONELUST Q&A: "Can I just leave animals to decompose in a bone cage & do nothing else?" 


BONELUST BONE PROCESSING Q&A: What should the remains look like to begin maceration?

The Mathematics Of Maceration - A HowTo Guide For The Patient 

BONELUST Q&A: "I've been macerating bones & they are now a strange color! Are they ruined?"

BONELUST Q&A: "What's this white stuff on my bones? How do I get rid of it?" 


Whitening Bone Using Hydrogen Peroxide NOT Chlorine Bleach

Bad Words: BOIL & BLEACH


Bad Words: BOIL & BLEACH


BONELUST Q&A: "Why is it bad to boil bones? It is the way I was taught to clean them a long time ago."

Bad Words: BOIL & BLEACH


BONELUST Q&A: "What's this white stuff on my bones? How do I get rid of it?" 

BONELUST Q&A: "I've been macerating bones & they are now a strange color! Are they ruined?"

Whitening Bone Using Hydrogen Peroxide NOT Chlorine Bleach


BONELUST Q&A: "How will I know if a skull needs degreasing, I'm not sure what it even looks like?"


BONELUST Q&A: "The teeth fell out of my skull! Did I do something wrong? How do I fix it?"

BONELUST Q&A: "How do I put mandibles back together & teeth in?"


"Stick it on an ant pile!"

BONELUST Q&A: "Do you use dermestid beetles?"


Meet Jana Miller: Founder & Artist of Bone Lust

BONELUST Q&A: What do you mean when you say you’re an ethical bone artist?

BONELUST BONE ART SHOP Q&A: Who is your animal bone supplier?

Jana Miller Bone Lust Interview on Postal Treats

Bone Collecting from the Beginning

BONELUST PERSONAL COLLECTION: Another new rodent skull addition to my collection. Woodchuck (Marmota monax) AKA groundhog or marmot