For a while, I had it in my head that I wanted to paint skulls. Morbid? Nah. The desert is full of dead things. So I put the hubby on a mission: bring me home cow skulls.
Elly was super excited that dad brought home jerky. I picked one with sheaths, pulled them off and soaked the skull in a bleach/water solution for a week. Tutorials online suggest using a peroxide mixture but bleach was easier to procure. Besides, I knew I was going to basecoat the skulls an off white as opposed to stay with the bare bone color. The sheaths got a few good coats of clear coat.
Next: tape, newspaper and paint. I chose a dark turquoise spray paint.
It was rough watching me paint.
I stripped some copper wire out of scrap wiring from an old project and the hubby and I wrapped it around the horns. Another quick coat of clear and wham! I LOVE IT!
I'm already soaking another skull. I plan on hanging them under my covered patio. Until the next one....