Most artist have a certain way, place or process of doing what they do. I get that and sometimes it applies to me, but in many ways it does not. I do a great variety of art work and each has its own steps towards creation.
I bead skulls, most any kind I can get. The largest so far has been a very large cow skull (pictures to follow) and the smallest was a bird skull. I have been fortunate enough to have received many of these as gifts. The most recent acquisitions were antelope skulls. One of my daughters and my son in law are hunters. They were kind enough to give me three antelope skulls from their last hunt and a turkey skull. The turkey skull is still in process it is macerating in a jar. It has been there a few months and should be ready soon. My son in law taught me how to clean the skulls. He is so much better at this than I will every be and has done some beautiful mounts for friends and family. It is hard work to clean the skulls they start just as the come off the animal and need to end up empty and clean.
After that I can lay out a design, decide on the beads I will use, get out the glue and go to work. I have tried several glues and finally settled on the one I am using now. It works well, holding the bead in place and yet giving me time to move it so it is just where it needs to be.
Next time I will talk about oil paint and natural materials.