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Bone Painting. 
18th-May-2010 04:23 pm
I was thinking of painting some bones I've collected (some are deer, fox, and some smaller animals), and so I was wondering if anyone could tell me about what preparations I should make, and perhaps what paint is best to use. Also, I want it to look a bit glossy when finished, so I was also wondering what I should use for that. Keep in mind that most of these bones have already been cleaned with bleach.
18th-May-2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
OWCH! Never clean bones with bleach! Bleach damages them and makes them porous and over time they fall apart. Personally, I would NOT use bones cleaned with bleach to paint on as the painting will not last since the bones are damaged from the bleach.

As for paints, just about any sort of paint will work as long as the bones aren't greasy. If they are greasy, de-grease them before painting on them. Acrylics work great, as do india inks. To make it shiny use a glossy acrylic sealant. If you want a smooth surface to paint on you can use some fine grain sand paper to smooth down the area before painting, but as long as it's not greasy bones don't really need any prep work.
18th-May-2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Ah here's what I was looking for. I knew there was a post on FH&B about bleaching bones- http://community.livejournal.com/furhideandbone/755586.html

Other posts- How to clean bones: http://community.livejournal.com/human_vultures/2472.html
18th-May-2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you, this has been extremely helpful.
19th-May-2010 03:53 am (UTC)
I have some bone cleaning tutorials from my own experiences up here:

As for painting, I know some people use india ink and I've also seen some use acrylic. You can paint it with anything really, just go slow at first to get to know your new canvas and all the complications and joys it will behold. :)
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