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Taxidermy - Button Quail by Illahie Taxidermy - Button Quail by Illahie
Taxidermy project. A chinese button quail. It used to be someone's pet. I always advice against having pets stuffed, especially mammals. The 'owner' always catches the emotional expressions of the animal, and the taxidermist sees the animal for the first time when it's dead.. Not even pictures of the animal will give him/her a good view. Luckily with birds it's a little less stressing, and after having a good talk with the woman I realised she knew what she was doing and decided to take on her project.

Hand engraved an old glass cheese dome she brought. She wanted her pet Quail to go underneath it, to shield it from the dust. Loved the idea, but hate the fact it morphs the image of the quail inside. So I also took some pictures of it outside the dome.

~To whom it may concern, (please read before accusing me of anything!)
This animal died a natural cause. NONE of the animals I work on are killed for the purpose of taxidermy only and most are found along side the road or come from bird/animal breeders and or pet owners in the area.
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niffles Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
how did you manage to mount such a tiny little bird?
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mmaarrcc17 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work!
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EvePatrica Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredable!
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LyrebirdJacki Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Man i wish you could do this with some of my quails after they die, i have so many of them and wish i could stuff and mount them myself (i draw birds and it would be wonders for a drawing reference). Ive always wanted to do taxidermy but no idea where to start but the amount of birds ive found on the side of the road just seems wasted when i could turn them into something beautiful like this.

It must have been hard considering how small they are! Great job on him mate. How did you not damage those thin legs?
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Patience and a good steady hand :)

I really appreciate your comment! Most people seem to shy away from taxidermy and are almost convinced death suddenly isn't part of an animals life and that somehow I myself must have brutally ended it for my benefit. As you said, almost %98 of the animals I work on are wasted by the public along side the roads and I am 'happy' in a way I can restore the bodies to such a state that it can benefit education.
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LyrebirdJacki Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
I think taxidermy is great, gives an animal a second chance in life as you could put it.
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courty000 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
im sad!! i have 5 little button quails at home!! they are my precious babies....
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URAdoodlelover2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who ARE you? Jk XD
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
They're amazing wee things, and I didn't even know they were kept as pets until this lady brought it to me. A sad as parting with a loved one may be, death is part of life after all. I'm glad I was able to provide a service for someone that wanted to preserve the body after the spirit had left it. This was her way of dealing with the loss of her pet.
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courty000 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
oh, so it died before she did that. thats okay.... i just love button quails so much!!!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
None of the animals I work on are killed for the purpose of taxidermy, and almost all of my specimen come from along roadsides and the likes. I could never kill something for the purpose of taxidermy.

They're fabulous characters, and as I said, I never knew about them (as pets) before the lady came to me. I think they're adorable as well :)
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Bolynn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What a lovely little Normal/Wild color male! You did a great job on the posture. He looks like he is looking for a treat or seeing who is looking at him. :) Done with much respect for the bird. Thanks for sharing! :)
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Bolynn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome and keep up the great work!
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elsch Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
I have quails myself and I can say you did a great job, seeing the thumbnail I kinda thought it was still alive~ very natural ^^
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Illahie Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Many thanks!
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Imaginary-Octopus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
that's cool! i've got a few button quail here. i'm totally gonna stuff them when they pass away. this really is amazing work!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D And good luck!
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Stars-Go-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist
Thats great and all. Kinda creepy and sad though.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Tell me about it :/ I wouldn't want to have my own pet preserved like that, but some people find great comfort in it
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Stars-Go-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist
Thats true I guess but still weird. And a little awkward :P
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NatashaRae Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
I love quails! it looks wonderful :]
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Illahie Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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Kody-Boye Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional Writer
Beautiful piece. I'd imagine little birds would be harder to do, since the whole process of preserving it would be more difficult and would require smaller tools.

Keep up the good work!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
The smaller the bird, the more frustrated the taxidermist. The smallest thing I've done to date has to be a firecrest.. it was so small it wasn't funny anymore!
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lekilneje Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Before I found your stuff, taxidermy was creepy and... untasteful. But, you do such an amazing thing! I really love your work.

This is very cool.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you very much for the wonderful compliment~!
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lekilneje Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Most welcome!
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only-zuul Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
I love your taxidermy work. It's fantastic!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :D
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Zhon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
How incredibly adorable!
And so tiny!

I know I had to do 3 Bobwhite quails... and 2 Gambel quails.... and their skin rips like wet tissues!

Not much for tails are they? xD

Truly an awesome piece!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
:d thanks!
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LilAngelWings014 Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
Im so happy to see more taxidermy work. You have such an incredible talent! My father is a taxidermist and I fondly remember sitting on one of his tables watching him work when I was a little girl. he always told me that anyone can be a taxidermist, but its the artist that can breath life back into an animal and return the spark to its eyes. That always facinated me and from all that he taught me about the trade and the art, I have complete respect and facination for it. You have that gift and you make all your animals look so alive!
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for that comment :) I really appreciate it!
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LilAngelWings014 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
*hugs* No problem!
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Beckwolf28 Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
Nice job with him, you definitely have a good hand for this. He is a goofy looking little bird though, ain't he :P
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
They look absolutely adorable! But I think I'd be too afraid to stand on it :S
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styx-leagon Featured By Owner May 28, 2006   Traditional Artist
Quails are so cute.
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed they are!
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ShyMyst Featured By Owner May 28, 2006
Nice to see some more taxidermy from you! Funny looking little quail, he be. His eyes are awesome!
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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ArdorInferi Featured By Owner May 27, 2006
Your work is stunning, I just browsed through your gallery. Not only are you a wonderful furre artist but you have multi-talents, Ive never been a fan of taxidermy but you make it art, its beautiful. This is by far my favorite peice of all of your works.
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 27, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you so much for the lovely compliment!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 27, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwww, such a sweet little bird...

I saw some of these little quail at a botanical garden, but they wouldn't stay still long enough for me to photograph them. They're so small! And the way they all moved together (there was a whole bevy of the little things) was just adorable.

You did a great job on this birdie, as you always do. :-)
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 27, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'd love to see them in real life some day :D
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ashigaru Featured By Owner May 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
Very interesting. The care you've put into the preservation of this beautiful creature... such a tribute! You've done quite well with this, and considering the condition you received the bird in, you did great work!

You are a wonderful mix of forms... a great artist, a wonderful taxidermist, an excellent seamstress, and a beautiful model; moreover, you've got an amazingly beautiful spirit that shines through in all your works. The amount of pure heart you put into your artistic endeavors... inspiring.

You are, as always... unique and special.
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 27, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
:blush: Thank you very very much
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MizunoYume Featured By Owner May 27, 2006
Whoa. Oo This just got odd. I mean, I've seen you do a budgie and I had budgies, but I was never really attached to them. And now a button quail? :P It's just kind of odd.
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 27, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
You have button quails as well? That is odd! And I should have known! I was dying to get more pictures of them for reference
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MizunoYume Featured By Owner May 27, 2006
Oh, I'd kill to give you some but unfortunately my button quail died awhile ago. ^^; I have two cats and a dog at the moment, that's it. :P
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