Making My Moles

Posted on Oct 20, 2013

This week I have been working hard on making my latest mole creations. These particular two died of natural causes and were sourced by my brother Graham in the surroundings of his home in Buckinghamshire.

Moles have been my most interesting animal to work with since I started to do taxidermy, mainly because I knew very little about their anatomy beforehand. They have soft, velvety fur, big front claws and small back feet. Their eyes are so small you can barely see them and they do have ear sockets, but again these are almost indistinguishable. I am also surprised at how sharp and pointed their teeth are as I don’t think I had ever really seen images of them with their mouths open before.

Similarly to my Dolly Ratty, I photographed the step-by-step process of how I made and dressed my Fez Mole.

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I decided to dress this particular mole in a Turkish fez hat complimented with handmade, felt slippers.

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As the moles eyes are so incredibly tiny, I made this miniature pair of wire glasses to instantly bring him to life.

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This photograph shows just how sharp the moles teeth are.

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Sitting next to my finished Fez Mole is Mr. Moley who I dressed in felt breeches, braces and a bow tie.

If you would be interesting in purchasing one of my moles then please do get in touch. You can email me at julie@juliejohnsontaxidermy.com.

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