SKULL: Shop in Cave Creek, AZ / PRIMER: Kilz Original / PAINT: Black Spray Paint / STONES: Joann / GLUE: Gorilla Super Glue / FINISH: Polyurethane Spray (Rustoleum)
Matt and I were visiting my dad and stepmom in Arizona when I saw this shop with a yard full of cow skulls. Jackpot!! My husband thought I was a total crazy person as I searched for the perfect one. I tried explaining to him that skull art is a normal thing but having grown up in Utah he just could not grasp the southwestern decor I grew up with in Texas. As a compromise we agreed that if he hates it once I’ve finished I won’t hang it. Luckily, he loved it so much it is now hanging in our bedroom.
Once we got it home I used super glue to firmly attach the teeth in their sockets. Once the glue dried I did a light sanding and wiped it down then applied a very thorough coating of primer. You are working with bone which is very porous so it is very important to not skip priming. I then painted the skull with some leftover black spray paint from another project, wrapping the horns as I like their natural color. The next step was so time consuming but thanks to Scandal + Netflix it was not at all painful. I hand glued all of the turquoise colored stones I picked out at Joanns. Once that dried I finished it with multiple coats of polyurethane.