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Golden island by FoxyCreations Golden island by FoxyCreations
This is a very rare golden island fox, and he has feet which right now is next to impossible to find. This was a lucky find, although I am sure, like with most ranch foxes if there is enough demand we may start to see these guys with feet.
This fox was garment tanned, and graded, meaning he was not in anyway suitable for taxidermy, in other words a PAIN in the butt to mount. But with a lot of care I was able to get him done, and I am very proud of his outcome.
His ears were slit in half on the inside so I used bondo(second time doing this, Hilary helped me lol) instead of liners, overall they came out pretty nice for the damage they had.
These foxes are a cross between a blue fox and a red fox, and their fur is unbelievable.

close up of his face


NOTE: The golden island fox is not a wild fox it is not endangered. They are bred in captivity and are a mix between an arctic and red fox. They are not bred for taxidermy use, they are usually bred for the fur industry that is why they are rare to see in taxidermy, and especially rare with feet.
This fox was not killed for me or taxidermy. It died naturally and the person sold me the pelt to make up for the loss of the animal.
I thought it would be a good idea to preserve such an uncommon and beautiful fox, since it is rare to see them complete.
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Given 2011-04-27
An excellent example of an artform that seems to be very controversial lately. Keep in mind that almost all of the taxiderm-ed animals that you see were not killed for that purpose. Golden island by *FoxyCreations ( Featured by KubusRubus )
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chinchilla3232 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww!
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InkAndbones Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*ask* sorry..
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InkAndbones Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
may I asked where you purchased him at? :D
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LupinHen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful, I swear it looks alive. You did a great job with it, the anatomy looks perfect. Thank you for bringing life and beauty back to this animal.
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wolffoxin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Where did you find this beautiful guy? :wow:
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illslice Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Do you ship to australia, i need to find an awesome artist to create a really big wolf plush for me orrrr if that is too impossible then i'll be happy with a fox
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FoxyCreations Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
I cannot ship wolves international, to make the process legal it would cost over what the wolf is worth. I can usually only ship ranched or farmed animals to other countries since they are legal pretty much everywhere. If I were you though I would still check with my countries laws, because once I ship it I cannot be responsible for customs.
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illslice Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Oh i see yes it's difficult to find out that stuff too because i have no idea to look. I do know that feathers and hides etc Australia does accept them but still not sure about your country. That sucks because your plushies are so beautiful and you know someone across the world wants one haha! xox
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Keiroko Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
O: we has these foxes around where I live..and some other oddly coloured foxes that have stripes in places..they are unusually friendly towards me and follow me around so I suspect they were domestically bred for some reason or another.
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FoxyCreations Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Golden island fox are not wild fox. They are artificially created by breeders, so it would be impossible for them to reproduce in the wild. However it could be possible that you have some escaped ranch fox living where you are. Most other ranch fox varieties can reproduce and mix with wild populations. Ranch foxes though are very domesticated and rarely last long in the wild, but I do believe the occasional few do.
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trishmacdonnell Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
He's beautiful. :) Can I ask what Bondo is please? We don't have that over here and I keep seeing references to it.
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FoxyCreations Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Thank you :) Bondo is made for repairing cars, when first mixed its a goo then it hardens to rock. Its great for earliners. Check your local home improvement store or auto store, they will have something similar :)
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trishmacdonnell Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Ah, many thanks, I know it now! :)
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UniqueFoxies Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Beautiful, I'm starting taxidermy plushies.
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MorganAndMarlee Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
I bought a Beautiful red fox pelt, it said it has a "split lip" can i still make it into a soft mount. Can i still mount its head?
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FoxyCreations Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
yes split lip means its prepped for taxidermy. Make sure to do your research before attempting a mount, its not as easy as you may think.
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MorganAndMarlee Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
so i can still mount its head?!? YAY! thanks sorry for bothering you.
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pack4ever8 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
i wish i had something like that:D
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Tayana-Arystae Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He is soooo pretty :)
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In-Spirit Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply gorgeous Foxy! Congratulations on the DD, it's about time you recieve one, your creations are amazing. The subject really does look alive and almost serene, as though pleased with what his physical body has become. The setting is so fitting for him and the shot in itself is beautiful, the dappled light is a lovely effect. Everything looks perfect and I hope you'll keep doing this for a long time.

Art;
"The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power."
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HeroesRain Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It has such beautiful coat colors.
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SA99 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this guy is beautiful! He looks so lifelike! You did a great job on him! :)
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gelupeh Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
wow people need to learn to read the gd descriptions before commenting. DERRRRP.

very nice, it looks alive.
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tatiilange Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, i think this is a better use for that fur than a coat for a fax woman.
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PrinceofPride Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not a fan of foxes from fur farms, but this is very beautiful. Very good for a soft mount, and congrats on the DD. Death can be art too, and it's good to see this art form is becoming a little more respected.
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Olessan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am not one for taxidermy (for some reason I think stuffed skins are creepy, lol) but this is a show of remarkable skill.
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GypsyH Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is beautiful
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Albino-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I am amazed at how wonderful and beautiful you made him look, despite all of the damage he had. And yeah, his feet are frickin' adorable!

I thought he was real for a bit too; his eyes are so realistic.

You should seriously just ignore all the people spouting nonsense about how you killed a lovely creature and all. Whatever. You found him completely damaged and fixed him up to look beautiful again, so others can see his beauty. I don't see that as a negative thing at all.
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Korin-Fang Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
My new favorite breed :D
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FoxyCreations Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
maybe you should do some research on what taxidermy is before making such rude and immature comments
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brandi3981 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's true think of just killing something to stuff & photograph the body
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FoxyCreations Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
this animal was not killed for this. Nor did I kill the animal. Actually this fox died from something other then a person killing it. The person who had the fox sold it to me to make up for its loss. Also why I got the fox for a good deal. I decided to preserve it since it was such a beautiful pelt. I see nothing wrong with that
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brandi3981 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh that's good then but it disturbed me & probably the person who said it made him/her sick because you used a dead animal & didn't explain that in the description cause yes it's very well done but I was uncomfortable w/ faving because I didn't know & I was horrified @ the possiblities even though the DD description said "most" aren't killed for this it didn't neccisarily mean this was the case w/ this one I figured from the thing about the feet it must of been cause in a foot trap & left to starve... I though the "golden" was a discriptive of the rarity or sheen cause it isn't a golden color so I looked up island fox & wiki told me it was CRITICALLY endangered & the pic there looked similar so I figured that was it & I was pissed
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Charming.
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littlegardengnome Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
um...its dead. did you kill it?
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FoxyCreations Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
no I did not. This animal was not killed for taxidermy
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wolfforce58 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
To put your mind at rest, FoxyCreations didn't kill this animal. It most likely WAS raised in captivity for the use of its fur (not by taxidermists, though)...I believe this coloration occurs when an arctic fox breeds with a red fox, which you can obviously guess doesn't happen much in nature (though it may!). I feel pretty safe saying that she didn't kill any animals that she's turned in to well-done mounts like this =)
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littlegardengnome Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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Sckee Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011   Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD, Foxy, and sorry for some of these comments. xD;
I gotta say though, this is one of the best soft mounts I've seen posted to date. I thought it was alive from the thumbnail. And I check on these submissions regularly, so I'm no stranger to what the mounts look like...this is excellent! Keep it up!
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Invaderwarriorcat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
aww!!!!!!!!!!!!!
so cute! :3
is it a fox? because its very beautiful! :3
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FoxyCreations Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
yes its a golden island fox
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Invaderwarriorcat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
oh ok :3
its so cute!
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IsabellaTheWolfon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Never see a fox like that befoe,but he's so beautiful^w^
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Aura-BleedingHeart Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutley stunning. Congratulations on the DD!! :D
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Ela-Hara Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work!
I looked into taxidermy at one time to try and do some squirrels and smaller pieces on my own. I found out how very difficult it really is to do properly to acheive such a life-like pose, and to keep the fur and hide as beautiful as you have.... congrats on this!

It also needs to be said that your many, many, many man-hours of work it takes for ALL the stages of this craft - Yes, this is a delicate CRAFT for those of you who do not know what taxidermy is, or appreciate it - your work, *FoxyCreations, is amazing! I love animals, and this is indeed one way to learn and see them, especially if you do not have the occasion to do so in the wild.

The delicate areas around the muzzle, nose (especially the nose), and ears is very exacting. Very Well Done! Have you exhibited in any shows? You would probably have a great chance of winning.
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SnapWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
If it's RARE why kill it? D:
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It's bred in captivity for its fur. It isn't so much that it's "rare" as in an endangered animal, just rare as in its uncommon to find one, especially one with all of the limbs still on the skin making it useable for taxidermy. This animal exists only on farms and doesn't occur in the wild, except perhaps in a freak occurrence.
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SnapWolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I still don't agree with it. Taxidermy should not be an art form. And I especially don't agree with animals being bred in captivity for their fur. I don't like taxidermy, even if its going to be put in a museum, why not make a replica out of artificial fur? Now THAT'S real art! Not taking the skin and fur off a beautiful animal, but recreating it out of the inspiration of its beauty.
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