Below are the most common beaded skull art FAQs we receive.

What got you interested in beaded skull art?

I saw a beaded skull art piece at a Safari Club International (SCI) art gallery booth with my husband and son, Brian. I was entranced! Consider that I love being creative, Brian gave me the skulls of a whitetail deer and a bear he’d taken in order for me to “practice” beading them. I learned an incredible amount from working with those two skulls. I have been completely impassioned with this form of art ever since.

What it the most difficult step in the process?

Although I begin with a focal point I still envision the piece as a whole. However sometimes it is a challenge to carry through with that initial idea. It is not my design that is important but rather the inspiration of the individual skull. So there are times I must step back and allow the piece to evolve as it will, making adjustments that suit the skull.

What kind of skulls can you do?

There are really no limits. Any type of wildlife from deer and antelope to bison, long horn steer and bear. Elk, coyote, game cats such as leopard and caracal are all doable. Even unusual species like alligator, baboon or even ostrich skulls make extremely interesting and beautiful skull art center pieces. As long as they are taken or purchased legally, any wildlife skull can be commissioned as a beaded skull art piece.

Why don’t you sell whitetail doe skulls?

Per a lengthy discussion with the Michigan DNR, whitetail doe skulls can not be bought or sold. Although no reason could be found for this, that is the law. That said, there are no laws prohibiting the owner of a whitetail doe skull from having me bead that skull for them on a commission basis.

How are the beaded skull shipped?

All skulls are carefully wrapped and packed with bubble wrap and packing peanuts. And each is insured with the shipping company.
How your skull will be shipped depends on your State Fish and Wildlife laws as this artwork may fall under their “animal parts” category.

Have a question not answered in this beaded skull art FAQs?

If you have a question that has not been addressed here please feel free to submit it to me in the comments section below.

Untamed Elegance Gallery

In every piece Leesa strives to convey the honor and respect she has for these wondrous wild animals. In a way they live a “second life” displaying their beauty and untamed nature.


  1. Jeanne Dyer on December 17, 2019 at 2:19 am

    What type glue do you use to ensure those beads stay on the skull?

    • admin on December 17, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      I use E-6000.

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