CORPSE MUTILATIONS can be, if taken to extremes a deeply satisfying enterprise. It's not your ordinary cop of tea. Fortunately not. For instance a head cut off from the body is very striking on your bookshelf. A cut off, embalmed finger is a must on any respectable executive desk. These as two introductory suggestions. All in all there is a number of uses for body parts that will be explored in detail here. Be patient with us. Sit down in your comfortable chair and enjoy the ride.

   You need a body, of course, or rather quite a few of them. Especially if being new to the craft. You will probably ruin more than one before getting it right.
   With experience comes the luxury of needing fewer bodies. And you won't need to dig up the exhaustive number of fresh graves and such.
   You need a lab or at least a quiet place. You don't want to be disturbed in the middle of the delicate work. And even if there won't be much blood if the guy on the slab is already dead the plastic on the floor is almost mandatory. There will, inevitably be loose skin and tissue around after a session or three.
   You need a sharp, a very sharp knife. The sinew and muscle tissue around the neck is surprisingly resilient. To achieve the great price you seek you need to be both forceful and delicate in your work. Skin may loosen from the face if you're not careful, and this particular specimen is ruined forever. No amount of waxwork will cover up sloppy work. And you want the real thing anyway, or you wouldn't be in this room.
   Cut one and one muscle while keeping a steady grip on the head. The body is still quite heavy and don't require much force to keep in place. Unless you get too eager it will stay put. The removal is done in two turns. You cut half (or so) when the body is on its back, and the remaining half after the body is turned on its stomach. Cutting the spinal cord presents its own unique problems. In my opinions you should choose one cleft and stick with that. Again: if you need to try two your risk of damaging the object increases dramatically. A skilled cutter is doing it in one, and he is using a knife. The axe is always an alternative, but it is rather frowned at by veterans. Again: The risk of damaging the head irrevocably increases dramatically. I tell you, if you happen to... miss, it's a sure thing, but even if you should hit the spot the risk of ending up with vandalized work is fairly high. Follow an expert's advice and proceed with caution, and everything should turn out splendidly.
   The severing of the head should now be complete and you should have a nice exhibition ready there on the table (if not return to step 1). Next step is to remove the brain or it will inevitably start smelling. But there is no rush, and you should take your time savoring your success. Taking pictures is always a great idea, keeping your triumph for posterity. And then you should cast your artist's eye to the rest of the body. There are many parts still salvageable, and even valuable. Even though the head are the main price there are many uses for the remains and it should be seen not as leftovers, but as potentials and opportunities. Never pass up a chance of additional experience. Remember, this chance may not come again for quite a while.
   The fingers, for instance will make a great necklace. You don't even need to display it openly. It will be just as striking under a skirt. The feet will work well as a size adjuster for shoes and boots. Think about it, everything is completely natural. Your bookshelf will also benefit from a foot complementing your collection. Aesthetically it will definitely increase its value.
   Entertain your guests with the tales of your conquests. It's bound to be a blast.
   The other hand (with its fingers included can, with a little extra work turn out to be quite a nice ashtray. All in all only your imagination sets the limit to what may be achieved by the virtuous artist.






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