Remember in Grade five when you grew sugar crystals with your class and it was the coolest thing you had ever seen? You turned sugar water and string into something edible that looked like jewelry. It was practically sorcery! Sorry, but artist Tyler Thrasher has blown that little elementary science experiment out of the water with his amazing crystallized works of art. He’s not playing around with sugar and string; Tyler grows crystalline structures on animal skeletons, insects and other little bits and bobbles from nature and they are beau-ti-ful.
Each of his pieces is totally unique with chemical crystals grown over a few weeks until the object looks like some sort of mystical fantasy fairy ornament. They’re a little creepy when you think about it too hard, but they’re also the prettiest dead things we’ve ever seen. Not that we spend a lot of time looking at dead things, but you know what we mean.
Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the making of these masterpieces. Also, before you ask, no, he doesn’t do human skeletons. Bummer.
Crystallized animal skeletons: super creepy, super cool
Amethyst CicadaAre these fairies? No? How is that possible? We can imagine them fluttering around majestically with those shimmery wings. Just look at them! Somebody call up Walt Disney because he’s going to want these in his next live-action remake. Tyler Thasher
Bat SkeletonIf we didn’t know any better, we would say this was some sort of gem-encrusted dream catcher. Who would have thought this was once a bat? Plus, we’ve got to say we’re in love with this deep amethyst colour. Tyler Thrasher
Amethyst ScorpionWe may be terrified of scorpions (well, poisonous bugs in general), but these ones seem okay. Is it because they look like they’re coated in magic? Probably. These arachnids are so pretty, we could find room in our hearts not to hate them on principle. Tyler Thrasher
ScorpionHave you ever seen a colour like that? These crystals were grown with Nickel Sulfate Hexahydrate (translation: super deadly chemical). Mama always said beauty was painful. Tyler Thrasher
Quartz CicadaWas Queen Elsa here? It looks like this little insect belongs flittering around the Snow Queen’s ice palace. It’s so delicate and beautiful, we just can’t get over it. Are we sure these aren't computer generated? Tyler Thrasher
Rabbit SkeletonNow is probably a good time to reiterate Thrasher doesn’t harm anything he crystalizes. They are already dead when he gets them. It’s because of that we feel okay about this crystalized rabbit. This one has a few different types of crystals and it looks amazing. Tyler Thrasher
Scallop Sea ShellImagine an underwater world filled with shells and coral just like these. How beautiful would that dive be? Again, are they doing a live-action Little Mermaid? Because this feels like something that should be part of a fairytale. Tyler Thrasher
Crystallized SkullWe’re not 100 per cent sure what type of skull this is, but it’s certainly the prettiest we’ve ever seen. We’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge the great photography here too. What a crazy effect. Again, how are none of these movie props?Tyler Thrasher
Snake SkeletonIs this an ornamental feather or a skeleton? This artwork looks like it should reside on the brim of an insanely wealthy lady’s hat. Or maybe, you know, at our house. Tyler Thrasher