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« on: January 06, 2004 08:42:20 AM »

hi I'm new!  first off this site is great!  Second I have about 12 dead butterflies, a few dragonfly wings, and one praying mantis (zorak!)  I found them all by the way, i kill nothing!  I was going tomake a few slide necklaces, but after that i'm not sure, please help.....
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2004 08:59:41 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2004 02:30:19 PM »

you could also probably put them on the outside of a candle, with hot wax. i've done this w/ dried flowers and things, but the idea of dead bugs kind of creeps me out. haha

the other thing i thought was to seal them in some beads, with polyeurethane or resin and drill a hole for a pendant. creepy, but cool jewelery.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2004 03:33:47 PM »

i hop this makes sense but you know those wooden container(around 8"x12") that have like wooden dividers in them so u can sort beads and stuff? well get 1 of those paint it. seal (with a drop of glue) 1 butterfly in each section. then underneath it label the butterfly with its long scientific name. if u cant find the scientific name just take 1 from ne butterfly or make 1 up! then seal shut with pexiglass. ( alot of the containers come wit the clear top!)
this looks kind of neato. its what museums scientist used to do, to put rocks, bugs, etc. on display.
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2004 05:47:56 PM »

You could make a sun catcher/curtain thing by getting clear vinyl or plastic and either makin little pockets for the dead bugs or sewing 2 pieces togther with the bugs inside in their own little sections. If spmeone had enough bugs, they could make a shower curtain. Maybe that's too gross...

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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2004 01:28:01 PM »

I found a few already-dead dragonflies and huge beetles while on a roadtrip, and put them in a super-deep frame (from IKEA), gluing them to the back with a bit of clear rubber cement.  It's like a simple shrine or display box.  They're each labelled with the state in which I found em.


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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2005 02:45:48 PM »

I saw a really neat collage made entirely of butterfly wings.
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2005 01:21:54 PM »

My grandparents had this "plate"... They used it for a wall hanging, but a bigger one could be used as a fruitbowl.
It was some sort of base-thingy, covered with butterfly wings. And then a glass thingy on top to protect them.

Maybe you could make some fake icecubes using some sort of non-toxic resin, and encasing the butterflies in them, and put them in a punch bowl together with real icecubes, or something. That'd be cool.

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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2005 04:21:11 AM »

Not really crafty, more just weird, but...

I used to work for the Bx Zoo's Butterfly Zone and we used to save the butterflies that had passed to feed to the monkeys as treats (the monkey house was right next to BZ).
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2005 06:40:29 AM »

I have a bunch of dead butterflies (no, I didn't kill them) I have been trying to make something cool with. The Victorians had a whole fad of butterfly-wing jewelry (if you search that term on google, you should come up with some victorian as well as modern examples). I haven't quite figured out how to do it yet, but the one important thing I learned was:

Test your glue first. Some glues (notably in my case, Crafter's Goop), will make the wings lose their color and shine. The ones I tried it on turned completely black (arg).
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