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« on: May 03, 2004 11:02:30 AM »

How does one preserve bugs? I'm making some resin jewlery and want to put a spider in a pendant. But all the dead ones I find look all decrepid and are curled up all funny. How do you make them look like they didnt die in pain lol

Kinda like bug collectors. Do you have to kill them, stick a pin in them and let them die. Because thats a little harsh lol any nice and easy way to do this? Or am I going to have to use a demented spider lol

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2004 11:18:43 AM »

If I'm not mistaken, there's some kind of chemical you can drop on them with an eyedropper or somesuch that will kill them without a struggle.  However, I have no idea what it's called.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2004 09:01:08 PM »

you can catch bugs in a little container and then stick them in the freezer, which is supposed to be the most painless way to kill them (did this for a bug collection  project in high school). in middle school we killed them in a jar with plaster in the bottom soaked in nail polish remover, but i guess that is not as humane as freezing the bugs.
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2004 11:30:04 AM »

cool thanks a million
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2004 12:32:47 PM »

oh my god! don't do that!

what next, killing a bird for a broche?

have you considered fake bugs? store-bought or maybe... i don't know, handmade somehow?

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2004 08:57:25 PM »

travis lol dont worry i just did a search online about the killing jars..and actually found a way to fix the dead decrepid spiders i found. You put them in a jar like the killing jar and let them soften up and then move the legs to the right position. So I guess I wont be killing after all- just relaxing lol

heres the site I found:
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2004 10:05:24 PM »

phew! good.

so it's kinda like toasting a stale bagel. or running dried-out pasta under some water. gotcha. so the chemicals soften them up so you can straighten things out? eee-yew! be sure to post pics when you do this. are you going to use yellowish orangeish resin so it looks like amber?

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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2004 08:08:10 AM »

actually I dont know I want one for a pendant. I'm scared of spiders (well mostly they just creep me out eww) but I want to go against the norm and make one to wear. Face my icky fears lol

The toasting bagels thing cracked me up guess you could say its kinda like that- and its much better than killing them cuz them theres no possible way for it to get on me. lol any spider human contact is all my doing ...

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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2004 02:55:48 PM »

i love insects & have some in little jars because i don't know what to do with them...
i used to have a little science kit for catching them & it came with a "relaxing" liquid that you put on the dead insect to make it more pliable.  that way you can move the legs around without breaking them.


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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2004 02:27:57 AM »

Is anyone else excited about cicada jewelry? The ground out here in VA looks like swiss cheese from the secon-stage ones. I'm thinking a quick resin dip for the adults for jewelry/keychains.
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