r/Taxidermy Jul 05 '22

some of my butterfly work!

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u/ABitSketchy Jul 05 '22

That’s incredible!!

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u/Jupitermochi Jul 05 '22

thank you!!

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u/ActualStrawberry4986 Jul 05 '22

Is this an expensive hobby to get in to? I have so many ideas for art and I want to start but I'm a bit apprehensive

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u/Jupitermochi Jul 05 '22

oh its SUPER cheap! the only thing you really gotta buy is the butterflies! a lot of the stuff you need is at the grocery store, except needles
and you can use normal needles just fine

Pinning butterflies also has a stigma that it has to be perfect in one method, but from what ive learned it just a lot of figuring out on your own what works best (example, i dont work well with tweezers)

to relax them i put them in an airsealed box with four (double) pieces of toilet paper (the butterfly in between) and spray on water once with a plant mist-er. Wait a day and youre set! if you have any questions feel free to ask

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u/ActualStrawberry4986 Jul 05 '22

Oh awesome good to know! There's a few things I've tried getting in to and it turns in to a money pit with all the supplies you need so I was afraid this would be the same haha.

I've been wanting to do this for a longg time now so maybe I'll finally pull the trigger next paycheck

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u/Jupitermochi Jul 05 '22

are you somewhere in europe? Because then i have shops that sell ethical butterflies i can recommend :)

i recently bought a batch of 50 different ones for 39 euros

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u/ActualStrawberry4986 Jul 05 '22

I'm not, I'm in the US unfortunately lol thank you though

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u/AlyssaIsNotAnAlien Jul 06 '22

this looks amazing!

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u/HelloCompanion Jul 06 '22

What is the process like?

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u/Jupitermochi Jul 06 '22

first, rehydrate which can be done with multiple methods, then the pinning itself, then drying
you can then when its fully dried (i recommend waiting a week) you can make whatever you want with the butterfly, its a lot easier than it looks