Preserving a butterfly for eternity
June 9, 2014 1:31 PM Subscribe
So, I found a mummified, perfectly preserved butterfly on my window sill. Its beautiful and I want to preserve it and look at it and may be show it off to people. See if I can make a brooch or something out of it and give it as a gift to people close to me.
But I cant do any of this as the butterfly is quite fragile. How can I preserve this butterfly forever ... or if that's not possible, a very long time?
posted by TheLittlePrince to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have explored Google about this ...and I discovered two techniques: Lacquering the butterfly or entombing it in resin.
I don't know much about either of the two techniques apart from the YouTube videos or tutorials on the web. I had couple of questions:
1. What technique is best for a noob like me? I don't have any experience of lacquering or casting in resin. But I am skilled in internet shopping and can order stuff through the tubes, provided total cost is below $60- $70 or so.
The primary objective is to preserve the fragile beauty of the butterfly. The secondary is making it into a brooch or a showpiece (a la John Hammond in Jurassic Park). But if there is something else I can do, please do share.
2. How much time would the suggested technique take? I would like to gift the item to someone and for that I would need to complete it in couple of weeks.
3. I might want to take this up as a hobby if this works out well. Hence, feel free to provide your thoughts about having this as a hobby.
Any tips and tricks, details of links and kinks would be welcome.