Butterflies are some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. They come in amazing sizes, colors and pattern that are just great to look at. There are over 15,000 species of butterflies, each dating back thousands of years. While butterflies are beautiful to look at in the outdoor, they can also be used in framed art. If you want to bring nature into your home or office, then mounted butterflies are one of the ways to go. Here are the steps to creating your own collection display of framed butterflies.

Capturing a butterfly on your own can be a difficult task. Your best bet would be to buy from an online store. Most of the butterflies sold on the internet will have their wings closed and so you'll need to relax them and leave them to dry for few minutes.

The next step involves placing your butterfly inside an envelope, folding it and cutting a hole in one or two corners to allow out moisture. Take two slightly wet towels and place the envelope between them. Take the towels and store it in a box made of plastic. To prevent formation of mildew, place moth balls near the envelope. Once you've done this, leave the butterfly there for at least 24 hours, after which it will be fully relaxed.

Take out the butterfly from box and push a pin through its thorax with the wings open. Make sure it comes out of the other side. Using the pin, mount the butterfly on foam board and let it dry. Use a strip of paper to secure the wings from top to bottom. Make sure the strip of paper overhangs and pin it to the board without piercing through the wings. Now leave the butterfly to dry for at least two days and then frame it.
October 02, 2014 by David Ardenti

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