"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
Long time followers of Take Courage may remember that I've mentioned these butterfly boxes before (excuse the dodgy formatting, my blog has changed a lot since then!). Well, a year and a half later they are finally ready to put on the wall! It took so bloody long because to do it properly we had a spend a little bit of money - so the Texan and I bought each piece we needed as and when we had the spare cash...
Here's what we did:
- The Texan stripped and revarnished the boxes and added a strip of wood alongside the inside walls to create a frame.
- We had to scour the internet for special entomological foam, which we covered in a nice white fabric which I found in John Lewis.
- Some of the butterflies needed repairing - this involved using special glue to delicately piece their wings back together again.
- We then pinned each butterfly and its label in place (this was the fun bit!).
- The Texan and I spent a while debating whether to use real glass or a plastic alternative to place on top of the frames. In the end we opted for a high-quality plexiglass, since this would be safer (in case the glass ever popped out of the frame). I was afraid it would look cheap and nasty, but actually it looks just as good as real glass and I don't have to worry about it breaking.
- Fixing the plexiglass into the wooden frames was a challenge. Should we use glue? Tacks? Nails? Whilst pondering life in the shower, I came up with the idea of using little corner pieces of wood to rest on top of the plexiglass and hold it in place. And it worked!
And here's the final product! I'm really pleased with how the boxes have turned out and I'm glad these beautiful butterflies have a chance to be admired. As I said last time, I'd personally never buy new taxidermied butterflies (I think it's just awful to kill them for aesthetic pleasure) but these butterflies are over 50 years old and it's only right that they be enjoyed. And now they can!