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Butterfly Pinning Workshop

In this beginner’s class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation and preservation-choose to work on a beautiful butterfly or moth. Students will select from a variety of responsibly sourced specimens (there will be plenty of each specimen so there will be something unique for everyone). We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of humanely sourced specimens in various sizes, and shapes will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays.

All specimen are sustainably sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.

Students go home with their own prepared insect or arachnid specimen, an extra specimen to work on at home, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, a simple display case, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.


Please note: No physical tickets will be sent for the class.
We maintain a list of each ticket purchaser and how many tickets they have purchased.
It is no problem if the ticket was purchased as a gift, just have the participant give us the name of the purchaser on the day of the class.

Any other questions, feel free to e-mail us: bazaarbaltimore@gmail.com