{ FAKE ENTOMOLOGY } ! Cruelty-free !

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Among the most beautiful wonders of nature, there are insects! Fascinated by these beautiful and captivating invertebrates and passionate about the Cabinet of Curiosities decorations, a few years ago I found old but sumptuous naturalized insects in flea markets.

Concerned about the well-being of nature's creatures and knowing that many of you also love this type of decoration, it came to me the idea of concocting a tutorial to show you how, with a glass bell, wooden sticks and plastic insect toys, we can create a false entomological decoration without animal violence and by preserving nature!

FRENCH VERSION : http://insolitis.com/tuto-fausse-entomologie/

Step 1: [ S U P P L I E S ]

(1) INSECTS made of plastic, polymer clay, figurines or toys. ∗
(2) NAMES of the insects searched in an encyclopedia or the Internet.
(3) STICKS made of wood.
(4) BELL or a jar made of glass or plastic.
(5) GLUE gun.
(6) ADHESIVE paper, kraft or color of your choice.
(7) PEN ink, gel of black or brown color.
(8) SCISSORS classic.

Here I used plastic toy figurines of beetles (often sold in tubes with sometimes dinosaurs or plastic animals in them, in toy stores or on the Internet. Mine come from AliExpress for 2$ the 6 beetles, don't hesitate to ask me for the URL address if you want the same ones).

Step 2: [ B a S E ]

(1) Start by cutting wooden chopsticks of different heights.
(2) Check if with the insects at the end they fit into the bell.
(3) Place the base of the bell on the back of the adhesive paper to trace its shape.
(4) Then cut out the adhesive paper and paste it to the base of the bell to cover it.

Step 3: [ L a Y O U T ]

(5) Measure the diameter of the base to discreetly mark with the pen the locations where you want to glue the wood sticks.
(6) Make sure that the locations are sufficiently spaced and choose the order of size in which you want the sticks to be placed.
(7) Then glue the sticks generously to the base using the glue gun.
(8) Then let the glued sticks dry on the base, adding glue if some do not hold.

Step 4: [ G L U I N G ]

(9) Apply glue to the back of each insect.
(10) Then stick the insects firmly to the sticks.
(11) Let it dry and in the meantime take the list of insect names.
(12) Then write the names on the adhesive paper and cut them out to make labels.

Step 5: [ L a B E L L I N G ]

(13) Place and stick under each insect the label bearing its name.
(14) Then put the bell back on its base and that's it.

Step 6: [ E N J O Y ]

Your bell of naturalized insects in an entomological way without animal cruelty is finished!

Step 7: [ FAKE TAXIDERMY ]

Discover or rediscover my FAKE TAXIDERMY tutorial! Where I show you, how with a hollow frame, acrylic paint and plastic toy frogs, you can create a pretty frame of fake toxic frogs respectful of nature!

HERE :https://www.instructables.com/id/-FRAMED-FROGS-Cruelty-free-/

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    Alex in NZ

    5 weeks ago

    I had the same idea as bruce.desertrat below, but for tiny toy aircraft :-) I bought a cheap photo-frame, built a 2" deep box to go behind it, decorated the planes and made up suitable Latin names for them. More details in this 'Ible. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

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    InsolitisAlex in NZ

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Your idea is sooooooo cute ! :D Your transformation of these tiny toy aircrafts, your imagination of Latin names and even more your creation of the hollow frame are fantastic, very nice work! :)

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    Alex in NZInsolitis

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thank you for your kind words :-) It all came from your inspiration, so thank you for that too :-)

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    InsolitisAlex in NZ

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    You're welcome! That's what's great about this platform, being able to exchange creative ideas and inspire each other! :)

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    vbanaszak

    7 weeks ago

    I love this! What a wonderful Idea. Maybe I can do one with dinosaurs for my nephew. I do have a large moth in a tiny frame but it died of natural causes and was found behind my trunk while cleaning. I felt he was to beautiful to just toss in the trash. I have also done this with sea shells and put that up in my bathroom in a shadow box.

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    Insolitisvbanaszak

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Thank you! Dinosaurs are a very good idea for a decoration for children! For the naturally dead moth you found, it's a good idea too, it gives it a second life, preserves its beauty and as you say, saves it from the trash! I do the same thing with shells! :)

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    bruce.desertrat

    7 weeks ago

    It would be fun to create such a display with entirely fictional 'creatures': small Pokemon figurines, plastic farm animals, a Hot Wheels car or two, 3d printed miniatures, etc in this style of the old Curiosity Cabinet, :-)

    This is a great clever idea.

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    Insolitisbruce.desertrat

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    You're right it would be a great idea to use Pokemon figurines, farm animals for this type of decoration! The possibilities are endless! :)

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    Kink Jarfold

    8 weeks ago on Step 7

    L'étomologie m'a toujours intéressé et ce que vous avez fait est tellement attrayant. Bon travail. Kink

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    InsolitisKink Jarfold

    Reply 8 weeks ago

    C'est vrai, l'entomologie est un sujet d'étude très intéressant ! :)
    Merci pour votre compliment et pour l'image rigolote ! :D

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    Alex in NZ

    2 months ago

    Nice idea. Thank you for sharing it :-)
    Could you post the URL for where you got the glass bell jar please?

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    InsolitisAlex in NZ

    Reply 2 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you very much! :)

    My bell comes from Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B074MBBSHY/ref=sxbs_sxwds...

    (This one I use in my tutorial is made of plastic and wood, being clumsy and with only a small budget, it was more economical and practical for me! But I speak in the tutorial mainly of glass bells because they are the most common and sold in stores.)

    These are also available on Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_review-rank?key...

    But it seems that some craft shops or online decoration also sell them, for example : https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/glass-cloche-with-woo...
    or https://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/usearch/?query=dome

    I hope this will help you! :)

    Best regards.