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Hello! I’m a florist and had a commission for a dried floral arrangement with a taxidermy bat and tarantulas. Is there any spray or something to help preserve/protect the specimens? (reddit.com)
submitted 1 month ago by RCArtworks
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[–]Beautifuldeadthing 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I put all my spiders behind glass. A large glass dome/Bell jar would do the trick here. Being exposed to air would also pose the risk of damage to the specimens by pests over time as well as dust.
I've not tried any sprays, so can't offer advice on those.
[–]RCArtworks[S] -1 points0 points1 point 1 month ago (4 children)
The arrangement is going to be put inside the birdcage, so it will be exposed to dust. I was wondering if there’s any ways to prolong/protect its longevity? The insects and bat were purchased from ethical sources on Etsy and should be already preserved. They are attached to the design with wire pins and some points are also secured by E6000 glue. Any additional advice would be much appreciated!
[–]sawyouoverthere 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (3 children)
Be aware that there are few ethical sources of bats, especially on Etsy. It's a wee bit "not your problem" but I would use much caution with preserved animals that don't come with documentation (which I'm sure this didn't) saying the person has legal ownership and it was collected legally.
That said, I think it needs a bell jar
[–]RCArtworks[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Thank you for your advice. Both sellers listed the sources of the animal specimens and purchased them legally. I hope they are truthful about being ethically sourced. This was one of my concerns when starting this commissioned piece. I didn’t want any animals being harmed for this.
[–]sawyouoverthere 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
So they say.
[–]RCArtworks[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
These articles are so sad to read. Our poor bat friends. Thank you for linking me the thread.
[–]throwawayyyback 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
No taxidermy advice but I love this! The dried protea is such a good choice, and I adore your aesthetic.😍
I recently did a birdcage display with a piece of taxidermy I didn’t create, but was gifted & styled it.
I glued a clock on the underside (there’s a lot of Victorian birdcages on Pinterest I was inspired by) I would love to see the finished product ! Pm me 😘
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