Rest in Pieces - Butterflies & Bubbles - SYDNEY

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Rest in Pieces invites you to attend a morning of Butterflies & Bubbles.

We are absolutely thrilled to have Jason Penfold, RIP's employee of the year for 2016, stepping out of the cocoon and spreading his wings to teach our very first butterfly and moth pinning workshop.

Throughout the morning workshop, Jason will guide you through this fascinating world. You will learn how to rehydrate your specimens, how to create your own pinning board, how to pin specimens in 3 different styles and learn how to unpin and present your feature specimen in a shadow box.

At the end of the day you will walk away with the 3 practice butterflies & your chosen feature specimen (Ulysses Butterfly or Death's Head Hawkmoth). You will also take home a shadow box to mount your beautiful creation in.

As usual you can sit back and get creative because the RIP team will take care of everything for you. All necessary tools along with your specimens, apron, scones and bubbles will be provided.

We also have take home kits available to purchase so you can practice your newly acquired skills in your own time. 


Please notice that there are 2 workshop options in the booking section. The name of the workshop indicates the feature specimen that you would like to prepare on the day. So while you will learn the same techniques in the workshop, the Death's Head Hawkmoth Workshop will see you walking away with a ready-to-mount Death's Head Hawkmoth and the Ulysses Butterfly Workshop will see you walking away with a ready-to-mount Ulysses Butterfly. Of course, you can always purchase a Take Home Kit if you'd like to end up with both specimens on your wall. See below for Take Home Kit options.

What to Bring

  • Camera or camera phone. Get ready to #restinpiecestaxidermy and feel free to add @restinpiecestaxidermy to your instagram.

On the Day

  • Please arrive on time!
  • Don't forget to have breakfast as it will be a long day
  • Free parking is available on the street

In order to finalise your booking, can you please provide the following information:

  • Dietary requirements?
  • Do you have a preferred name/nickname?
  • How did you find out about Rest in Pieces?

Would you like to book one of our take home kits?

If the answer is 'YES' simply select the kit option you would like in the Merchandise section. The name of the kit indicates the feature specimen in the kit.

Death's Head Hawkmoth kit

- A Death's Head Hawkmoth to work on at home

- 3 additional practice specimens

- A complete set of the tools used in the workshop

- List of instructions used on the day 

Ulysses Butterfly kit contains the following:

- A Ulysses butterfly to work on at home

- 3 additional practice specimens

- A complete set of the same tools used in the workshop

- List of instructions used on the day 

We also have other mechandise available to complement your Take Home Kit such as shadow boxes and glass domes.  

Please note: if you are flying in for the workshop and want a take home kit, you will need to have checked-in luggage as the sharp items will not be accepted in hand luggage.

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Class Schedule

Saturday, 25th November 2017, 9.00am to 3.00pm

What you will learn
  • How to rehydrate a specimen
  • 3 different pinning techniques for shaping and preserving your specimen
  • How to properly unpin, prepare and present your specimen
What you will get
  • 3 test specimens to practice on
  • 1 feature specimen (choice of either Ulysses Butterfly or Death's Head Hawkmoth)
  • Glass-fronted shadow box to mount your feature specimen in
  • Optional take home kit to work on your skills in your own time
  • All the tools required for the entomology experience
  • Snacks and bubbles all morning!

What to bring
  • Camera or camera phone
What to wear

Dress in layers to suit a warehouse climate

Appropriate for

Anyone over the age of 16 with a love of science, insects and art.

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27 December 2017 • Rest in Pieces - Butterflies & Bubbles - SYDNEY

This was the best learning experience I have had in a long time. Very professional while still being a lot of fun. A month later I am sable to do what I learnt with confidence. Thank you


03 December 2017 • Rest in Pieces - Butterflies & Bubbles - SYDNEY

Amazing class, very well structured and I definitely feel that I can now go ahead and start setting up my own specimens solo! All of the staff were absolutely gorgeous - I'll definately be making time for more classes with Rest in Pieces next year.


28 November 2017 • Rest in Pieces - Butterflies & Bubbles - SYDNEY

it was great........I like the teaching style. This is my 3rd class.......am looking to do the next skeletal articulation class next.

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