We spent the last two and a half weeks raising Painted Lady butterflies. Unfortunately, after our butterflies emerged from their cocoons, our curious kitten managed to knock their habitat off of the desk which smashed one of the poor little guys underneath the feeding bowl. My boys were pretty bummed about it, so I promised them that we would do something special with their dead butterfly.
The boys wanted to frame the butterfly as specimen artwork, but despite my best attempt and way too much Googling, it still wasn’t working, and I ended up tearing the edges of the wings a bit. I decided that the only way I was going to salvage Mr. Butterfly was to try to preserve the wings another way. I had seen some lovely butterfly jewelry from Trinkets and Butterflies at the Queen Bee Market at SNAP, so I decided to use some supplies that I had on-hand to try to create my own.
I added a small amount of Diamond Glaze to the top and used a toothpick to gently spread it all around. I finished it off by topping it with a clear glass cabochon and adding a copper-toned chain.
Easy peasy! The entire project only took about 5 minutes + drying time!
It is SO hard to photograph the necklace with the glass cabochon on top – it reflects everything! It’s really much brighter and vibrant than these photos show, and it’s really pretty! The best part is that my boys think it’s super cool too 🙂