look for some thing i can use to replace broken antenna, 9/10 papered butterflies i buy end up with broken ones before i get them as they all get checked by customs entering my country and well lets just say they are not the most gentle of people, so if anyone has any ideas on what i could you would be awesome.
It is difficult to replicate antennae. Some people use cotton thread, this doesn't usually look very convincing.
If you have any polystyrene strips (like you get with plastic model aircraft kits) you can, carefully, soften a length over a candle flame then pull the two ends apart, this produces a thin filament of plastic. With practice you can vary the thickness and taper of the filament and add a "club" to the end of the "antenna", using a solvent like toluene or amyl acetate to slightly dissolve the plastic then shaping it with a pin. The length of plastic is light and can be curved by gently rubbing one side with a finger nail. You can then then cut to length and paint them with the correct colour of acrylic paint.
Some people do have boxes of spare antennae from damaged specimens, always the best option if available.
Last Edit: Nov 11, 2011 7:36:34 GMT -8 by johnnyboy
Post by wingedwishes on Nov 12, 2011 13:53:35 GMT -8
I've seen cases where the wings were detached and reversed so that the verso was showing on top. Confusing!
Good vendors from whom I've had good experiences: Insect Collectors Shop Bill Oehlke Tropical Butterflies of America- Honor and praise to the late Mr. Serrano--- Insect-Sale Chuck Ianni Dr. Defreina Ken Thorne Insect Collector Shop Girardy's Chuck Limmer
Post by papilio28570 on Nov 30, 2011 16:29:58 GMT -8
I save antennae from damaged specimens.
If you do not, you can use the bristles from a hair brush made of boar's hair. Dip one end in thick or almost dry glue to create a club at one end. Takes practice. Also, keep a set of "washable children's paint" handy. When glue dries, dip it in black paint. Paint set is available at WalMart craft aisle.