Rest in Pieces Butterflies & Bubbles

Next Available: Sun, 08 Jul 10:30AM
7.0 hours x 1 Classes


Rest in Pieces invites you to attend a day of Entomology! 

We are absolutely thrilled to have Jason Penfold stepping out of the cacoon and spreading his wings to teach our butterfly and moth pinning workshop.

Throughout the afternoon 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 afternoon 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, afternoon tea 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.

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 17th February 2017, 10.30 AM to 5.30 PM

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

What to bring
  • Camera or camera phone
What to wear

Dress in layers to suit the Melbourne climate

Appropriate for

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


Rest in Pieces

Vendor since 2015

Taxidermy - Taxis 'arrangement' + Derma 'skin'

Natalie Delaney-John has traveled far and wide to learn the art of taxidermy and has been mentored by some of the world's best and most awarded taxidermists. She is the proud founder of Rest in Pieces, which launched Australia's first taxidermy workshops, conducts talks and has just released the Revival Kit so that you can learn this beautiful art in the comfort of your own home.

In 2016 the R.I.P team expanded to bring you Skeletal Articulation and Intermediate Taxidermy classes. Next year is set to see the team expand even further with the addition of Death Moth Entomology classes, a Taxidermy Taster class and Advanced classes.

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23 February 2018 • Rest in Pieces Butterflies & Bubbles

Totally recommend to “ANYONE “ do a course with Rest in Pieces, Nat and the entire team are great people, with incredible knowledge and skills, and they provide a highly informative and relaxing experience. I will definitely be back to do more with these wonderful people.


15 December 2017 • Rest in Pieces Butterflies & Bubbles

This class was the most fun I have had in ages! Such a great group, teachers and students alike. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow and lead to some beautiful results. The specimens were stunning and delicate to work with. Can't wait to do more!


02 October 2017 • Rest in Pieces Butterflies & Bubbles

A truly inspirational day. The venue was perfect, hospitality was wonderful and the teaching engaging and fun. I came away well informed about all the techniques taught on the day. I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about taking part. When Rest in Pieces expand on the entomology classes in the future.... I will certainly be taking part

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