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Insect Preservation - A Comprehensive Guide

Learn How To Preserve, Pin and Display Insects

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Entomology is the study of insects and includes the pinning and preservation of insects for future reference. Entomologists have developed protocols for preserving specimens that are designed to provide consistency throughout collections. 

In this book our primary focus is on teaching you how to prepare specimens that will look beautiful. 

Despite this focus we have been careful not to deviate from collection protocols too much. Littered throughout this comprehensive guide are a host of entomology facts, morphology notes as well as practical tips to give you a well-rounded picture of this fascinating field.

We also have kits available that contain everything you need:

  • 10 Assorted Butterflies
  •  2 Stag Beetles
  •  A Tool Holder 
  • 100 Size 3 Entomology Pins 
  • 100 Size 5 Entomology Pins 
  • 300 Extra Long Dressmaker Pins 
  •  Entomology Forceps
  •  Grip Tip Forceps
  •  Pointed Tweezers 
  •  Magnifying Glass 
  •  25 Pieces of Setting Tape
  •  20 Pieces of Setting Card
  •  Paint Brush 
  •  Adjustable Pinning Board
  •  Glass Rehydration Chamber
  •  4 Reusable Linen Sheets
  •  Scissors 
  •  Super Glue
  •  PVA Glue
  •  Insulin Syringe
  •  Glass Vial 
  •  Ruler
  •  2 Glass Slides 
  •  4 Wing Boards
  •  A Shadow Box 
  •  A Backing Board
  •  Diagonal Cutters

Additional specimens and supplies are available in The Cabinet on under Insect Preservation Supplies. 

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What you will learn

  • How To Preserve Insects!

What you will get

  • An Understand Of The Natural World

What to bring

  • Everything Is Included If You Get The Kit

Appropriate for

Anyone With A Curious Mind

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Natalie Delaney-John has travelled 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, demonstrations and now sells DIY kits so that you can learn this beautiful art in the comfort of your own home.

Since 2016, the Rest in Pieces team has expanded further into the 'dying arts', offering new classes and workshops aimed at preserving and presenting natural specimens. 

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If you have purchased an item from us and it arrives damaged, we will need photo evidence and the item returned.  We will then refund you or ship you out a replacement. 

If you have booked a workshop ticket we understand that sometimes you just can't make a class. The best thing to do is to contact us as soon as you can to let us know. If you give us two weeks notice, we can offer to transfer you to the next scheduled class. This will incur a $10 admin fee. Transfer requests made with less than two weeks notice will incur a $50 admin fee. 

If you need to cancel, with two weeks notice or more we will refund the full price of the workshop, minus $50 booking fee, less than two weeks and we will refund 50% minus
$50 booking fee.

Unfortunately we won't be able to offer refunds for cancellations or class transfers received "last minute" - the day before the workshop or on the day of the workshop. 

COVID-19: If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have been advised to self-isolate by government mandates, please let us know as soon as possible and we can offer to transfer you to a future class. In these instances, "last-minute" requests for transfers will be allowed, but will attract a $50 admin fee. 

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Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Rest in Pieces or organised by Rest in Pieces must agree to these terms and conditions:


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Rest in Pieces.


I agree to give Rest in Pieces unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Rest in Pieces classes and events or on Rest in Pieces' premises. (For use of Rest in Pieces marketing materials).


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In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit. Class cancellations may occur where necessary, for example where class bookings do not meet minimum numbers.

5.) COVID-19

Students agree not to attend classes if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if they have been advised to self-isolate in line with government restrictions. 

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