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WIRED OPEN LABS 2018: Butterflies and Bubbles



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

Throughout the 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.


What You'll 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'll Get

As usual you can sit back and get creative because the RIP team will take care of everything for you.

  • At the end of the day you will walk away with three 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.
  • 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.
  • An amazing experience amongst like-minded people.

What to bring 

  • Extra layers in case the space gets warm or cool.
  • Camera or camera phone. And get ready to #thewiredlab #restinpiecestaxidermy and feel free to add @restinpiecestaxidermy as well as @TheWiredLab to your instagram.

Who Should Attend?

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


Sunday 17 June 2018
10:00am - 6:00pm


Jugiong Memorial Hall
299 Riverside Drive
Jugiong, NSW 2726

For groups who wish to organise an experience of all Jugiong has to offer we highly recommend Jugiong Retreats, an 'experiences' booking service.


$550 per ticket (GST inc)
20 places available


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.


The name of the kit indicates the feature specimen in the kit.

Death's Head Hawkmoth / Ulysses Butterfly kit:

  • A Death's Head Hawkmoth / Ulysses Butterfly 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 
Other mechandise to complement your Take Home Kit, is available for purchase on the day, 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.

Contact Details

Anna Schoo | The WIRED Lab | anna@wiredlab.org



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. Now an award-winning taxidermist herself, she is the proud founder of Rest in Pieces, which launched Australia's first taxidermy workshop, talks and DIY Taxidermy Revival Kits.

In 2016 the R.I.P team expanded to bring you Skeletal Articulation and Intermediate Taxidermy classes.

2018 is proving to be even larger with the team now growing to five teachers and spreading their wings to bring you a new beginner entomology class.

Rest in Pieces has been featured on SBS, ABC and Channel 10 television, in print in the Age and the Guardian and regularly appears on-air with both local and national radio stations.




This project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


The Wired Lab is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

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