June 21, 2017 (Insect Wings)

Dragonfly wing with nail polish coat

Dragonfly wing with nail polish coat

Last September, I posted the following to Facebook:

Every day Mr. Jivvy and I drive to the renovation house [2017: where we now live] so we can paint, paint, and paint. It’s a 45 minute drive and we always make a coffee stop.

Today, at our coffee place, we were walking back to the car and Mr. Jivvy, knowing I have art projects in mind that include dragonfly wings, says, “Oh look, there’s a dead dragonfly for you.” [I’m only willing to use bits from bugs that are already dead]

And there he was — huge, beautiful, and squished by a car. But his wings were in good shape, so I scooped him up (actually, just the part that was still attached to the wings) and as I got in the car, I said, “I wish I had a place to put him.”

Mr. Jivvy, turning to face me, said, “I’m glad you don– oh geez, you picked it up.”

Well, of course I did. His wings were in awesome shape. And big. He was perfect.

And then I remembered that I had glassine envelopes in my purse, because doesn’t everyone?


This week I started experimenting with ways to strengthen/preserve the wings (they’ve already been soaked in acetone to remove any meaty/fatty bits). Clear nail polish for the win.


2 comments for “June 21, 2017 (Insect Wings)

  1. Carolyn
    June 23, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Kismet or serendipity – a splendid find indeed! I love the way Mr. J points the dragonfly out then is suprised you picked it up. Typical Mr. reaction – contradiction. I guess that it why we love them so, because they always keep us guessing.
    I love the way your crafty mind thinks. I never would have thought to soak the wings in acetone prior to sealing them. That’s probably why I love you blog oh so much – because I always learn something new with a smile!

    • Jivvy
      June 25, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      The acetone was the contribution of the insect collectors of the world. I decided I should probably check out what they do to keep the juicy bits from leaking out and acetone was the answer. 😉

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