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I recommend even taking a photo of the scorpion before you collect it, this may provide a reference to how the scorpion holds its body naturally. Symmetry is everything. When you pin different parts of the scorpion, pin it in a left-to-right pattern.
At no point do you drive a pin through the body of the scorpion, always set the body and all the other bits by pinning on either side. Follow your head.
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There really is not set-in-stone method to pinning a scorpion. Basically if it looks right, great. Use the Pillar, Over-cross and Under-cross methods in most cases, but an occasional single pin here and there can also make the world of difference. Notice on my specimen how I added a single pin in-between the gap of each pincer? Such details improve the specimen greatly.
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This ties in with my next point: 5. Pay great attention to detail. Now you leave your specimen to dry out completely. Usually a week or two will do the trick, but rather leave it pinned for too long that not long enough. The specimen should NOT give off any smell what-so-ever. The diluted glue will dry transparent, while at the same time providing a bit more reinforcement to the joints. Once the specimen has dried out properly after a week or two, carefully remove the pins one-by-one.
Take care when working around the legs. Your scorpion is now ready to display! Question 2 months ago. The notion that cold blooded animals dont feel pain when frozen isn't always true. Snakes, for example, can feel the cells in their body expanding as they freeze which can be extremely painful. This is why we are fazing freezing out as a culling method for severly deformed specimens. Otherwise, great article! Awesome instructable. I have never seen such a detailed explanation of how to prepare a specimen like this for display, using the right technique, chemicals and tools, all in one place.
This is awesome. Just love it! Could I translate this article to Vietnamese and share it among my friends who love scorpion. Thanks in advance :. This is a well done and fascinating instructable, nice work and thank you for sharing. I do have a few questions; if I can only get acetone from the paint section at my local hardware store is there anything I Should have to worry about?
Like say a moth? Reply 6 years ago on Introduction.
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Hey Cannibal, thanks for the feedback. Regarding your questions, as far as I know, the painting acetone is not very different from the medical grade stuff, so I'm sure it'll work fine. The big thing about choosing your acetone is A to make sure it's clear, if it's dyed acetone like many nail varnish removers then you run the risk of colouring the translucent parts of the scorpion and B the label should tell you whether there are any additives.
As for your second question, well, dry-mounting a butterfly or a moth is very different indeed. Scorpions are pretty tough creatures, living or dead, so you can cut them, dunk them and handle them. Butterflies and moths have tiny scales on their wings which, aside from allowing flight, also are the sole pigment carriers. Mounting butterflies and moths requires more specialist gear like a setting board.
Hope this helps! Awesome job on the micro-geocache! So evil No, I don't want to make one but I'm really pleased that now I could if I chose to. Thanks, I think :p.
Haha, yeah well, when I started dry-mounting I struggled like mad to find a good recipe, the rest all talk of cotton wool stuffing and other methods. My method of using a paste is pretty much brand new I think , so I published this as an alternative to the current methods which are messy and leave inaccurate body shapes This is one of the things I love about Instructables. I've seen animals and other arthropods mounted in museums and always wondered how it was done. Now I know.
I also caught your age reference in the beginning. I Wiki'ed it. Who knew that some of these critters can live to be 25 years old. Thanks again for doing this. Cool, scorpions are truly fascinating creatures, full of impressive "popcorn facts". I'm glad you enjoyed the read. While I may never dry mount a scorpion but never say never! Good job and thanks! I'm so excited to get these directions.
Years ago I tried to dry mount Latrodectus Mactans for a homeopathic shadow box I was designing of the same remedy. A scientist at the Smithsonian Institute answered by email about how to euthanize it After that I was on my own. The body imploded a little I didn't drain it after defrosting it. I was able to seal it in liquid glass and position it on an acrylic block inside the frame. I would like to redo it some day if I ever find a black widow as large and beautiful as this one which was discovered in dumpster at Stanford University by some brave college students who had heard of my search of her for an educational project.
Your instructions are so much appreciated. Hey there, I'm really pleased that you've enjoyed this.
You can use the same thing for spiders, but it'll be more difficult. What you'll have to do there is insert a needle directly into the abdomen, either from the joint between the abdomen and cephalothorax, or form the trachea. Don't stick the needle straight into the backside of the spider because you'll want to pin out the spinnerets.
Then basically push and pull on the syringe to loosen the entrails, suck them out with the syringe until the abdomen has more or less collapsed. Remove the syringe, but leave the needle in place that way you won't need to find the hole again. Fill the syringe with some acetone and repeat the "push-pull" manoeuvre.
Flushing the body cavity with acetone will help to clean it as well as displace any moisture left inside it. Then remove the syringe, again leaving the needle in place. Mix some slightly stiffer than normal wood glue and inject it into the body cavity until the spider has reached it's natural size or perhaps a teeny bit larger than natural. Pin the legs in place, don't forget the pedipalps and spinnerets! Two tips on dry-mounting spiders: 1 Once you've inserted the needle, don't remove it you're sure you won't need to insert it again. If you plan on sealing it in sodium silicate or synthetic resin then you won't need to do any of this, the specimen should keep its's shape accurately.
Latrodectus will give you a proper challenge to dry-mount naturally because their natural pose is oddly unnatural! But i dont like, cause I have a special feeling with life. Good work.