Not many people know this but I have a bit of a phobia when it comes to butterflies, Yeh! I know they are pretty and look delicate when they flutter about, however have you ever seen one close up? eeeeeek! They are pretty scary with their hairy, and I mean HAIRY!!!! ugly bodies....and... the colours on their wings come off if touched, not to mention the fluttering...shudder!!!
Anyway I decided as a therapy I would make a specimen box to show my favorite fabrics and despite the fact I hate the blighters I do love their varying wing shapes and felt they would work, I hope you all agree.
YOU WILL NEED
Ruler + Quilters rule
Stiffy (fabric stiffener)
3D Foam Pads
Paper scissors + Small Fabric Scissors
Tracing paper (optional)
Wax Paper, Mountboard or Thick Card in your chosed background colour.
Photocopy your selected butterflies, you can trace or draw freehand, (depends if your lazy like me) then cut them out.
Cut your butterflies in half, you will see why later.
The fun but difficult task of selecting your fabrics, blues and greens are my weapons of choice. I did use scraps honest,I only used these larger pieces for the benefit of the photo.
Place a butterfly on the fold (right sides together) of fabric and using a pencil draw around the edge, now pin to secure together as it makes it easier to cut out. Remember to cut along the inside edge as the pencil marks will show through once you have coated them with the Stiffy.
All nicely cut out.
(Optional) Using some old card or several cereal boxes make up an angled former, this is for your butterflies to rest on so they will have a 'lively' look, the angle is up to you, I think mine is about 45deg. The length depends on the size of your butterflies.
Tape your wax paper over your former and onto the table, (see below) then tape the whole lot down to stop it from moving. Using the centre groove as a placement guide for the body, place a butterfly onto the wax paper and give it a generous coating of Stiffy, remove any residue. Repeat with the rest.
All done and waiting to dry.
Cut a piece of card or mount the same size as the frame backing board. Now you need to mark out your mount points by arranging your butterflies, I was happy with the centres 3" apart, I first found the centre point of the card and worked from there. Sorry the quality of this picture isn't the best.
If your foam 3d pads are not high enough you may want to double them up as I have.
Once your buterflies have fully dried, carefully peel them off the wax paper, you may need to trim any frayed edges, peel of the papers of the 3d foam and stick the butterflies in place. Your mounted butterflies should look something like this.