Step by step on relaxing insects for pinning!
Relaxing is needed when you want to place an insect in a particular position. If you tried to do this with a dried specimen, you would break the wings, legs, etc. and that stuff is hard to glue.
You will need paper towel, a sealable Tupperware container, mouthwash, and dry insects.
- soak paper towel in mouthwash. (We use mouthwash because it is an anti-bacterial, and will prevent mold from growing on your specimens.) The paper towel should not be sopping wet in any way. Evenly damp is a great way I would describe how it should be.
- put a layer of the wet paper towel in the container, and put your specimens gently on top. Cover them with another layer.
- you can put as many layers of bugs and paper towel in as you’d like. Just don’t press down or you risk damage to the insects.
- Seal the container, and wait anywhere between 5-48 hours before pinning. You will know they are ready if you can move the limbs with little effort. They should bend at the joints, rather than being brittle.
Part two is on its way when my insects have fully relaxed! I will put up a tutorial on how to pin them :) stay tuned!