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Liquid Plastic Answered

I work at a BSA summer camp each year teaching archery and a little class about things not to bother while at camp. I have to find these bugs/spiders each year and catch them at some risk. I would like to have a perm. display for them to look at with out having to worry about me or them getting bit. I have did a search for said bugs on line but found nothing. Does anyone know how to use the liquid plastic to encase bugs? Please email me at karm1674@yahoo.com. Thanks.

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Shenanigans
Shenanigans

12 years ago

Sort of but not the same thing. I am trying to get a clear mold with the bug inside. ie.. black widow, brown recluse, scorpion, centipede, whip scorpions ect. Everyone has seen these in gift shops and places and thats what I want to do but I do know this stuff gets very hot and will bake the bug if your not careful. Thanks

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iq_abyss
iq_abyss

Reply 12 years ago

I did this with a dragonfly a few years back, I used too much catalyst, baked the thing (you would not believe how bad boiling dragonfly guts smell). But what I learned is... Use the least amount of catalyst possible, it will take longer to cure but there won't be any baked-bug-guts. And pour a first layer, let it set a while, then drop your perfectly posed specimen onto the surface of the semi-hard resson then let it cure for another length of time. And finaly, pour in enough resin to cover the specimen and then some, let the whole thing set for several days to enusre full hardning.

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jtobako
jtobako

Reply 12 years ago

I think the moisture in the bug gets to be the problem-you may have to let it dry out a bit first. One of my scout leaders used a microwave as a 'killing jar', it may help dry out the body as well.

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beado4ever
beado4ever

12 years ago

I've used clear casting resin before for embedding organic matter (bugs to you and me). The only real problem I've come across is the natural oils affect the resin. It's recommended to dip the item in acetone to remove the oils first. Works for me and i get tubs of the stuff off good 'ole t'internet.

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teaaddict314
teaaddict314

12 years ago

well...technically...plastic is a state, not a material... but anyways, resin from art stores should do it.

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jtobako
jtobako

Reply 12 years ago

But resin is not plastic (verb) so why bring it up?

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teaaddict314
teaaddict314

Reply 12 years ago

because it will work.....

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

12 years ago

Try sticking them in a jar with a bag of dessicant for a few days then arange them in clear casting liquid, if you added some of the casting stuff then set the bugs out on it then covered them you could probably get a pretty nice encasement, I'll try this on a small scale if I'm ever doing something with clearcast liquids...

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

12 years ago

it's called resin, you can get it at art stores. Get the clear type. I've never had any luck with it, mine turned all yellow and cracked. I think I added too much catalyst.