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Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly 12/10/11

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Project by sharad posted 10-12-2011 11:30 AM 2462 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a piece of plywood lying around not knowing what to do of it. Trash it! not possible. One day it may be useful. Last weekend I got an inspiration to put it to use by making a Zebra Swallowtail butterfly by using my fret saw. For the body of the butterfly a small dry twig which I had kept for some use came in handy. Antennas were made from a flexible metal wire from waste.The body is shaped by means of point files. I had to cut short a pair of swordlike tails extending from the hind wings to adjust the size on an A 4 paper. This can be used as a decorative piece on a wall by adding couple of other butterflies of different pattern. To avoid the glare of the flash seen in the third picture I used a brown paper in the background. I hope you like it.

1. Plywood for wings

2. Twig for the body

4. Brown Paper background


Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein



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daltxguy

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posted 10-12-2011 11:45 AM

I like it a lot Sharad – a lot of talent there!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Iris43

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posted 10-12-2011 03:10 PM

Wonderful, Sharad! That would make an attractive addition to the garden….with or without more.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-13-2011 12:29 AM

very impressive!! Creative, beautiful – and using salvaged materials. Fantastic.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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justjoel

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posted 10-13-2011 10:55 PM

For some reason I’m drawn to projects where folks re-use materials. To have them turn out as beautifully as yours has, Sharad, really shows folks that you don’t always have to go out and purchase your garden art, you can make it yourself! Lovely!

Is this a butterfly that is native to your area? I don’t think I’ve seen one like this before, and I pay attention to things like this.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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sharad

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posted 10-14-2011 08:49 AM

Jj, this is mainly a tropical butterfly but is found in many other places including North America and Australia but not in Antarctica. I am glad you like things made from scrap. Thanks for your kind words.
Daltxguy, Iris and Debbie thanks for your encouraging comments. Wood working using hand tools is slowly becoming a thing of the past with the advent of power tools and with that we are losing the skillful hands. I always compare it with hand writing and type writing. Is not hand writing deteriorating these days?

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 10-29-2011 03:29 PM

Your butterfly looks great Sharad.Nice job of painting it.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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sharad

1639 posts in 1877 days
hardiness zone 11

posted 10-30-2011 08:27 PM

Bon, I have not painted the butterfly. I pasted a picture of Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly on a piece of plywood and cut the pattern with a fret saw. My skill lies in using a fret saw (a hand tool) and making the body of the butterfly.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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