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New Developments in the Desert

The Desert Star flower harvesting/restoration in the Desert diorama has been productive. The tiny flowers were completely remodeled with new flowerettes and new (hairy) leaves. We finished about 200 flowers, with about 4 leaves per flower. Collin and I opened … Continue reading

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More on the Scorpions

After the sodium hydroxide bath and power-washing at the CEID, the spray paint adhered beautifully to the printed scorpion and will provide a secure foundation for oil or acrylic paint. Note: Stratasys has a website that covers how to paint … Continue reading

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Some Success with Small Specimens

Collin and I set up an appointment with Chelsea Graham at West Campus to try out her Artec scanner. We were told that this is the next level scanner up from the David scanner we already have and it might … Continue reading

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3D Update

The 3D work on the birds for the Connecticut Bird Hall continues to move forward. I thought I would write up an update on the latest work and post some photos. We are scanning study skins from the Ornithology collection. … Continue reading

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Bog Restoration Complete

With the repainting of the Bog Vole (a wood carved model), Eunice, Collin and I have completed the renovation of the bog diorama. The bog vole looked bleached out and not very alive. Collin painted it using 2D painting techniques … Continue reading

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Fly in the Ointment

The Bog diorama features a fly stuck in the receptacle of one of the pitcher plants in the foreground. The original preparators, directed by Ralph Morrill, glued actual dead flies onto a plexiglass surface inside the pitcher plant as if … Continue reading

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Bog-o-rama

I have a new assistant, Collin Moret, who comes in full days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Since he is a 20-something and can get in and out of the dioramas a lot easier than I can, I put him in … Continue reading

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