PinsNBeetles

Real butterfly jewelry and framed insect displays

Freehold, New Jersey
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Announcement    ♦PinsNBeetles aims to re-purpose and encapsulate the wonders of nature in an effort to educate, and hopefully positively impact the prejudice we have against insects. Many of us will never travel as much as we want to, but my pieces come from insects that span across the globe, offering a window into the world that lies beyond your backyard.

♦Please note that I don't kill any of these bugs. Sometimes I collect them locally after they've died, or they've been donated to me by friends I've connected with through social media. Many also originate from farms which help protect the integrity of the environment and keep endangered species safe.

♦If you enjoy nature, and offbeat stuff, I hope you'll keep in touch and follow me on Instagram and Facebook at PinsAndBeetles for updates and coupons.
♦If you have any questions, convo me here or email me anytime at PinsAndBeetlesMailbox at Gmail.

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Last updated on Feb 1, 2022

♦PinsNBeetles aims to re-purpose and encapsulate the wonders of nature in an effort to educate, and hopefully positively impact the prejudice we have against insects. Many of us will never travel as much as we want to, but my pieces come from insects that span across the globe, offering a window into the world that lies beyond your backyard.

♦Please note that I don't kill any of these bugs. Sometimes I collect them locally after they've died, or they've been donated to me by friends I've connected with through social media. Many also originate from farms which help protect the integrity of the environment and keep endangered species safe.

♦If you enjoy nature, and offbeat stuff, I hope you'll keep in touch and follow me on Instagram and Facebook at PinsAndBeetles for updates and coupons.
♦If you have any questions, convo me here or email me anytime at PinsAndBeetlesMailbox at Gmail.

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Sales 802
On Etsy since 2015

I like big bugs and I cannot lie.

"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you" - B.B. King

Hi! My name is Elise. Everything I do here is self taught, I've never had special schooling or an apprenticeship, but I've put many hours into studying the process of insect pinning and jewelry making to a point where I can be confident in my abilities and offer them to you.

Insect pinning? What's that? Are these REAL bugs?

YES! Insect pinning is the process of re-hydrating an insect so all its parts are moveable again, and then setting it in the position you want (with pins). After death they dry out and become very brittle, so you need to restore that moisture. This is most commonly done by placing your insect into a "hydration chamber", which is really just a fancy way of saying air-tight container with warm, damp paper towels. Basically a bug sauna! The time your little friend is in there will vary depending on its size, but somewhere between a day and three, usually. Some larger bugs will take even longer!

Once our friend is nice and ready...
♪ You know what to do with that big fat buuug
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle ♪

Okay, so now you want to make sure each appendage is nice and flexible. Once we've stretched (and, yes, wiggled), you're finally ready to pin him down. Woohoo! After you've got him the way you want him, let him hang out like that for a couple days - he needs some time to adjust (why do I feel like we're not talking about bugs anymore?..) Once he's ready, you can remove all your carefully placed pins and he'll be just the way you want him.

And that's the basics of insect pinning.

So I hope I made learning about my process and what I do to create a piece enjoyable. Sorry about all the bug puns. Sure. You can pretend they were louse-y. You can ants if you want to, you can weevil your friends behind....OK, OK.

But thanks for reading, and I hope you drop by again!

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  • Elise Stultz

    Owner, Creator, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Welcome to Pins N Beetles! Find mounted insects to scratch that entomology itch, add a unique and exotic conversation piece to your home décor, or express your love for nature though real butterfly and moth pendants. Thanks for looking, and we hope you'll enjoy.

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Cancellations: not accepted

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***Items will not be shipped until payment is received and processed.*** Currently we accept Paypal, and credit/debit transactions.

Shipping

********Unfortunately due to national shipping regulations we are unable to ship our framed insect displays internationally without extensive fees.********

Your package will ship within 1-3 business days after payment is received. Custom/Preorders may take longer, because they're made to order, so please allow 1-2 weeks for your item to ship. Please note that they will often ship much sooner than that! If you need your order by a specific date, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your needs.

For my international customers:
Please be aware that international shipping can take several weeks to arrive. Also, please prepare that you might have import duties or taxes to pay on your package upon delivery or pickup. These fees are not included in the purchase or shipping price as they are levied by your country. I would advise checking with your local postmaster to determine if import fees apply. If you do not agree to pay these import duties or taxes if they are required, you are free to cancel your order within 24 hours of purchase.

Additional policies and FAQs

Please be sure to enter your correct and current address during check out. If your order is shipped to the wrong address, I cannot offer refunds once an item is shipped in this event.

If your order is marked DELIVERED according to tracking, yet you have not received your package, I cannot offer a refund or replacement :(. This is due to the amount of fraudulent claims being made for online orders.
The best thing you can do in this situation is check with your neighbors in case they were given your package accidentally, or contact your local post office for more information.

More information

Last updated on May 9, 2022

Frequently asked questions

How do you source your insects?

Sometimes I find them locally. Other times friends I’ve connected with on social media donate to me their finds! These insects are always found already dead, so nothing is killed for art. Just thoughtfully repurposed after their natural deaths.

The more exotic types you see in my shop, either come from insect farms/sanctuaries, or breeders, and are not wild caught. These establishments are an important aspect of wildlife conservation because natural habitats must be preserved in order to care for their insects. This is land that would otherwise be used for agriculture, and require acres of forest to be removed. By providing jobs that help keep forest intact, we’re protecting not only insects, but also the homes of many other animals.