Wearable specimen sculpture & curiosities

Los Angeles, California On Etsy since 2007

2,288 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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Wearable specimen sculpture & curiosities

Los Angeles, California | 2,288 Sales

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**Please view my about page for specimen sourcing info. Thanks!


Last updated on Jul 18, 2019

Hi & welcome! :-)

**Please view my about page for specimen sourcing info. Thanks!


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About Silentcheesecake

Sales 2,288
On Etsy since 2007

Inspired by Nature & Science

Hi, I'm Michelle, and I'm the owner and operator of Silentcheesecake Designs. I'm an illustrator, nature enthusiast, sculptor, and designer.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I loved digging for worms, collecting dead insects, and observing the natural world. It provided solace and kept me curious in a large, bustling city. Nature and science became my biggest source of inspiration.

One evening in 2005, I found a deceased bee in my backyard and decided to preserve it. The preservation method was inspired by my mother's floral candles. It soon evolved from being personal relics to a business/artform. I wanted to create one of a kind pieces to honor, adorn, admire, and educate. To spark or inspire the same curiosity I felt as a child. I strive in providing high quality designs that will last years.

All specimens are ethically and legally sourced from entomologists (some specimens are over a decade old) that sell from their personal collections, sustainable insect farms that play a role in conservation and ecological awareness or found deceased. Biology specimens (meant as teaching aids), Natural History Shops, owl pellets, local fish markets, taxidermists that acquire from pest-control waste, by-product, found, roadkill or natural death. All the flora is real, dried and free of moisture. Many are taken from my own plants, local shops, and others are from various dried-flower suppliers.

All the animals I use are ethically and sustainably sourced. They are all repurposed specimens. No flora or fauna in the CITES Appendices. I do not kill any of the animals I use in my work. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

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  • Michelle

    Owner, Designer

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Last updated on December 12, 2019
Artist and collector from Los Angeles. Best known for one of a kind wax-preserved specimen vials. Inspired by natural history, vanitas, relics, art nouveau, surrealism, science, and preservation.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
*Returns/Refunds* I do accept returns within 14 days of purchase. Please contact me on the specifics of the problem first.
I accept paypal as a method of payment.
I ship via USPS First Class, Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. I also offer the option of upgrading to Priority shipping. If you need express delivery added please contact me so I can arrange it for you.
Additional policies and FAQs
* How to care for your wax vile:*

**Keep away from extreme heat, nothing above 130 degrees.

* It is not recommended that you leave it in a hot car for more than a few hours.

Please keep in mind that these are fragile, so do not slam or drop your glass vial against any hard surfaces. ^_^

Please note that all art/designs are protected under the U.S copyright and are not allowed to be used or reproduced.