studiopollex

Fine Art and Biological Specimens

Arcata, California · 67 Sales

studiopollex

Fine Art and Biological Specimens

Arcata, California 67 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Sadie

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Announcement   We genuinely appreciate the support and great feedback from the etsy community that has allowed our business to flourish. We are currently expanding our catalog with new varieties of tissue stains and animals, so keep checking for new biology inspired art and one-of-a-kind specimens. Check out our website at studiopollex.com or studiopollex.tumblr.com for more information, and please feel free to contact us personally if you have a question or request!

Announcement

We genuinely appreciate the support and great feedback from the etsy community that has allowed our business to flourish. We are currently expanding our catalog with new varieties of tissue stains and animals, so keep checking for new biology inspired art and one-of-a-kind specimens. Check out our website at studiopollex.com or studiopollex.tumblr.com for more information, and please feel free to contact us personally if you have a question or request!

Sadie

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Robin

Robin on Jun 19, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Love, love, love this specimen!!!! Will definitely be back for more. Thanks!!

nishaxotattoo

nishaxotattoo on May 29, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

The diaphonized mouse I bought was a present for my boyfriend and it's amazing! He loved it! Perfectly in tact specimen and it shipped very quickly. Would buy from this seller again.

Lauren Beasley

Lauren Beasley on Sep 15, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Great Seller! Awesome Shippment and Amazing Products- Highly Recommended and super sweet to work with!

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About

Science, Mad & Otherwise

Studio Pollex is the one-man band equivalent of a mad laboratory. Born on a dark night in a chilly garage, it has grown to a business serving customers from all over the United States and beyond. From producing traditional taxidermy to developing new scientific techniques that have never before been used, we combine an ethos of "waste not want not" and "why not?" to bring you the greatest variety of specimens possible.
We here at the Studio believe that the trend of "backyard biology" is a practice to embrace. Similar specimens are mass produced, but we give individual attention to each piece in order to produce something truly one-of-a-kind. And unlike other biological supply companies, we don't believe you need a credential or a University address to purchase them.

Whether you are an educator looking for teaching tools that will engage your students (with prices that compete with major suppliers), or a curious person with an appreciation for living things, we are here to serve you!

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Last updated on May 18, 2014
Studio Pollex is the brainchild of an artist/biologist in Arcata, California. As scientists, we hope to share our appreciation for life with other curious people. As artists, we hope to show that biology is inherently beautiful.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Orders may be cancelled only prior to shipment of the item.
Shipping
We are willing to ship whatever service the customer prefers, however we will usually ship USPS Priority. If you have specific needs or a preexisting relationship with a particular shipping service, please let us know and we'll try to accommodate you. We are also happy to offer insurance, tracking numbers, whatever - just contact us and we'll work out a solution!

We are no longer shipping to international customers - sorry! Due to the fragility of the specimens it is not possible to guarantee they will make it overseas safely.
Refunds and Exchanges
Due to the delicate nature of our products, we do not offer refunds on biological specimens or taxidermy. Improper handling and or packaging may damage the items on the return shipment, which constitutes a loss for us and a serious mess for the postal service. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with a product you have purchased from Studio Pollex, please contact us personally with your concerns and we will work with you to find a solution.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom taxidermy and diaphonized specimens are available upon request. If you can think of it, we'll try to find a way to make it happen!

FAQ:

Do you offer wholesale prices?

We can offer limited wholesale prices on diaphonized specimens to physical retail locations only, typically 20% off for orders of 10 or more. Due to the time required for a complete diaphonization (which can range anywhere from a month to several months depending on the size of the specimen), it may take some time for these requests to be filled depending on the current availability of specimens.

Can I buy bulk specimens in a single jar?

The short answer is no. Everyone that handles our specimens have been trained extensively to use aseptic techniques to ensure that specimens are not damaged due to microbial contamination. Typically available materials such as isopropyl alcohol are not suitable for this purpose, due to the risk of stain discoloration. To ensure that we only provide the highest quality specimens, we cannot provide specimens that have not been preserved and sealed. Additionally, with the exception of special antique glassware, the majority of the cost is derived from the labor required to prepare the specimen and thus we cannot offer discounts for specimens in a single jar.

What kinds of diaphonized specimens do you offer?

We have three different major stain types that we can produce consistent results with. Skeletal stains are available in a range of red shades, from pale carmine to deep red-violets. Cartilage stains are available in turquoise blue, and a combination nerve/artery stain is available in deep black.
We are always working with new suppliers and methods to produce novel stains that are not available anywhere else. Currently, we are perfecting a method for blue skeletal stains and looking into the possibility of latex-injected circulatory system specimens.

What animals do you work with?

For taxidermy, we focus primarily on laboratory mice and rats due to the lack of restriction in their sale in the US.
We can reliably obtain mice, frogs, snakes, and rats for diaphonization. Our rat specimens can take a very long time to prepare, as they are much larger than those available elsewhere.
All of our animals are sourced from ethical suppliers that perform humane euthanasia and adhere to American guidelines on the humane treatment of animals. None of our animals have been euthanized specifically for the purpose of taxidermy or diaphanization.