Insect Preservation Class for Beginners

Learn how to preserve, pin and display insects in Sydney

Rest In Pieces

Rest In Pieces


11 hours Class size 1 to 20     label $650 - $900 ($650 for Workshop, $900 for Workshop and kit)

Always been fascinated by those beautifully-preserved beetles and butterflies in museum displays, or seen gorgeous specimens used as decorations and artwork in social media posts? Why not try it for yourself at Rest In Pieces' Insect Preservation Workshop in Sydney.

In this one-day workshop, you will learn all you need to know about basic insect anatomy from the expert Rest In Pieces team to be able to start on your insect preservation journey.

You will be guided step by step through processes of rehydration, specimen repair, pinning techniques and much more! You will also learn how to display your specimens too, a fantastic ornamental piece on your mantle or hanging on your walls at home.

At the end of this unique workshop, you will have created four pinned practice specimens: two butterflies and two beetles, as well as a feature insect that you will learn how to display in a shadow box.

Please indicate your choice of feature specimen via the booking question at checkout:

  • Ulysses butterfly
  • Death's-head hawkmoth
  • Beetle

Rest In Pieces would like you to know that all of the animals used in their workshops are ethically sourced. Please contact them for more information on specimen sourcing.

Please note:
  • Make sure you notify us of any dietary requirements when you register.
  • Unfortunately, our studio is not fully accessible for wheelchair users. If you have accessibility requirements please contact us before you register for any of our workshops to make sure we can make the necessary adjustments to give you a great experience.

Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:

Knowledge required
No prior knowledge or experience required! This class is beginner-friendly and great for anyone with a curious mind and above for science and insects.
What you'll get
  • Four pinned practice specimens and one feature specimen (either a Ulysses butterfly, Death's-head hawkmoth or beetle)
  • A glass-fronted shadow box to display your feature specimen
  • All the materials and tools needed for your insect preservation experience
  • Lunch and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Want to take your skills and practice at home?
Upgrade your ticket to include a Take Home Kit.

The take-home Kit includes
  • Your choice of feature specimen to work on - Ulysses butterfly, Death's-head hawkmoth or beetle (please indicate your preference in the booking question)
  • Five additional practice butterflies and one additional practice beetle
  • A complete set of the tools and materials used in the workshop
  • An additional shadow box for your take-home kit feature specimen
  • A set of instructions so you can follow the same process used in the workshop

We also have other merchandise available on the day!

Please note
If you are flying in for the workshop and want to take home a kit, you will need to have checked luggage as sharp items will not be accepted in hand luggage.
What to bring
  • Camera or smartphone
  • A cushion to sit on
  • Wear layers to suit a warehouse environment

Work-shop HQ, 16 Cope St, Redfern NSW

Your teacher
Rest In Pieces
Rest In Pieces


We are Rest In Pieces. An educational and inspirational institute specialising in the time-honoured skill of preserving and presenting fascinating natural specimens.

We are proud to share our knowledge of the dying arts through our many talks, demonstrations and workshops where you can experience something truly memorable.

Whether it's a skill you've always wanted to learn, further education in your career or you are a discerning collector of curios. Discover what we can offer through our exclusive workshops and our eclectic shop.

All of the animals used in our workshops are ethically sourced. Please contact us for more information on specimen sourcing.

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