Piano Key (Heliconius melpomene)

H.4cm W.18cm L. 12cm

Laura’s love of all flora and fauna naturally progresses with her new glass butterfly collection for 2015. The meticulous detailing in the Lepidoptera series is driven by the desire to represent endangered and rare butterflies as vibrant living creatures; beautiful, precious and delicate. Laura creates only one of each species or sub-species, their uniqueness and fragility accentuating the real threat of extinction these glorious creatures face due to human activity.

More commonly known as the Postman Butterfly, this brightly coloured specimen signals to potential predators that it will be an unpleasant meal, despite its sweet taste for the passion flower vine. A native of tropical America and Southern Brazil. Not under threat – as yet – but vulnerable to habitat loss and climate change.

Wingspan is 6 – 8cm so the glass butterfly is scaled up to around 2.5 – 3 times life size.

Each specimen is painstakingly recreated to emulate its natural counterpart. The wings are created by fusing glass in several stages and the bodies are cast in glass using the lost wax process and pate de verre techniques. The legs, antennae and proboscis are created in sterling silver to create anatomical detail. Prices from £2,250 including display case. Glass butterflies are available to commission as individual works or collections. Please note; once a species or sub-species has been created there will be NO REPEATS available.

Each unique glass butterfly or moth is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.