Product Care

ON THIS PAGE:

1. CARING FOR YOUR SHEEPSKINS
2. ABOUT OUR BUTTERFLY AND INSECT SPECIMENS
3. BRASS SEA CRABS
4. ABOUT OUR CORALS
5. CRYSTAL CLEANSING

 

1. CARING FOR YOUR SHEEPSKINS

Small stains may be spot cleaned with a damp cloth. You may also wash with mild liquid hand soap or enzyme-free washing liquids. It is recommended to dry naturally in the shade. A brisk shake and brushing with a pet brush or similar will restore the original lustre of the rug. Avoid direct sunlight as UV rays may cause the dyed colour to fade and/or discolour

2. ABOUT OUR BUTTERFLY AND INSECT SPECIMENS

Insects are a natural product and as such small imperfections may occur. All the insects are permanently/professionally mounted to the backboard and cannot be removed without causing damage to the specimen.

These are not endangered, rare or otherwise protected wildlife. No specimen is listed on CITES and no specimen requires permits. We do not stock birdwing butterflies. We source some of our supplies of common, abundant insect species from Government regulated ranching cooperatives in many countries. Your purchase actually aids environmental conservation rather than detracting from it by encouraging the indigenous caretakers to maintain host plant areas. Furthermore, our black frames are not made from real wood. Ethical concerns over deforestation in many third world countries has led us to pioneer the use of timber substitute framing. All frames have glass fronts with a hook ready to hang. The use of recycled cardboard in our carry boxes also makes our product the complete eco friendly gift.

These butterflies, other insects and arachnids are REAL! We do not alter, enhance or otherwise modify their natural colour. Website images are as close as possible to true likeness. Some sizings of insect in frame maybe approximate.

Care of your Framed Insects

All frames are fumigated and are professionally prepared. As this is a natural product book lice may occur in your frame. Book lice are present in most environments, do not carry disease and are best dealt with by following the instructions below.

These tiny insects can be detected by black dust underneath the bug. If this occurs immediately place frame inside a plastic bag and put into the freezer for a minimum of 72 hours. If you have a collection constant monitoring is highly recommended to avoid these tiny insects attacking your specimen. Keep framed specimens out of direct sunlight and keep in low humid areas. This will prevent mould and help prevent book lice.

Correct care for your framed insect specimen will ensure many years of enjoyment. 

3. CARING FOR YOUR BRASS SEA CRABS

Our items are made to last but there are a few simple tricks to keeping them in good knick and shining brightly in your space over the years.

By nature, brass will dull over time and build up a patina. If you like your brass nice and bright like we do, follow the below...

TO CLEAN: Using a soft cotton cloth you can apply a brass polish like 'Brasso' applied as a liquid or our preference 'Autosol' applied as a cream, rubbing onto all parts of the brass and then polishing off with a clean part of the cloth. Both of these brass cleaners are available at Bunnings or similar hardware stores.

EXPOSURE: Although we recommend featuring our pieces inside they can be placed in alfresco and even outdoors areas, but please bare in mind that the brass will tarnish and build up a dull gold/green patina in places which can still be polished back as brass is very resilient to rust.

4. ABOUT OUR CORALS

All of our corals are imported and as such are subject to stringent compliance to the international environmental convention, CITES. Australia has world best practice in this area. The collection of our coral is from overseas areas and zones have NOT been subject to coral bleaching. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information about our stringent coral collection processes.

5. CRYSTAL CLEANSING

When you first receive a new crystal or even after you have been using them for some time, they will have absorbed a range of different energies that they will have been exposed to by yourself and others who may have handled them. Therefore, it's important to 'cleanse' your crystals as soon as you obtain them, and on a regular basis.

This cleansing process is intended to cleanse the stone of its stored energies, both good and bad, which can be released again by the stone at any time and once it becomes loaded with energy.  

A simple full moon cleansing process you can follow any time you receive a ‘new’ crystal or need to reset and recharge them:

  • Rinse the crystal under running water – a tap will be fine, but a stream or ocean be even better
  • Set the crystals outside on the earth or a natural surface (e.g. timber table) else a window sill where they will receive direct moonlight. As you set each one down name something you want to let go of. You can name the same thing over and over or pick a different one with each crystal
  • Take them in the next morning allowing a little reboot with the sun’s energy, but not for too long  just through sun rise is enough
  • Now the fun part, charge your new cleansed crystals with intentions. Bring them all back inside to charge them with your intentions. Charging crystals with your energy helps them stay focused. You can charge all your crystals at once by imagining them soaked in healing energy or individually e.g. charge your rose quartz with intentions around self-love or relationship, your quartz with goals etc          

However, there are few different methods you can use when it’s not full moon if you feel you need to cleanse or charge your crystals. I tend to avoid sunlight and salt methods which can be harsh on some types of crystals. A great cleansing method I do is using sage smudging sticks. The smoke from burning sage is an excellent cleanser not only for your crystals but also for the surrounding environment. To cleanse your crystals this way you can either hold the burning sage near the crystals so that the smoke fills the air around them using a feather or simply your hands to diffuse the cleansing smoke. A little info about smudging processes here– I love doing these.  Personally, I find it such an indulgent and peaceful experience.

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