Blue Bureau Biology

Dull, little caterpillar transforms into classy, vibrant butterfly.

The larva.


Seems this one just never made it into the chrysalis. And spent way too much time moving around from place to place hoping for some kind of metamorphosis.

Well, hope no more, you old worm. Beauty is right around the corner.


The blue morpho.


The wings, of course, are theoretical. But still, certainly dramatic. And it's got that look-at-me-now attitude about it. I'm a butterfly. A real, blue-bureau butterfly!


 And have a look at the zebrawood drawer pulls. Very zebrawoody, of course.





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Inside (outside) the chrysalis (at the workshop). First things first. There was a broken drawer to contend with. A small problem but important to fix.

So, we removed the side wall that was chipped, cracked and broken and made a new one. Then routed out a long recess for the drawer's bottom to slide into.






Here's some pictures of the... pupation.




The legs were recycled from an old side table that withered years ago. A bottom was added so that the legs would have somewhere to attach themselves to and we swapped out the existing hardboard back with a wood back that would look better as well as offer greater stability.


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Tip time. Here's an easy way to paint the legs. Attach the leg plates to a long board and face them upwards (and you really just need to use 2 of the 4 screws). Then, screw the hanger bolts in the legs into the plates.

You'll have all your legs standing in front of you ready for painting. And they can stay put to dry.


Easy-Peezy



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The perfect color. We had decided on the zebrawood for the drawer pulls, so, we wanted to choose a paint color to complement those well and make the zebrawood a strong focal point.

We did have some ready-to-use colors that would have worked reasonably well. But, they just weren't quite the right tones. There was a nice blue. A light blue. An aquamarine. And we decided on something sort of in between-ish.

So, our resident paint-mixer went about her magic science and created a color that both blows your mind and soothes your soul. ...I know. ...Magic, right?


 AHH!...ahhhhh




And here's one last look at this little miracle of nature before it takes flight for the first time. Off you go, you beautiful bug. Be free!






But watch out for birds. Cause you look delicious.

Want us to hurry along the metamorphosis of your wayward caterpillar? Send us a note.
Matt and Lisa