Custom Specimen Commissions Listing (U.S. Only!)


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~ Intro ~

Hello, and thank you for considering commissioning me so that we can create a beautiful specimen display for you! I've been studying entomology for several years now, and have been selling specimens online! I've worked with specimens ranging from small mammals, large moths, beetles, and more! I'm hoping this will be a unique opportunity for me to grow by opening up the options for what types of specimens I source and will hopefully provide more range for you if you had any particular specimens in mind that I normally don't list! This is also a great opportunity for you if there's been a specimen I've released that's sold out that you've been really keen on. I'm here to work with you on whatever you'd like to make! If there is something you request that I'm not comfortable working with (simply from lack of experience), I'll be fully transparent but thus far I've been managing well with whatever has been presented to me! At this time I will only be taking commissions in the U.S. as I am still working out the logistics of international shipping and safety since the displays can be fragile.

~ Commission Process ~

The commission process will begin with the purchase of this listing. This guarantees your "spot" on my commission list! I'll only be doing 3 commissions at a time so that my attention can be really focused towards your individual needs and requests. The fee from this listing will go towards your overall cost that will be billed to you upon completion. (This will be covered in more detail in the fees and payment section below!) Once purchased, I'll need some information from you! I'll be reaching out to you ASAP after purchase. I'll need to know what type of specimen(s) you may be interested in, the color of the frame(s), and any additional notes or specifications. I'll also need your email so that I can continue contact with you throughout the process! (My email is slybonsai [!at] if you have any additional questions or concerns). After purchase, I will contact you within 24 hours so that we are clear on any and all details!
Once we are clear on the specimen(s) you'd like, frame, and so on, we can begin the sourcing process! I source from sanctuaries and farms globally, so this part of the process can take anywhere from 1 - 6 weeks. I will do my best to source whatever it is you request, but please keep in mind some species are much rarer than others or are only found during certain times of the year so there's a chance it may simply not be possible. If this is the case and there is nothing else you'd like, you will be fully refunded.
When the specimen arrives, it should take about a week to mount (depending on the size/type of specimen). Mounting involves the process of carefully re-hydrating the specimen, posing it, air-drying, and framing. I will send you pictures upon completion of the project and once you are happy I will go ahead and ship it out to you!

~ Contact and Updates ~

Communication will take place primarily through email. My email is slybonsai [!at] I will communicate updates with you as I receive them. I may be the most "quiet" during the sourcing process as there isn't much to update during the shipment to me. You are also free to contact me with any questions, concerns, anything at all whenever you'd like. I will do my best to reply within 24 hours.

~ Fees and Payment ~

The fee from this listing is to "reserve" your spot on my commission list. The $10 fee will go towards the total cost of your specimen. After purchase of this listing, we will sort out the details of the commission until an agreement is met. If it is not possible to complete your requested project, you will be refunded your reservation fee.
Before sourcing, I will provide a quote for the costs of the sourcing, frame, and custom mounting. The price can vary depending on the specimen(s) requested. If the quote is acceptable and you agree, I will go ahead and begin working on the project. There will also be an additional $15 shipping fee. The shipping fee may go up in cost depending on the quantity of specimens. The shipping fee covers shipping supplies, shipping costs, and insurance. I will only ship domestic for the time being.
You will be billed for the total specimen display + shipping - $10 reservation fee upon completion of the project. Payment will be due within one week of requested payment. If payment is not met then I will refund your commission reservation and make the commission available publicly.

~ Guarantee ~

All specimens come with a guarantee of safety during shipping and full shipping insurance. Domestic shipping starts at $15 and will increase depending on the quantity of specimens. I do my best to mark all packages as fragile and package them extra secure. If the specimen arrives damaged/broken I can work towards recreating a replacement for you or offer a full refund. All I ask is pictures be provided of the damages. I will send you a photo of the completed project for your approval before shipment. If the specimen is damaged while I am working on it, a full refund or replacement is covered too. I'll do everything I can to make sure you are satisfied with your commission from me!

*~ After Purchase of Commission Listing ~*

After purchasing this listing I'll be reaching out to you to inquire about the following:
1.) What type of specimen(s) were you seeking?
2.) What color frame would you like?
3.) Any additional notes/ specifications?
4.) An email address for communication purposes throughout the commission process.

Thank you ♥

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I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

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Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

If you ever need anything special, like a gift wrap, a card, or note please let me know and I'll be happy to work with you!

Also, every now and then I'll open commissions for particular arts or crafts. These are 100% personal and customized, so be sure to fully read the listing before purchase and message me to get the most out of this opportunity!

Sizing details

All sizes and details are written in the description of each individual item. Please refer to the listing when regarding the dimensions of a product.

Wholesale availability

I am featured in a handful of local and online shops, and do participate in wholesale! If you are interested to do so please email me at


Preorders are an excellent way to help me fund designs! By doing so, you also get a discount and a guaranteed standard grade pin! Often times I'll include extra goodies like stickers and such with preorders as a personal thank you. Please allow 4-6 weeks for production, I will also be posting any production updates on my Instagram (@slybonsai)

If a preorder item is purchased along with a currently in-stock item, the order will be shipped out with the preorder item to allow for cost effective shipping. If you'd like to have them shipped separate, please email or message me so we can work something out!

Quality Control

I thoroughly inspect all products to make sure they are up to the highest quality. If there are any issues or concerns with your order, please feel free to reach out to me and we can work something out.

For my enamel pins, they are quality checked as detailed in my blog:

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