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("Maria" "rabbit" "greek nymph, niaid")
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Wingspan: 4 inches
Composition: 12 karat gold filled wire, purple niobium
wire, #12 surgical steel scalpel blades, bronze treble fishhook
Collection site: Sardis, Lydia
Comments: I created the pseudo-iridescence on the
wings using a mini-torch. The point of the flame forces the
metal first to a brownish-pink, and then to blue. Careful
striping resulted in this pattern. This specimen was requested
for someone named Maria, so I incorporated her first name
and her nickname in the Latin.