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August 6, 2010


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Where can I get some ever-moving toy beetles? Also, do you think it would be acceptable to do this in a dark, iridescent beetle green?

I have no idea on the beetles -- can't imagine how they did it and would love to find out. Maybe they're set on short bits of wire so they sway back and forth? That might give the illusion of motion.

I think doing it in iridescent green would be fine. Changeable taffeta is period, in fact, and would be perfect. These descriptions are suggestions to get people started, not any sort of official fashion policy. Doing it in pink would probably not be very Victorian, since it wouldn't suggest "beetle" to viewers, but anything reasonably beetle-related would have the proper effect.

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