What is diaphonization?
Diaphonization was first described in 1897 as a scientific imaging technique to make the muscles and soft tissue of animals diaphanous (transluscent) and to colour the bones and connective tissue so they were easily studied without disturbing the form. With the use of modern imaging equipment, this technique has largely been abandoned.
Diaphonization is a delicate, multi-step process involving digestive enzymes, biological stains, acids, and lye. It takes 1-6+ months depending on specimen size. Colours can vary widely due to many factors, but our specimens are all double-stained and are dominated by red and blue.
Finished specimens are kept in non-toxic glycerin and should remain bright for decades (if not indefinitely) with proper care. It's best practice to avoid heat and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
Where do you get your animals?
We use sustainable sources, including - donated pets, animals found dead in the wild, vintage wet specimens, culls from population control projects, byproducts from the pet/food industry, breeders, zoos, and wildlife centres. No animals are harmed or killed for the purpose of diaphonization.
How long do your specimens last?
Biological stains bind to calcium and collagen, making the process of diaphonization permanent. However, they can be damaged by heat and prolonged exposure to sunlight - so it's recommended to avoid these to maximize the quality and lifespan of your specimen.
How do I care for my new diaphonized friend?
See above! Avoid heat and prolonged exposure to sunlight. LED lighting should be fine for display purposes. If your specimen becomes damaged, please contact us and we may be able to help!
Are the specimens or storage media harmful?
Specimens are stored in non-toxic glycerin and finished products do not contain formaldehyde. However, gloves are still recommended if the jars break or you are moving them to a new container. If glycerin becomes cloudy or discoloured, it can be purchased at many stores or online and replaced. Glycerin does not evaporate and jars will not need to be topped off, nor is it as flammable as alcohol. Do not ingest.
Do you have a waitlist I can get on while waiting for a specific animal?
Not at this point. You can sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page in order to get a heads up for batch releases, shows, and other announcements!
Do you take deposits or payment plans?
Not at this point. The only time we arrange for deposits or payment plans is for pet commissions.
Do you do commissions or pet memorials?
Yes, we do pet memorials and commissions. Please use the Contact Us page for more information! We can walk you through the process of mailing your pet to us safely, and quoted price includes return shipping and jar. A small non-refundable deposit can be taken before work starts if you are not able to pay in full, and your finished pet will be returned when payments are completed.
The base price for diaphonization is $100 for basic time and materials, but increases from there due to specimen size. We will handle your pet with respect and care, keep you updated, and answer any questions you have about the process!
Where else do you sell your specimens?
While we do have plans to sell in retail eventually, we are currently only selling online and at several Oddities Expos. We have a store on Etsy, but prefer to sell here on the main website.
What shows will you be attending in 2022?
Please see the Show page! We will be attending several shows in 2022!
Do you accept returns or exchanges?
We do not accept returns or exchanges, but if you have a problem with your order please contact us!