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This was created for the recycling and reusing contest at #projecteducate.

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My grandfather and dad are both collectors of stamps, and they passed the bulk of their collections down to me when I was pretty young, not even double digits yet. I've always loved the beautiful designs of stamps, the stories they tell and the history imbued in them...

Whilst cleaning up my room last month (for the first time in over a DECADE) I looked through some of my stamps-in-waiting (stamps that are still stuck on the original envelopes) and found a treasure trove from the Christmases of '98 and '99. Lots of them have a little metallic gilt to them, especially the ones that feature angels, and I thought they'd work beautifully as butterfly wings.

Each of these teeny things is inspired by Michael Lafosse's butterflies, though only two here are completely designed by him, and each one is unique. :love:

Thank you for looking!

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+ 12 used stamps dating back to Christmas 1998 and 1999; including Christmas Angels and Millennium Series: The Christian's Tale
+ Latest edition of the local newspaper
+ Alexander Swallowtail and Origamido Butterfly by Michael Lafosse, diagrammed in "Origami Butterflies"
+ Commissions
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SimplyMint Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations, you've been featured hereAww
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veryverystrawberry Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Loved it! :D
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Aww glad you did! :)
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anaclf Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
How cute!!
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you :love:
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charliespiral Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
like
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:w00t:
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AVPMismylife Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I have that book, I cant fold ANY of them!
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Aww! Which ones have you tried?? :hug:
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fractalbeauty25 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazing folding and photography like always!! your brilliance is shown in how you made every butterfly unique :love: just curious, how large is each butterfly? if you folded these from stamps, they must be really really tiny :O_o:
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:blushes: Thank you so much! They're each about 1.5cm wide, or smaller. :giggle:
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fractalbeauty25 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:wow:
no way. NO WAY. :lol: just kidding, but really. your tiny-gami is ridiculously amazing. keep up the beautiful work!
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:blushes: haha, will try to!
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Sloublues Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
So pretty!
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :love:
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raindroponacloud Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
papillons! :3 they're lovely ^^
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Papillons, ouais! :love:
Thank you <3
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:iconsalsauqi:
Salsauqi Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Love it:happybounce: 
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Aww glad you do! <333
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Chookums Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're choices in stamps really do pay homage to the wonderful colours and patterns in butterfly wings, and I love how each one has it's own subtle differences :)
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Aww I'm glad you like them- I was going to stop after making three, but couldn't resist all the pretty stamp paper...:faint:
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Chookums Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, and good to know you persisted! :D
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Fairyfoogoo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful :D
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you :blush:
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:iconpozolegirl:
pozolegirl Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very pretty!
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you :heart:
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:iconpozolegirl:
pozolegirl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome!
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ChristmasTheKID Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
they're all so cute!~
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:giggle: Glad you like them!
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ChristmasTheKID Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love them :33
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MoonlightMoth Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is an adorable idea.
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you :heart:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sparkling and ingenious; outstanding!
:+fav:
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:glomp: Thank you thank you, Sam. I miss you!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
:cuddle: Aw sweetie, you know I'm always here!
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:iconsynconi:
synconi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I do, I'm just all flitty (like a butterfly) for this season of life...

Oh oh oh, I'm learning to drive!!! Like a boss. 8-)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Like a butterfly! If you promise to drive on the right side of the road, I'll show you the way to some outstanding restaurants in downtown Denver! :frail:
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   Artisan Crafter
The "right" side of the road in one sense only! =P
Found any new stellar restaurants lately? I hate how there are a bazillion of chain restaurants in my town now, and so so few independent eaterie gems...:(
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yep, gotta be family owned, if they wanna dance with me! :laughing:
No, seriously. :iconseriousnod:
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Brookette Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Reallyreallly cool!
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:blushes: Thanks so much!
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avguztina Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
<font><font> Они очаровательны.</font></font>Hug 
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:glomp::glomp::glomp:
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avguztina Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Hug 
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FluffyUnicorn96 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The fact that all these butterflies are shaped differently shows how brilliant you are. :) Great job.
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013   Artisan Crafter
:blushes: Just shows I have lots of spare time, I think...thank you thank you <333
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supperfrogg Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student General Artist
beautiful butterfly QwQ everything looks unique in their own shape :giggle:
the light blue one, top 2nd from right really catch my attention :heart:


Good luck for the contest ! :la:
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synconi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I WAS going to make 12 of all the same species of butterfly...but then thought that would be boring. I'm especially fond of that blue one and the bottom left one with colours like the sunset :dummy:

Thank you! :kiss:
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supperfrogg Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student General Artist
did you made them all with 12 different tutorials? or you just like explore beyond your imagination? those are amazing QAQ and great idea using 'used' papers to made those, would want to put cute butterfiles like that in my room  :giggle:
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synconi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I followed two tutorials for two of the butterflies, then adapted them to make ten more! I'm thinking of making some bigger ones so they're proper-sized butterflies, too :love:
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