The golden snitch was done for a Harry Potter themed night, at the St. Louis Science Center. To resemble the snitch from the movies, I did some research and found out that they were originally live creatures that were hunted to extinction, for the Quid-ditch game. So, the wizards created a magical version of the creature, so they could continue their games.
My version, looks so real in person, that at that event, filled with die-hard Harry Potter fans, I had many people ask me if it was a real prop from the movie. My version took over 60 hours to do and it is the only one I have done. I purchased a 3d printed base, made of plastic, from an artist on Etsy. I then hand painted it in metallic gold paint. I went over the ridges using a darker colored gold paint. The wings were made using giant Cicada wings, which I had ordered previously online. The wings have several coats of resin over them and then were attached to the sides of the snitch body. This has a pin through the back of the base and through the back of the board, just like how insects are mounted. This is in a frame that can be hung or be set to stand up on a shelf or desk.