Side Stretch Real Butterfly Wing Framed Art
Framed Butterfly Art

Side Stretch Real Butterfly Wing Framed Art


Shipping to United States: Free
  • Details
    Framed print of original drawing done in ink by Holly Ulm has real butterfly wings mounted onto the image. Can be hung on a wall, or sit on a shelf. All images are archive quality inks, and paper. Paper has a shimmer to it making image appear more black or grey from different angles, lending itself well to the iridescence of the butterfly wing(s).

    You will not receive the exact wings shown. All wings will be best sellers, and suit the art. Please include a note for color, size, or other requests.

    All frames are handmade from pine, and painted black (raw wood, or other finishes may be requested) by a disabled Minnesota veteran. All frames are approximately 1.75" deep. Choose your size: 4x4, 5x7, 8x8, or 8x10.

    In the 8x10 frame size there is the option to order "special" wings. These include: blue morpho wings; snake head moths; and other colorful rare large specimens.

    ..:::Custom Work
    We often do custom work for our framed art. Photographs, drawings, or silhouettes can be used. Art services available. Custom sizes may be accomidated with additional lead time, and additional fee. Simply request custom work from this listing.

    ..:::Where Do You Get the Butterflies?
    No, we don’t use tiny harpoons to shoot down helpless butterflies. Our butterflies are purchased from conservation farms around the world, which funds efforts in butterfly repopulation and land conservation efforts. This not only helps the butterfly populations, it also allows us to use gorgeous exotic species! We do use the occasional found butterfly brought to us by gardeners, and travelers, too.

    .:::Talismans of Change
    Without change, there would be no butterflies. Butterflies are powerful symbols for change. We hope you'll find your butterfly is a talisman of courage for all of life’s changes, and grace for all of life’s choices.

    .::: About Us
    2 sets of hands spend equal time on each wing made at Isms. The artists are Holly A. Ulm, and Greg A. Sisco. Isms is dedicated to preserving nature through sustainable art; preserving butterfly populations; preserving butterfly habitats; and preserving real life relationships of integrity. We are an artisan family, and our studio is attached to our home in Nisswa, MN. All of our butterfly preserves are truly homemade!

    .:::Is there a Need to Help Butterfly Populations?
    Invertebrates on our planet have declined approximately 40% in the last 40 years. Monarch butterflies have plummeted in numbers so drastically that they are currently being petitioned for protected status under the endangered species act. There are 9 endangered species of butterfly in North America currently. Butterflies are long distance pollinators. We need ants to pollinate locally, honey bees to pollinate in about a 5 mile radius, AND we need butterflies to carry genetic diversity (up to 50 miles in a day) with their pollination. I'd like to see us work to keep butterflies on our planet. They're beautiful; they don't have stingers (or, suck blood); and they help plants grow for air, food, livestock, and more... I don't know about you, but I'd like to keep eating. The old fashioned way.

    10% of every purchase is donated to the start-up of Falter Farm, a conservation effort of indigenous butterfly species in central Minnesota. Thank-you for your support.
  • Shipping & Policies

    Shipping from United States

    Expect fast turn around times through the USPS. Special shipping services available upon request.

    Returns & Exchanges

    I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

    Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

    Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

    Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase

    But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

    Questions about your order?

    Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

    Returns and exchange details

    If you have a problem, we'll figure out a solution. We're pretty nice about things. We're from Minnesota. It's in our contract.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where are the wings sourced from?

    All specimens used have completed their life cycle and died of natural causes. Most specimens are purchased from conservation groups, educators, and pollinator organizations around the world, which funds efforts in butterfly repopulation and land conservation efforts. This not only helps the butterfly populations; it also allows us to use gorgeous exotic species! Donated and found specimens are also used in creating Isms art.

    How do you preserve the wings?

    All wing preservation is done by Holly Ulm. One of approximately 20 starting processes is used, depending on the reactions of the scales covering the wing. Regardless of process, each wing undergoes 12-25 steps from start to finish, and are treated as the individuals they are throughout. All wings undergo scale setting; color preservation (unaltered); initial hardening; at least 4 coats of jeweler's grade bio-epoxy; sanding/sculpting; and finishing. This takes approximately 2 weeks, and renders the wing waterproof, prismatic (in full sun or under a full-spectrum light bulb), non-toxic, and lightweight. The wings are hardened, yet the edges are hand tapered to a perfect finish with similar durability and care as eyeglass lenses, opal, or amb

    Can I donate a specimen?

    Yes! Donated found insects are graciously accepted, and honored into art. If you're interested in donating specimens, or having your own specimens preserved into art, please send to: Isms P.O. Box 194 Nisswa, MN 56468

    Do you sell wholesale and/or consignment?

    Yes! For more information about selling Isms work in your fine establishment, please email:

    Do you gift wrap?

    Gift jars for jewelry are available through this link:

    Gift wrap for larger items coming soon!

    Do you offer custom necklace lengths?

    Although most items for sale are made in the most commonly requested lengths of 16-18", we welcome all body sizes the opportunity to wear our wings in a size that makes you feel gorgeous. Shorter and longer chain lengths may see price variances due to the amount of material used.

    What about metal allergies/sensitivities?

    All body chemistry is different. Isms strives to procure only the finest grade of metals, and all is lead-free. Surgical steel, sterling silver, sterling plated brass, brass, bronze, copper, and 14/20 yellow and rose gold are kept in stock. Solid golds, titanium, niobium, and other metals can be used on request, though it will take a tad longer. We can also custom-make jewelry that is metal-free for those with more severe allergies. Leather, silk, cotton, wool, hemp, sinew, and stone make nice alternatives.

    How can I help pollinators?

    -Learn about chemicals that are harmful to insects and pollinators.
    -Plant indigenous host plants, and re-wild wherever possible.
    -Many people enjoy fostering butterflies, moths, and other insects for release. If you choose to foster for release, please do your research!
    -Get involved locally by helping to manage greenways.
    -Get involved with Wild Ones, Monarch Watch, Xerxes Society, NAMBA, or other wildlife supporting groups.
    -Participate in a butterfly count or another similar volunteer effort.

    Thank you for your support of our efforts! Enough small ripples can make big waves of change! 10% of all profits are additionally donated to butterfly conservation