This REAL Danaus chrysippus butterfly wing has been hand-preserved into your choice of bead, pendant or necklace style. Wing colors and sizes vary as shown.
Specimens are ethically sourced, helping to fund efforts in butterfly repopulation and land conservation. See our FAQ page to learn more about our process, where we get our wings, why we care about pollinator conservation, and how you can help!
JUST THE WING: for those looking to create their own design from the preserved wing. A standard 1/16" hole is included for your creations. Custom size and placement of holes is available upon request.
PENDANT WITH RING: the wing is preserved, and hung from a metal loop. Ready to be added to your own chain. Your choice of ring metal.
PENDANT WITH BAIL: A sterling silver bail is added to the wing for a polished finish. Custom metals and styles available upon request.
SLIPKNOT CORD: Waxed cotton cord with double slipknots.
DROP NECKLACE: A real wing hanging from a ring on a cable chain. Spring clasp. Metal and length of your choice.
INLINE NECKLACE: A real wing hung between metal chain for an inline necklace design. Spring clasp. Metal and length of your choice.
LENGTH EXTENSION: A 2” extension is available for all chain lengths. We welcome all body sizes the opportunity to wear our wings in a size that makes you feel gorgeous!
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*Requests for specific hues, sizes, and custom work are welcome. Beadwork is available upon custom request at varying prices.
Expect fast turn around times through the USPS. Special shipping services available upon request.
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.
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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.
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.
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
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
Yes! For more information about selling Isms work in your fine establishment, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift jars for jewelry are available through this link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109472462/gift-packaging-homemade-butterfly?ref=shop_home_active_71
Gift wrap for larger items coming soon!
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.
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.
-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