Mermaid on Rock with Real Butterfly Wings Framed Art - Disabled Veteran Made Frame - Ink Illustrations by Holly Ulm
Framed print of original ink drawing by Holly Ulm with real butterfly wings forming the tail of this mermaid, who lounges majestically on a rock. All images are printed using archive-quality inks and card stock. Paper has a shimmer to it making the image appear more black or grey from different angles and under different lighting, lending itself well to the iridescence of the butterfly wing(s). Each piece is one of a kind and even prettier in person! Check out our reviews.
Specimens are ethically sourced, helping to fund efforts in butterfly repopulation and land conservation. See our FAQ page learn more about our process, where we get our wings, why we care about pollinator conservation, and how you can help!
You will not receive the exact wings shown. Standard, Special, and Rare wing choices reflect the cost of our purchasing the specimen.
Standard Wings include many gorgeous types of wing sizes and colors. Generally, they are non- metallic species
Special Wings include blue morpho butterflies, some giant moths, and other metallic blue species, plus a changing variety of other colors and sizes.
Rare Wings are truly rare, with very limited options and quantities.
We are happy to honor specific wing requests whenever possible for a $5 custom work fee. Select the Request Wing option and drop us a note at checkout with your specific requests!
All frames are handmade by a disabled Veteran in Minnesota. Frames are solid pine wood and are painted black. All components are made in the USA. All frames are approximately 1.75" deep.
Choose your size: 4x4, 5x7, 8x8, or 8x10. These are the approximate size of the inner image in height and width, not the outer frame dimensions.
The 4x4 and 5x7 will hang or sit on a shelf. The 8x8 and 8x10 standard sizes are made to hang on a wall.
Each frame is handmade. Expect small variances in frames. Custom sizes, materials, and finishes can be requested.
Your photographs, drawings, or silhouettes can be used for customized butterfly wing art. Simply request custom work from this listing and tell us what you have in mind.
May 3, 2019
Really amazing and unique!
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?
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you gift wrap?
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!
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