Framed real butterfly art. Print of original ink drawing by Holly Ulm with real butterfly wings ready to spring into action on this kitty's back when observation turns pounce. All images are printed using acid-free archive-quality inks and heavy shimmer paper, which makes 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 artist signed, one of a kind, and even prettier in person. Species information and story card included. Check out our reviews.
Common wings include many colors, neutral shades and earth-tone.
Special wings include most metallic colored wings, intricate pattern wings, and other more coveted and/or rare species.
Requests will be honored as closely as possible.
Shadow box frames are handmade by a disabled veteran in Minnesota. Solid wood (pine) with your choice of brown or black finish. Every frame is handmade, and one of a kind. Variations in wood grain and resulting finish are to be expected. These are heavy, sturdy frames, with thick glass.
Sizes are approximate, as each frame is handmade and comes out slightly unique. Expect the average dimensions for each size:
4x4 Frame: inner opening approx 3.5x3.5”
outer frame approx 4.75x4.75”
5x7 Frame: inner opening approx 4.5x6.5”
outer frame approx 6x8”
8x8 Frame: inner opening approx 7.5x7.5”
outer frame approx 8.75x8.75”
8x10 Frame: inner opening approx 7.5x9.5”
outer frame approx 9x11”
All frames are approximately 1.5” deep.
Your photographs, drawings, or silhouettes can be used for customized butterfly wing art. Shop this link:
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!
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
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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
Mar 12, 2022
This piece is absolutely incredible! I had a specific wing design in mind and Holly was SO helpful in making sure I got exactly what I envisioned. Truly one of a kind and the fact that the butterflies are sustainably raised and harvested is important. Would give more stars if possible. Highly recommend!!!