Stars in Branches

Stars in Branches

$15.00

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Real, naturally occurring cottonwood star strung on waxed Irish linen that can be fisherman's knotted (instructions in photos) to fit a neck, wrist, or ankle. All stars are naturally occurring, and will vary. Your choice of brown or black Irish linen.

I came across the legend of the stars in the branches while helping to clean out my grandmother's house, after her passing. I thought it was beautiful, and couldn't help wanting to share them. I never take branches from live trees. Only those that have fallen by natural means. In a stick about a yard long, I'll generally find 2-5 stars. You just have to hunt them out.

A Native American legend tells of how the cottonwood tree first gave birth to the stars by holding star seeds within its branches. Buds shaped like five-pointed stars emerge in early spring from the branches. In late spring female cottonwoods birth their cotton-like seeds into the air, filling the sky with magical “stars.” In winter, the stars sleep within the branches. When an upper branch is broken a five-pointed star is revealed within it as the home of star seeds.

The Lakota (Sioux) believe cottonwoods embody the “Great Spirit” of Wakan-Tanka, also known as “Great Mystery.” Their star-like qualities and majestic size are honored as the “standing one” who connects the earth with the sky. Every year a sacred cottonwood is chosen for the annual Sun Dance ceremony and placed in the center of a large circle as a time of coming together.

Sun Dance ceremonies were yearly community gatherings held is late spring or early summer that corresponded with buffalo herding together after a long winter. Just like the buffalo, Sun Dance ceremonies brought tribes in North America and Canada together for the regeneration of life. Chosen individuals made personal sacrifices on behalf of the community. The intention was one of renewal for all people on earth and for the earth itself. Sun Dance ceremonies were banned for many years because the nature-based spiritual practices of native tribes conflicted with the Christian-based practices of Europeans. In the mid 1900’s the “ban” on Sun Dance ceremonies was lifted. Cottonwoods are once again being used in Sun Dance ceremonies as symbols of connection between us and our star ancestors.

Stars inspire hope in our hearts and minds as we realize that we all come from the stars and will return to the stars. Ancient cultures honored stars as ancestor spirits that guided us home. Stars inspired mapmakers and mathematicians. They shine light into our human journey on earth and the spiritual journey of our soul.

Message: Cottonwood is asking us to reconnect with the ancient wisdom teachings based in nature and to remember that we all belong to each other. To move forward we must have hope in the future and embrace our community by including all our “relations.” Now is a time to count our blessings as we dream a new world into being. This may require some sacrifice but the peace we create within our self is necessary for the healing and regeneration of our spirit and our world.

Challenge: Daydreaming and or floating through life. Not taking life seriously enough to make a difference.

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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: wholesale@findisms.com

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

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What a beautiful little star! Thank you! ⭐️


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