Small Real Butterfly Wing in a Jar with Cork Closure - Fairy Bottle - Funds Conservation
Specimen Jars

Small Real Butterfly Wing in a Jar with Cork Closure - Fairy Bottle - Funds Conservation


$10.00

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  • Details
    A real, ethically sourced, butterfly wing in small size medical grade pyrex glass bottle with cork closure.

    PLEASE NOTE: Isms works with over 700 species of butterflies, moths, and other insects. You will receive whatever specimen jar(s) are currently available, as this changes frequently. Feel free to make requests, and I'll do our best to accommodate you, or find a similar substitute. All wings used are beautiful.

    Information about your specimen, care, and Isms work is included with every purchase.

    ..:::SPECIMEN SOURCING
    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 SPECIMENS
    The longer I do this work, the more I also receive donated specimens. I also honor these through art work seen here. 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

    .:::TALISMANS
    Without change, there would be no butterflies. Butterflies are powerful symbols for change, evolution, and transformation. There are many cultural, spiritual, and group associations with butterflies. I hear many stories of butterflies as messengers from other planes and the great beyond. I hope you'll find your wing is a talisman of courage for all of life’s changes, and grace for all of life’s choices.

    .::: ABOUT ISMS
    All of Isms art is handmade by Holly Ulm at our studio in Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd, MN. Isms is dedicated to preserving nature through sustainable art; preserving butterfly populations; preserving butterfly habitats; and preserving real life relationships of integrity. There is great care taken in every choice within a choice. From ethical sourcing, to employing disabled veterans and recovering addicts, to optimizing material sourcing through other artisan companies, while keeping things as local as possible.

    .:::WHY HELP
    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 bees to pollinate in about a 5 mile radius, AND we need butterflies to carry genetic diversity (up to 55 miles in a day) with their pollination. I'd like to see us all do our small part to ensure insects have a place on our planet. I don't know about you, but I'd like to keep eating. The old fashioned way.

    .:::HOW TO HELP
    Learn about chemicals that are harmful to insects and pollinators. Many chemical fertilizers, and pest control chemicals (including mosquito and tick sprays) are not only harmful to helper insects, they can cause damage to humans, too. Learn about alternatives to chemical use. Plant indigenous host plants, and re-wild wherever possible. Butterflies and bees need many small patches of host plants. One large area won't help much. The more small efforts everyone makes, the greater impact those small efforts have, as bugs traverse our planet. Many people enjoy fostering butterflies for release. If you choose to foster caterpillars into winged creatures for release, please do your research. They are susceptible to diseases that proper habitat cleaning and separation can mitigate. When fostering, keep your habitat outside. It's tough love for sure. However, insects brought indoors become weak from lack of exposure to realistic elements in nature. This has been recently proven to weaken the entire gene pool within a species population, as many have begun bringing monarchs indoors to foster for release in hopes of increasing their numbers. While this does increase numbers temporarily, more butterflies will die down the line from weakened genetics. Fostering outdoors in a habitat that protects them from predators, while mimicking their natural environment is best for species survival.

    Thank-you for your support of our efforts. Together we can do even more than we can alone!
  • Shipping & Policies

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    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: 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