Shadow box frames 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.
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.
Custom sizes and finishes available upon request with 2-6 week lead time, depending.
The glass is quite sturdy/thick, and I have yet to have one break in many years of selling my own art in these frames.
Joints are nailed and glued.
Bending prongs are used to secure the back, to make your art easy to put in and take out.
Even the little brass hangers on the back are made in the USA. We can attach the hanger in horizontal or vertical orientation for rectangle sizes. Easy to switch yourself later, too, with pilot holes for each orientation pre-drilled in the frames.
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
Jun 16, 2021
Love it -- very nice stain and just as shown.
Jun 9, 2021
May 8, 2021
I lost my dad a few weeks ago. He was a veteran, and I could not think of a more fitting way to display his fishing lures. The shadow box is perfect, and I love it! Thank you!!
Apr 26, 2021
Lovely shadow box! Very well made! My son passed away and on the anniversary I happened to find a heart stone randomly in a parking lot. I wanted to keep it safe and have a way to display it so that I can always see it. This box is perfect and means so much to me! Thank you! Highly suggest!
Mar 30, 2021