The basic frame of the butterfly is created using tin, which is powder-coated with a black finish and makes this piece safe to use outdoors. The edges of the frame are reinforced using thicker tin wire. The front of this piece is adorned in areas with capiz shell, an oyster native to the Philippines, before being hand-painted and sealed with a water-based sealant. The primary purpose of this oyster to provide a source of food, however, the shell is a sustainable by-product that can be used for decoration. The capiz shell subtly replicates the reflective qualities of butterflies in nature. The entire piece is lightweight and has an eyelet in the back allowing it to be hung using a finishing nail, command strip, or a push pin.
Due to it being a natural material, the organic colors of capiz come through as tans and browns underneath the paint. This butterfly is influenced by a tropical butterfly that is known for its bright red color, it's swift flying patterns, and its longer than usual lifespan. The artists truly captured the bold reds and contrasting black that this butterfly is known for in its natural form. To enhance the illusion of transparency, the artists use capiz shell in the upper wing to reflect more light. Hand-painted, but with varying degree of hue, this butterfly will feel like the real deal on your wall, except for the size of course. Dimensions: 11in x 1in x 8in