The basic frame of the dragonfly 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 dragonflies 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. Four dragonflies are taking a mid-day break from fluttering and their characteristically unpredictable flight patterns around the lake. The slender, metal body of each dragonfly connects to colorful, capiz-shell wings, which catches light and adds shine. Each wing is framed using sturdy wrought iron and reinforced with a metal backing. Dimensions: 28in x 1in x 7in