The center of this butterfly is comprised of mother of pearl oyster shells. Each individual shell is emphasized by the different hues of the naturally unpainted shell. Bordering the outer edge of the shells is tin, hand-painted, in an aged copper. Though very different materials, both the metal and the shell complement each other and will complement any space as well.
The basic frame of the insect is created using tin, which is powder coated with a black finish. The frame is reinforced using tin wire along the inner edge. Capiz is an oyster shell and the primary purpose of the oyster is as a source of food. However, the by-product, the shell, can be used for decoration. Due to it being a natural material, the natural colors of the capiz come through as tans and browns underneath the paint. The shell is then painted the bold colors you see. The entire front facing piece is carefully hand-painted keeping in mind the reflective qualities in the color of insects.