his is an actual, real Monarch butterfly that was found already deceased along the shoreline here in the Indiana Dunes. During the late summer/early fall, our beaches are littered with the corpses of Monarchs that couldn't make migration for various reasons. I gather a few to create beautiful things from their beautiful forms.
I've taken the butterfly and electroformed her edges in pure copper. I've attached the wings with epoxy sculpted clay that has been electroformed onto a real antique skeleton key. There are three tiny sunstones on the front as well. She can be worn as a necklace or displayed as a unique and beautiful suncatcher or altar piece. Although she is delicate, my unique process of preserving and preparing her for electroforming makes her sturdy enough to wear. You will NOT see another one like this! Also makes a beautiful addition to your fairy garden!
Electroforming is a unique process of combining chemistry and alchemy to take natural objects and plate them in copper. It can take up to three days to create a single piece. Each piece has been given a dark patina and good old fashioned polishing with steel wool. My work has been clear coated to halt the oxidation process and to keep your skin from turning green. Over time, the copper on your piece may need a coating of clear nail polish to continue to keep the oxidation to a minimum.
Each piece is made by me in my studio right here in northwest Indiana, and is one-of-a-kind. The stones I use spend time under moonlight for cleansing before I work with them. I choose my materials very carefully for quality and provenance, including cruelty-free and eco-harvesting. All purchases come carefully packaged and ready for gift-giving!
Sincerely, your Stone Sister, --Jayde
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