Butterfly Wing Art
Misc. Butterfly Items
Real butterflies preserved in acrylic frames are available for purchase on gallery pages 1-8 (see gallery guide on left and bottom of page), click here to learn how purchasing from us helps save the rainforest & butterfly species.
Acrylic (Lucite, plexiglass) frames are sealed, clear, wall mounted, three dimensional display cases and are the recommended display option for real butterflies. Butterflies are three dimensional so they shouldn't be mounted in one dimensional frames. These clear cases allow you to easily view both sides of the butterfly simply by flipping over the case (the undersides of the wings are often beautiful and different than the uppersides). We glue a small clear acrylic hanging device to the back of the cases (hidden behind a butterfly) and include perfectly sized nails to fit the hanging device so all you need is a hammer, a wall, and a few seconds to easily hang your display. Also note that the smaller cases (10x13 and smaller) can be displayed on a flat surface using a display stand if you desire. We currently don't sell stands though but you can find one at a local store.
Acrylic frames are sealed airtight, providing the absolute best butterfly preservation environment.
All butterflies are mounted on thin, clear rods of varying lengths, enhancing the perception that the butterflies are in mid-flight. Although very time consuming, placing all the butterflies on rods truly creates a three dimensional display, something that could never be done with a traditional frame. The rods also allow us to angle and tilt select butterflies. For example, if a butterfly is flying towards the right side of the case we'll make the right wings closer to the base and the left wings closer to the top of the case (think how an airplane turns). This is where acrylic rods play the biggest role in creating a realistic display. Deeper cases will use longer and more varied size rods. The more we vary the size of the rods, the more three dimensional the display is. This is why our large cases are 2 1/4 inches deep.
Mounting on rods allow the butterfly wings to float freely, they are not flattened like they are in some frames. Iridescent butterflies look much better in acrylic cases, when they are flattened by glass the glare somewhat obscures the iridescence.
Very often when you put a flat poster, painting etc. on your wall it kind of becomes part of the wall. After a while, you barely notice it. When these butterflies are "floating" inches off your wall at all different angles and directions they will always catch your eye.
Also note that if you bring your case to a custom framing company they can frame it in a wood, metal frame etc. but that's certainly not necessary, one of the great things about the acrylic case is that the focus is on the butterflies, not the frame. Our acrylic cases have rounded sides and smooth corners, very elegant.
Custom orders / substitution requests are welcome. For example, if you want to buy 2 different displays and both have some of the same butterflies you can request that different butterflies be used to insure that you get entirely unique butterflies. Simply email us with your custom order / substitutions idea and we'll respond promptly. Note that for some large displays (like the Rainbow Flight or Paradise) some butterflies are "interchangable" so the display you receive may vary slightly from the picture on our site. We can't update our multiple butterfly display pictures everytime we get a cool new butterfly, however we can guarantee that the large multiple butterfly displays will only use magnificent butterflies. We are always trying to "upgrade" our displays with the best butterflies available.
If we are sold out of a butterfly or product that you want, email us and we'll contact you when it comes back in stock. If you need to place an order totaling $1,000 dollars or more, please contact us first. Some displays have several options so you'll want to click on the picture to view the product page detailing the additional options.
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