Real Butterfly Jewelry and Framed Art

Nisswa, Minnesota · 1562 Sales


Real Butterfly Jewelry and Framed Art

Nisswa, Minnesota 1562 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

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Holly Ulm


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Last updated on Jan 26, 2018

20% Off shop-wide until 2/5/18. Some exclusions apply. We're in studio, and filling orders quickly. Let us know if we can help with anything!

Holly Ulm

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5 out of 5 stars

skratchytx on May 9, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is so cute! I have it hanging with the Horse Fly one and it’s just exactly as advertised but even prettier in person. Highly recommend!

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Real Butterfly Art Supporting Conservation of Butterflies & Their Habitats

What would Isms be without stories of metamorphosis? Life brings us opportunities to grow, change, learn, and move on. My share includes more than any of us care to have me list here. There are those experiences, however, that have left profound marks, and brought Isms into being. In a nuthouse... errr... nutshell...

I was raised as a vegetarian living in the back of my father's meat market. Not only did this teach me to ward off dogs that loved the smell of beef jerky in my clothes, it also taught me that your choice defines your life. You can choose. Again, and again. Not everyone gets a degree in meat processing before living under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, only to find yourself a vegetarian butcher. My father did, and used it as a spring board to become Crazy Cowboy Bob, Nisswa Citizen of the Year, the Clock Doc, and owner of 6 boutique stores at one time. Not to mention my self-employed grandparents, aunts, uncles, brother, and numerous friends.
Lesson One: Choose your life.

My vision for Isms's butterfly wings came on a cold day in January. For the next 5 months I researched, experimented, and tried some more to find a way of making what I saw in my head. I tried every product on the market. I told myself mistakes were cheaper than college. Let's just say it would depend on the college. I found ways of processing the wings, but none that I was really happy with the results of. I was ready to throw in the towel, and told my oldest daughter (who was 9 at the time) as much. She replied, "Don't give up, Mom. You always tell us not to give up. I know you can do it. I'll help you! We all will. Just don't give up!" Well, crap. Now we were talking life lessons, and being a proper role model. I started reading more; researching deeper; and calling on more mentors (this is where Greg first got on board). A month later I had a rudimentary process that I would spend the next year refining, and growing into. A wise man once told me, "Every problem inherently has a solution. Otherwise it would be a condition, which few things truly are."
Lesson Two: Find the best solution possible.

In the span of the three years before starting Isms: I left my husband; my home; our three retail boutiques; brought one of our stores back from fire; started two interim businesses; incurred mercury & lead poisoning; became a doula, a minister, and a reiki master; all the while raising three children without child support or government cheese. I flung myself at life with prayers of, "Thank-you. More, please. Use me." I am so grateful this has evolved into life with a business that allows me to explore my ceiling for mastering my art form, while keeping a schedule that allows me to be a present and joyful mother to three of the most wonderful kids imaginable, all while helping conservation efforts. I always knew I was capable in artistry, life, business, and motherhood. But, the greatest surprise from Isms has been the evolution of mine and Greg's friendship into working collaborators, and co-conspirators. Which, has blossomed into a good old-fashioned romance. The guy still makes me fawn, and blush, as easily as I can be blunt and gritty. It's just a little awesome all the way around. And, back to Isms... it allows us to meet amazing artists, and supporters; to share our passion with the world; and to work for the greater good through conservation efforts. Isms is an extension of our intensions with one another, and the world around us.
Lesson Three: Love, and give thanks.

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  • Holly Ulm

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography, Shipping

    My greatest lesson came early from my mother. She didn't allow coloring books, as she felt we should make our own lines. Not color-in someone else's. It is the foundation of Isms creations, and my best excuse for driving outside the lines.

  • Gregory Sisco

    Maker, Designer

    The wingman you always want on your team. Grego is co-conspirator, prodder, and rudder to all of Isms creations. His meticulous eye for detail; keen sense of design; straight forward nature; and zealous humor help make Isms what it is.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 5, 2013
Isms goal is not to improve on nature, but to preserve it with functionality. Each butterfly wing is carefully preserved as close as possible to its natural form using a process of our own creation. The formulas, and tools used depend on each wing. The same clothes don’t work for every body-type, and the same process doesn’t work for every wing type. Listening to each wing is key. The scales, veins, and overall structure dictate the steps necessary during the beginning, and middle stages. Some wings have taken us a year to figure out how to keep the color! The topcoat (and final step) to all of our wings is a two-part, jeweler's grade resin. When finished with the preservation process, each wing is waterproof, non-toxic, fade resistant, lightweight, and delightful to touch. They have amazing iridescence, and prisms in sunlight. The formulas, tools, and methods used over the two weeks it takes to preserve each wing have been derived from my studies, mentors, and plenty of practice (plenty of mistakes, too). We hope you enjoy our work.

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If you have a problem, we'll figure out a solution. We're pretty nice about things. We're from Minnesota. It's in our contract.
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