Starting with a base color of pearl white, the artist uses different techniques and splashes of color to craft a distinctive piece. The upper wings are created using capiz oyster shell, left natural to bring in different natural hues. The red base color is accented using brown feathering patterns. The lower portion of the wing is made of tin, textured to highlight the lines that stem from the body of the butterfly.
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.