This butterfly is large and bold with its striking bright red body. But this butterfly isn’t mono-colored. Instead the artist uses different shading techniques and mother of pearl oyster shell to bring in depth as well as strong color. The artist further enhances the butterfly by adding brown feathering to the wing-tips.
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.