The design is based on the shape of the Senatorial scallop found in the tropical waters of the pacific. Like the rings of a tree, one can determine the age of a scallop my counting the rings on its shell. Each ring represents one year of growth. The artist using this feature to add beautiful detail along with a deep aqua color to reflect its ocean habitat. Real capiz oyster shell adorns the exterior giving this piece a shimmer as if light were bouncing off its shell from under water.
The basic frame of this piece is created using tin, which is powder coated with a black finish. The frame is reinforced using tin wire along the inner edge. The front of the body is adorned with capiz.
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 may come through as tans and browns underneath the hand-painted surface.