Ever go strolling down the beach and find one of those cool sea urchin skeletons just knocking about in the surf? And then you picked it up and stuck it in your pocket to take home as a souvenir, only to find that, when you got back to the hotel room, it had crumbled into a pile of annoying little shards?
Well, these won't do that!
These are those very same purple sea urchin skeletons (technically known as "tests," how about that? Ok, we promise no more science here....), but our plating specialists (us) have added a generous coating of pure copper to the outside so they are much, much stronger, and oh, so beautiful!
Our electroplating process piles on the metal one atom at a time, so that it is now one integral piece of metal, with no seams, joints or overlaps.
The metal is thick enough to withstand any reasonable impact (and probably a few unreasonable ones, too), but still maintains the intricate details and patterns that make these things appear so interesting.
The bright finish is a real eye catcher and is what we would refer to as 'raw,' which is to say that it is not coated with any varnish, clear coat, lacquer or other protectant. This means that, should you choose to give it some some of fascinating patina (such as verdigris or liver of sulfur), it's ready to go. You could also give it a coat of clear artist's varnish to keep it brilliant, or just let it naturally mellow, like a newly-minted penny.
Some folks have been known to use these as a master for making molds for other materials such as polymer clay (which is not so easy with an unplated one - see paragraph one.....).
These are also great for jewelry, especially sea-themed pieces.
Answer to Frequently Asked Question:
Yes, the original skeleton is still inside there, where it remains safe from you, me and other predators.
Answer to Other Frequently Asked Question:
No, we did not kill them, they were already unoccupied when collected.
Our current batch ranges in size from 5 cm at its widest to 3.5 cm at its widest. We will be shipping the largest ones first, unless you specify that you would like one of the smaller ones. They are between 1.5 cm to 2 cm tall.
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Shipping & policies
Shipping is via USPS First Class mail, within the United States of America. A shipping, packaging, handling, double-checking, triple-checking and envelope-licking charge will be calculated (considerably higher for international orders - hey, we're not happy about this either, but the rates just got horribly jacked up ) will apply to all orders. Really heavy, dense, enormous, massive, humongous orders will require additional postage, charged at a ridiculously low added cost. We will let you know before shipping if this applies, but it sure doesn't happen often. In fact, it hasn't happened yet, so don't sweat it.
Note: multiple orders can be combined for cheaper shipping. This could get a bit strange with multiple international orders, owing to the vastly different rates on packages vs. envelopes. Fear not, however, as we will make sure that whatever the combined shipping rate turns out to be is the lowest possible sum, despite whatever the automatically calculated rate is shown as.
Insurance is generally not necessary, but, if requested, will be added to the shipping price. (Fair Warning: this could add a day or two onto shipping, as our Express Marmot must wait in line at the Post Office to accomplish this.)
Any applicable sales tax is included in our listed price (now how often do ya hear that?)
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