We started collecting sea urchins about 10 years ago. We found them amazing and where sure that we could make some amazing stuff with them...
Only problem was, they are very fragile, so the only thing we made was this home decoration, to hang on the walls. It has been hanging now for 10 years... all the other urchins we found in all those years where in a big glass bowl, getting dusty and now and then we undusted them.
When we started on Etsy, the amazing place to buy and sell handmade goods. We finally found the inspiration again to create more. And we found the tric to make the urchins not fragile anymore. We started selling them as beads at the supply shop... still not so sure what to do with them ourselves. The beads where selling like hot cakes and soon we needed to go to the beach to collect more. While we where collecting them I had a small one in my hand and put it on my finger, it looked amazing: the first (yet not made) sea urchin ring! Suddenly we got all kind of ideas with the urchins, there at that moment on the beach we finally found our niche... a great niche.
In dutch (probebly also in many other languages) is a saying: 'Money is lying on the street'.
In this case it should be 'Money is lying on the beach'.
I've been looking at Etsy to find more artist who use urchins as inspiration, here are some of them.
BellaBella-Antique Urchin Billford Notecard
bridgmanpottery-sea urchin vase
dlkdesigns-Vintage Dictionary Word Pendant- Sea Urchin Illustration