Thursday, 18 February 2010

Our Creative Space...


You might remember me mentioning about the damages the storms have been giving the past weeks (some electrical gadgets got burnt and our roof got damaged). The storm also gave something back to us.
The beach where we find the sea urchins is not close by and the roads are rough so only when the weather allows we can go. After 2 months we were finally able to go about two weeks ago.
And the amount of seaurchins was amazing! The storm must have been busy bringing them to the shore.


We count ourselves lucky when we find about 100 of them, very often we only find about 20 urchins. This time we found hundreds and hundreds it took us hours to collect them and our body has ached for 5 days of this heavy exercise :) Just to imagine how big the pile is I put my hand near it, pretty amazing right?

Of course collecting is one thing, actually prepairing them to be used is a whole other thing... it took us 5 days to get them cleaned (with plenty of hand cuts and spines getting into our fingers).


Another 4 days to fill them with foam... and then again 4 days to clean the overfloading foam.


They are now in this stage, and a 4, 5 day epoxy time will begin, excuse me if I'll be a bit high (of the epoxy) these days :)


You can see more workspaces at Kootoyoo's blog!

24 comments:

  1. It certainly is hard work. Thank you for sharing the whole process. I always like to peep behind the curtain. :)

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  2. Wow !! I love the before-after feeling here :)

    Once cleaned they look gorgeous !! But thinking about all the work :S

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  3. Oh my GOODNESS, what an amazing stash!!! Ohhhh I'm very very very envious. I live on the Gold Coast, Australia and we get some beautiful treasures from the Pacific but I've never ever seen anything as amazing as your sea urchins!!

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  4. Wonderful work... Congratulations...

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  5. OMG OMG OMG....REALLY TOUGH WORK...take it easy Estelllaaa:-)

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  6. So hard work but so nice pieces of jewelry you make out of them :)

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  7. Wooooww, this was a huge work, now you must have a stash for at least year now :-) So great!

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  8. Oh wow! You got yourself a big stash now and what a huge work you gotto to before you can actually start making something out of them. I never knew!
    Amazing!
    I will never moan about my prepping work before embroidery now :D

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  9. I am happy for you both you found so many this time!! So much work.... But you'll have a nice stock for a while now. Thnaks for charing!!

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  10. omg, that is a big pile, indeed!
    you deserved this luck after all the struggle with electricity.

    They look so great after the cleaning: I would go there and jump in the pile!

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  11. wow Estella, that's a great bunch and so much work !

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  12. What an enormous amount of work! Well woth it though :-D

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  13. Wow! What a bounty!! :)

    Definitely a worthwhile trip, even though knowing the work involved to get them cleaned and ready for use might tempt you to leave a few behind! hehe

    They look beautiful already, and in your creations they become magic! :)

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  14. * WoW* Never realized how much prep you have to do! Hope your backs are not so achey breakey any more :) I'm sure the outcome is always worth it!

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  15. Wooow, what a pile :) Can't wait to see what you'll use them for :)
    I feel realy lucky to find a couple of them here in Adriatic see.

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  16. Stupid me ...I ordered 6 small urchins in Hawaii and let them come by post ... My sister has a house in Turkey, I will let her look out there to find these beautiful things of the sea.

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  17. Wow. Just...wow. That is a heck of a lot of sea urchins!

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  18. WOW Estella! What a catch & what a work!
    I loved seeing the progress pictures - so great to see the work behind the urchins. I'd love to dig my hand in that little pile and choose a few! ;)

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  19. so wonderful to see that you found so many of them this time!
    But... Where is the beach travel photos? I mean with all the snow here in sweden I neeeeeed some sunny Turkey photos right now ;) I love to see your photos from the nature down there.

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  20. wild i wish i could come and visit !!!

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  21. Wow! WOW! You sure where busy! :)

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  22. That's amazing! Mother Nature does provide!!

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  23. Omg! That's amazing! I love finding treasures by the ocean. I've found a few Urchins in Fl. It's always so exciting. I can't imagine finding that many!

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  24. My goodness, that is hard work! It sure was an interesting read :) thanks for sharing!

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