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Sea Urchins

$155.00

 

Fun Facts:

  • There are over 200 species of sea urchins
  • Some sea urchins contain venom
  • Sea urchins are omnivores, eating both plants and animals
  • The bodies of sea urchins have radial symmetry, meaning they can be divided into 5 equal parts
  • Sea urchins reproduce by external fertilization
  • When the eggs hatch, the urchin is in a larval stage, and swim with other tiny sea creatures that make up zooplankton
  • Average life span of most species is 30 years
  • Sea urchins have teeth, which they can use to scrape algae off of surfaces.  They can also use their teeth to excavate a hole in coral and rock in order to hide

Process And Size Guidelines

I handcraft each piece in my home studio, located just outside of Kansas City, MO.

Most of the photos I use were taken by me on my travels near and far.    I review each photo, looking for striking colors and strong structural elements.    If you think of the entire design as a pie, I am looking for a perfect “slice” of pie within the picture.  Once I find it, the slice is mirrored and repeated in a circular fashion to create the whole pie, i.e. the kaleidoscopic design.

 

The design then is printed multiple times onto photo paper and I hand cut different elements from each copy of the design with scissors (yes, scissors!). After the cutting is done, I reassemble the pieces into tiered layers separated by foam core, creating the unique three-dimensional kaleidoscopic effect.  Finally, I mount the piece onto mat board and frame it in a shadow box, adding a small copy of the original photo to the piece.

 

 

Each design is available in multiple sizes.  The larger the piece, the more layers the design will have, which gives you even greater depth and dimension.  The larger size also allows for more intricate cutting, providing more texture and more "wow"!

 

 Size
Outside Dimensions Inside Dimensions Frame Color
10x10
9.75" x 9.75" x 2" 9" x 9" x 1.5" Black
13x13
13.5" x 13.5" x 2.75" 12" x 12" x 2.25" Black
16x16
18.5" x 18.5" x 4" 16" x 16" x 3" Custom made reclaimed cedar with museum quality plexiglass front