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Alan2310's likes25 of 120Frank Welz, Maze decor Vase, Circa 1900-1910Wilhelm Kralik - Bambus
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Posted 1 year ago

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This is probably my favorite purchase from last week's mini-vacation. It is a shadowbox full of sea shells. Could be shells from California but it has no sand dollars. Sand dollars are probably the most common shell found in California.
I had estimated the dimensions of this at 24" x 18". Luckily I had a tape measure in my pocket and found out is is actually 25" x 19". Good thing I had that tape measure with me.
Whoever did this put a lot more care into the project than I do with sea shells. You can see mine in the three on the left in the last photo. There is another very nice one I didn't do in the lower right corner in the last photo.
The mystery piece in this case is the one towards the lower right corner that looks like a trilobite.


  1. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 1 year ago
    Nice collection and very well displayed, Love some of the color combos mother nature comes up with.
  2. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 1 year ago
    Never seen one before, I wonder how they are attached to the backing. that intrigues me ! Very nice to get a whole collection in one swoop.
  3. Karenoke Karenoke, 1 year ago
    I love all the displays, the new one and the ones you made. I've collected sea shells from all over the U.S. and they are in small jars, compote dishes, and even simple woven baskets. I need to get off my butt and show them the love and respect you show yours. Very nice!
  4. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you very much PP. Mother nature does excellent work.
  5. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you very much Phil. I use a hot glue gun to do mine. The new one used something a bit nicer. It is some sort of glue. Very well done considering how small some of the shells are.
  6. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you very much Karenoke. Get some shadow boxes and a hot glue gun and you are ready to go.
  7. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 1 year ago
    Wow ! These are really nice !! Love the whole arrangement on the wall.
    Well Done ! :)
  8. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you very much nutsabotas6. Very kind of you.
  9. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you

  10. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    I love Sea shells and what a fantastic collection you have ! wow
  11. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    And thank you very much Manikan!
  12. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you
  13. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 1 year ago
    That's quite a collection fort! I don't know what that corner shell is but it's very pretty and I love that one crab ? shell above it to just to the left. I live here in California and have to say, I haven't seen a sand dollar in years come to think of it. Maybe it's like the puka shells in Hawaai...disappearing!
  14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 1 year ago
    Then again, I haven't seen the starfish in a while and you have a lot of them...very nice ;)
  15. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you very much shareurpassion. I think what you are looking at is a pair of oyster shells. One is stuck inside the other and it actually is supposed to be attached to the shell above it. No clue what that articulated shell thing is. Looks like a big rolly polly. I saw sand dollars in Morro Bay recently. They were alive and they dig into the sand. They are black when they are alive. Haven't seen starfish lately but I haven't looked. Cabrillo Beach has good tide pools.
  16. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you IrishCollector.
  17. Zilla Zilla, 1 year ago
    Nice collection! I think the mystery critter is a Chiton. I really love them, they stick to the rocks like living fossils.
  18. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you very much Zilla. And thank you solving the puzzle of the mystery creature.
  19. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you goodeyeguy.
  20. Alan2310 Alan2310, 1 year ago
    Lovely collection, the last picture is very special, I see this is not your first with seashell, before you find this one, Nice.

  21. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you very much Alan. No not my first. Two of those I made and a third one was half done and I completed it. The one in the lower right I bought complete.
  22. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you
  23. fortapache fortapache, 1 year ago
    Thank you SEAN68.

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