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Topic: Hermit Crab and Can of Peas "shell"  (Read 3249 times)
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« on: December 08, 2010 04:51:52 AM »

For the One Tiny Stuffie Swap, my partner RhymeswOrange said she liked hermit crabs. I'd never really learned about those and so it was an instant challenge to make one! I loved all the old cartoons and drawings of them in tin cans instead of shells, so went that route.  Keeping it under 4"x4"x4" was quite a task!!!  This is all my own design from scratch.

So here's the crabbie!



The crab (un-named, and sex unknown - Rhymes gets to determine that) walks around wearing the can:





But, when threatened, the crab can retreat into the can for safety!




The crab can also come out of the can completely and run around nekkid. It looks somewhat lobster-ish, but they are a more elongated crab than a typical red oval crab, like a Dungeness or such. (Tho this one is even more elongated than normal, oops!) They use the back end of their body to firmly latch onto their portable shelter.




The claws (arms and claws themselves) are pose-able, as are the front two sets of legs and the body itself (that's how it fits into the can, and stays there!).  There are pipe cleaners inside for the posing.



An in-progress pic:


The crab and the labels on the can are of 100% wool felt, the gray can itself is eco-felt. 

The can is stiffened with Timtex inside the walls and both ends. (these pics before I put the lid on the can). I tried to make the seam look like an old tin can joining seam, too.



Then I stitched rings on the lid to look like the ridges in a lid, and attached it to the body of the can. I deliberately tried to make the edges of the can all bumpy and rough, to look like it was opened with one of those old-timey can openers, the kind that you had to "punch and rock" to open.


In-progress can:





I had *so* much fun making this crab and the can!  I'm so glad it went to a good home.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2010 06:15:16 AM »

Wow, amazing.
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2010 06:22:10 AM »

That's really cute---what's the rhyme that goes with it?
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2010 06:58:51 AM »

This is really cute! 

I said 'Awwwe' out loud when I saw his little Pea Can.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2010 07:14:32 AM »

That's really cute---what's the rhyme that goes with it?

Oh, sorry, my partner was RhymeswOrange so I keep shortening her name to just Rhymes.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2010 07:44:04 AM »

This is the coolest hermit crab ever!! I love it, especially that he can come out of his can haha..
Also, you are fantastic for giving him an underwater oasis backdrop for his photoshoot
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2010 09:20:44 AM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2010 05:55:22 PM »

He is the coolest thing on the planet.  He is going to go to work with me and hang out in my office.  I LOVE him camelama!!
Thank you!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2010 06:05:33 PM »

That is really a great job, looks so cute in or out of the can.. Grin
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2010 12:17:01 AM »

Uh-mazing!
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