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Topic: Altoid tin sea turtle "shrine"- lots of pix.  (Read 19560 times)
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« on: January 31, 2007 02:28:25 PM »

I was inspired to make this tin after seeing an ice-skating one posted by mamakittyx2.  I thought her magnetic skaters were SO cool and I needed to do something like that.  Last summer we were at our friends' beach house in FL and a loggerhead sea turtle dug a nest right off the seawall next to our steps and 2 months later 147 baby turtles hatched out and were captured to be released safely after they'd grown a little.  I always like to make our hosts something to commemorate our vacation, last time it was a gourd painted to reflect our stay and their house, this time it had to be turtle-related, it just had to! 

I made the turtle removable so you can see her "laying" an egg.  She's held in place by a magnet on her belly and another under the sand.  The shark's tooth came off their beach, we go out looking for them at least 3 times a day, it's a contest to find as many as we can.

Inside is a palm tree with coconuts, a sea kayak, manatee head (there's a story there!) and a shark's fin, because I am totally, unreasonably afraid of sharks AND we saw 3 baby sharks in the water last year.  The turtle nest is on the right, roped off with orange "tape".  The loose pieces move around with magnets under the tin, just like mamakittyx2's ice skaters.  The palm tree is made from sculpey, ficus tree leaves, silk of course, and sculpey coconuts.   Inside the lid, I painted a sunset and covered it with clear micro-beads, another craftster idea I borrowed from a lady who made an Altoids purse, her name is Faith.  Neat effect, yes?

The tree is removable so you can lay it down inside the tin and close it up.  I have to make another one of these so I'll have one to keep, but I'm pretty pleased with this one and don't plan to make any changes. 

I am so grateful for all the wonderful ideas I've been getting since I discovered this website a few weeks ago.  I would feel like a total copy cat except for the sea turtle part of this tin which came to me one sleepless night.  Thank you all for the inspiration!

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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2007 02:32:40 PM »

aww, that's so adorable!!!!

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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2007 02:36:32 PM »

aww that's so cute!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2007 03:06:03 PM »

that has so much detail! its soo talented!
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2007 03:24:24 PM »

Wow how cool. It's a vacation in a box
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2007 03:39:06 PM »

AMAZING - my mom loves turtles and she would be impressed!

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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2007 03:50:51 PM »

OMG. That is the cutest EVER.

Great job!!!

« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2007 03:51:31 PM »

Um, okay, I just absolutely love this.  I need to do something like it, except mine will have horses Tongue  It is so dang cute!!!


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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2007 04:58:28 PM »

Thank you all very much!  Praise from Craftsters is definitely uplifting. 

I am very detail oriented, to me that's the fun part.  If this tin was any bigger, maybe I could have crammed more into it!   Grin
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2007 05:12:13 PM »

That is too awesome, I think you need to tone it down a bit. JK!! Haha that's my odd way of saying I love it! How you did you accomplish the awesome sand effect?
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