This week a peek in the urchin factory :) Some people might think that we just find the urchins and then glue them on a ring. The real fact is that the preparations are alot of work, dirty work.
Finding the urchins takes hours, often they still have spines although they are not so strongly attached anymore after they die (of natural reasons, we find them on the beach). Cleaning the spines is often painful and messy as the spines litteraly fly everywhere. Then we fill them with foam, a very dirty difficult job (this is the stage you see them in the pictures). The foam needs to be cut off once dried and then they have to be cleaned thoroughly with all kind of brushes and needles. And finally the epoxy, again a dirty messy job, which takes hours. So it takes alot of work and time till the urchins are actually useable for the things we make with them. Making the jewelry is the fun part :)
You can see more workspaces at Kootoyoo's blog!