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Pendant Sand Dollar Starfish


Price: $16.00
Item Number: 0046
Manufacturer: Drummer Cove Design
Manufacturer Part No: 0046
The mold for this pewter casting was taken from an actual Sand Dollar that washed up on a Cape Cod beach. It is 2 1/4 inches in diameter and weighs 1.6 ounces.
If you've strolled along a beach on Cape Cod, you've probably found a sand dollar. But what is a sand dollar? Children have been known to say that sand dollars are pressed sand that has been dried or even the money of mermaids washed-up from the deep. In reality, the fragile disk is the skeleton or "test" of a marine animal. By the time the test washes up on the beach it is missing its velvety covering of minute spines and appears somewhat bleached from the sun. It is hard to believe it was once alive.

Starfish may well be the most unusual of the well-known creatures. They have no front or back: they can move in any direction without turning. Rather than using muscles to move their hundreds of tiny legs, starfish use a complex hydraulic system to move around or cling to rocks. If you've ever tried to pry a starfish off a rock, you know how effective its hydraulic system really is. Starfish don't have to make themselves symmetrical. They can rearrange their arms any way they please in order to wedge themselves into a small nook in the rocks.

The technique of replicating the exact shape of sea creatures was developed by Jeff Mitchell, a pewter smith who lives in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. All sea creatures are cast in a high grade lead free pewter.

© 2009 Jeff Mitchell    - www.drummercove.com -        P/N: 0046

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