Made of copper, silver and inlaid crab shell. The side is chased and repoussed to match the texture of the crab shell. The lid is cast sterling silver. It has a hidden drawer in the bottom. The top comes off to revival a puzzle.

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Comment by Janet Alexander on March 30, 2011 at 3:47pm
Thank you! It was fun to make. It took a long time to make (6 months).
Comment by Ann Davis on March 30, 2011 at 2:11pm
That is awesome!!!!! Love it!!!
Comment by Wanaree Tanner on March 8, 2011 at 5:30pm
Wowers!!
Comment by Janet Alexander on February 28, 2011 at 9:12am

This box won Award of Merritt at the 2004 Craft Houston.

Here are some photos of the inside. The center is a real barnacle and the others are cast fine silver. I always wondered what a live barnacle looked like, so I made my own. I took crab claws and electroformed gold and silver on them.  I created gold and silver gills on the underside. 

The smaller ones have silver tails and the older ones have gold tails. Each sit in a special hole which forms a puzzle. Inside the center of the box is a ruby, the hive's hart. Each of the barnicals are inside hatching.  The drawer has a photo etching of a map.

 

Comment by Lora Hart on February 28, 2011 at 8:55am
This is fabulous. Please bring some of your work to California. I'd love to see some great metalwork.

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