These Sea Urchin Holiday Ornaments feature real sea urchins. They are Sputnik Urchins which have knobby bodies and are from Indonesian coral reefs. The shell is the skeleton of the sea urchin which is an animal. Want to lean more about sea urchins? Here is a link you may find useful. https://a-z-animals.com/animals/sea-urchin/
Once I select the best looking sea urchin shells I fabricate the wooden finials for the top and bottom components. Sometimes, I use silk tassels for the bottom feature. A silk cord is the hanger to attach the ornament to your Christmas tree.
It is neat to use creations from Mother Nature and work them into my art. I am always searching for common and unusual natural items. I also use acorns and pine cones in both jewelry and vases. Here is a link to an acorn and pine cone vase https://www.aaturning.com/product/acorn-vase/
I began making jewelry in 2010. It all started with wooden pendants turned on the wood lathe. Then I moved to bracelets and bangles and using color pencils cast in resin. These have become my signature pieces. Then came earring and incorporating natural objects from nature. These include Anise Stars, Cinnamon Sticks and Sweet Gum Seed pods cast in resin. The effects are remarkable and it is not easy to identify the item. Take a look at this handmade brooch. https://www.aaturning.com/product/cinnamon-brooch-pin-handmade-jewelry-resin-jewelry-chef-gift/
If you are searching for a special gift there are many unique choices in my store in this website under the Jewelry and Cool Stuff category. Many additional items are available in my Etsy shop at http://Etsy.com/shop/Aaturning
I design and produce these Sea Urchin Holiday Ornaments in my studio in New Jersey, USA. I divide my time between forming the shapes on the wood lathe. Then I will spend time at the studio bench refining the product until I am satisfied with the result.