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gilded-creatureshorseshoe crab plate | brass sea urchin  | conches & whelks | brass clam shellbrass shrimp | gold whelk shell

My latest fascination. I scavenged a horseshoe crab carcass in Chatham a few weekends ago and I'm itching to gild it for displaying on my mantel. or coffee table. or nightstand.I haven't figured that part out yet but the only thing stopping me is that the quasi-empty shell still stinks like low tide and the only way I'm going to be able to make it work is if the underside is scraped out. I've had it sitting in a pool of bleach for two weeks now and instead of killing anything off it's just emulsifying the shell and I'm worried it'll get too soft to use. My problem is that I don't do 'scraping out' of crustaceans or mollusks (see 'about me') and need to find someone to do the dirty work for me.

soaking-crab

Did you know these fun horseshoe crab facts? Horseshoe crabs aren't actually crabs at all. They're more closely related to arachnids (a group that includes spiders and scorpions) than crustaceans and they've been around since before the dinosaurs. "Horseshoe crabs are extremely important to the biomedical industry because their unique, copper-based blue blood contains a substance called Limulus amebocyte lysate. The substance, which coagulates in the presence of small amounts of bacterial toxins, is used to test for sterility of medical equipment and virtually all intravenous drugs."