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Ok, so what does that have to do with AV's or gessies? Well, I'm going to try an underwater design in the upcoming club show, and thought a starfish would be a great part of the design . . . but I'm going to have to work on that . . .
Beautiful! Wow! It looks a lot like my Lil' Snowdrift Sport! I could never figure out the underwater designs either, but they sure are beautiful! It seems to me that they would be viable for only a few days. I am anxious to read the responses of those who have had experience with these. Glad you brought it up!
That was Pony Ride. I don't have that one anymore . . . but I don't like starting threads without a pic!
I'm wondering if I can't spray a starfish with some kind of sealant . . . to make it water proof. And if I can, I wonder if the sealant would be waterproof . . . I'm trying to keep things as "natural" as possible . . . I've got this real good idea going, but if I can't waterproof a starfish or sea horse(s), then I'm . . . um . . . back at square 1.5 . . .
Jan - they're waterproofed by nature prior to their demise . . . once they are "collected" by people and dried, they lose their waterproofness . . . (yes, real word . . .I've got my handwritten dictionary right here . . . )
Marine varnish . . . I wonder if they have that at walmart? I'll have to check that out. Thanks, Earle G
Oh, I'm being careful of everything I'm going to put in the water. I have a few shells that may go in . . . I had bought 3 starfish . . . (in retrospect, I should have gotten more for testing purposes!) - one was so waterlogged that it turned to mush when we tried to take it out of the water! I also have soaking an oyster shell that I snagged from the chinese buffet place the other night. So far, that one still clouds the water, so I'm going to try boiling it tonite . . .
Oooooooh! I did not know that! "waterproofness"--cool word! My spellcheck did not like it at all though, but what does spellcheck know...it doesn't like the way I spell my name either! Whoever 'Hurd' of such a thing?
Good thing about an underwater design, though, is that the ph of the water won't really matter . . . as long as it looks good during judging . . . the blossom(s) in the design might get water logged after a few hours, but those could be changed out easily enough each morning of the show/sale.
That's so funny that you snatched the shell from a buffet. Inspiration can strike at any time and any where.
I won underwater last year with something extremely simple. There are 'crystals' at craft stores, some with predrilled holes. I jammed the stems of a couple carrot leaves with one violet blossom into the hole. No glue, tape, etc... required to 'hold' it into place. It was then lowered through a narrow neck jar with long forceps (had to carefully 'squish' the bundle together to get through). Filled with distilled water and 'wo-la'- best in design! The judges loved the narrow neck or the jar because it didn't appear that the arrangement could 'fit' (water magnifies so),