Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Starfish Pins ~ Made in USA

Wear your support for animals on your collar!

Our Painted Starfish Pins

These gorgeous and unusual starfish pins are made in Washington and Idaho by a team of U.S. artists. The high-quality lapel pins or oversized tie tacks are unique. They are exquisitely detailed; the quality of the painting elevates each pin to an item of wearable art. Each one is cast in pewter and painted by hand. You will be delighted with the professional quality and artistic details of your piece of fish jewelry. The finish is extremely smooth and shiny, as you can see by the highlight from the scanner. It is also extremely durable. The pin is secured by two sturdy tacks on the back so it stays upright, and the finished product is not only beautiful, but satisfyingly substantial in weight. It can be used as a lapel pin, hat pin, tie tack, and more. This collectible animal pin is heirloom quality, and the details are so realistic, they are found in museum gift shops and bought by organizations in need of the perfect animal to represent their group.

About Starfish (Sea Stars)

There are currently about 1,800 varieties of starfish (also known as sea stars). All are echinoderms of the class Asteroidea, and live throughout the world's oceans, at all depths and all temperatures. While most starfish have five arms, creating a typical star-shape, many can have 10-50 arms. Even in species known to typically have five arms, individuals can develop "extras" due to abnormalities during their developmental or larvae stage. Some starfish can regenerate lost arms, and a very few, like the linckia star, can regenerage an entire starfish from a single living arm.

All starfish are predators, feeding primarily on clams, corals, snails, and any other animal they can catch. Once caught, the starfish forces open the shellfish and extends it's stomach into the prey's shell to devour it. While some species of starfish are themselves prey for pufferfish, triton snails, and other aquatic hunters, many starfish have adaptations to make themselves appear unappetizing or dangerous. By far, starfish are under the greatest threat humans, specifically humans' poluting of the oceans. Starfish draw seawater through their bodies, so any contaminant in the water can injure or kill starfish in great numbers.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

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