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Flashback Friday: Calling all hermit crab exhibitionists: Hand-blown Glass Shells!

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 06, 2012 08:00 AM
Originally published June 29, 2011: Are your hermit crabs looking for new digs? Consider these beautiful works of art: Artist/designer Robert DuGrenier creates exquisite hand-blown glass shells for hermit crabs from his Vermont workshop.

About Flashback Fridays: Every Friday, Advanced Aquarist will repost a blog article from this week one year ago. With all the content we publish, we want to share the timeless and interesting articles for our new readers as well as regulars who may have missed the origin

The Emperor Wears No Clothes


Tailored glass suits for hermit crabs ... Now I've seen it all!

 

A beautiful gold-colored glass shell
A beautiful gold-colored glass shell

While we can all certainly appreciate these fine glasswork on their own, they are actually designed to provide homes for living hermit crabs.  According to his website, "Robert has imitated the interior shape of each of his hand blown crystal shells, following the spiral formations which accommodate the contours of a hermit crab's body."

The best part?  These beautiful and functional works of art are available for sale, with prices ranging from $13.50 to $60.00 USD (depending on color options).  Various sizes are available: from 0.5" to 2.0" openings.  Custom sizes are also available upon request.  Visit GlassShell.com for more information.

Here are some of Robert DuGrenier's past works:

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Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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