Argonaut, not Nautilus

After reading Kim (Flextiles)’s post on felting a Nautilus Shell, see link here, I realised how different the two shells are. Most King Islanders call our shells that wash up every now and then, Nautilus Shells. They are actually Argonaut Shells. The creature that lives and breeds inside them are strange-looking squid like mini monsters that form the shell from secretions to protect the babies. Truly amazing and paper thin. To find an undamaged one on the beach is difficult because they are so fragile.

Felt seemed like the perfect medium to sculpt an Argonaut.

Argonaut not Nautilus

Side by side - The real and the felted version

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Help for Beginner Felters – making a pod vessel plus more

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This is a great blog site from two talented ladies.  Check out the comprehensive tutorials for FREE plus their eBook at a very reasonable price. Click on the link above to see the Pod Tutorial.

They are also featured in the latest Felt Magazine from Australia – lovely happy works of art!! Well done Lyn and Annie.