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All summer long Crabby Chris and her "Nople Steve" prowl the deep waters off Camano Island, Washington in search of the wily Dungeness Crab. (Wily and delicious, that is!) Last season the crabs were bigger than ever, with huge claws that I like to call "thumbs". Not wishing to waste Nature's gifts, I have strung crab thumbs on heavy duty stainless steel beading wire along with other beachy stuff and glass beads to make a stunning 26" gnarly neckpiece.

Because crabs have their bones on the outside, they have to shed their shell in order to grow. (Don't we all?) So they crack them open across the back and exit them in reverse, emerging with a new, slightly larger shell that will harden over several days. Did I comb the beach for all these thumbs? Heck, yes! But I also trapped, euthanized, boiled, and consumed some of the hapless donors myself, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Perhaps my zeal for crabmeat was fueled by an unfortunate incident resulting in a pinched, bleeding, painful, hideously scarred finger on Yours Truly. But I'm not bitter . . .

The perfect gift for the crustaceophiliac, June/July birthday person, incorrigable grouch in your life, grizzled fisherman, or as an outward sign of your cantankerous temperament. The length of this neckpiece works for large, medium and small humans, but if you need a particular length just let me know (no upcharge). Closes with a silver-plated toggle and loop.

Fifth photo shows this beauty on the job, worn by real live Mermaid Cydney. Isn't she gorgeous? Limited availability on this item as there are only so many crab thumbs available and when they're gone, they're gone, until next summer. Guaranteed to evoke comments, inquiries and dubious stares. Not recommended for those who wish to keep a low profile.

Carpe crabum!

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Frequently asked questions about crabbychris

Crabby Chris™ is pleased to render almost any of her designs in almost any color on almost any shape of pillow. If you would like to discuss your ideas or request adding a name or text to your order, please convo the artist.
Pillows can usually be made smaller or larger to fit your needs. Please feel free to inquire of the artist to work out the details.
Every handcrafted Crabby Chris™ textile item has a sewn-in care label for easy reference.
All items are enclosed in a sealed cello bag and shipped in a sturdy recylable polypropylene mailing bag. A matching wide grosgrain ribbon and bow can be added to your purchase at your request. If you would like a short personal message hand-lettered in a greeting card, make your request in "Note from Buyer".
Please feel free to inquire through Etsy convos as to whether your order can be customized to your specifications. Once details are worked out, Chris can create a custom listing, the purchase of which starts the project. Customized and personalized items are non-returnable and non-refundable as they are not marketable to others.
All designs, photographs, descriptions, images and other contents of this shop are protected by copyrights of the designer/shop owner under U.S. and international law. For licensing information please contact the artist.
Your information will not be shared with anyone, or used for any purpose other than to complete your Etsy transaction. Crabby Chris is a confirmed anti-Spamite.
No; the nickname started as a joke. Like many things, it simply got out of hand.

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: natural crab exoskeleton, seashell chips, puka shells, etched glass beads, sea urchin spines, stainless steel nylon coated wire, sterling silver clasp, crabby attitude
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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