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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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