Shells is two shells females and males. If in urban or suburban areas, waste shells are often found in sea food restaurants, surely we can see the type of sea shells that become waste. Seashells indeed meet the trash, because the small size of the mussel meat from the shells make waste accumulate and become unsightly. Many people already use these shells as a craft. Too many foreign tourists who love the craft of artisan production Indonesia shells. Formerly shells made children’s products, children are very happy to use the toys of various animal-shaped shells cute with the technique of making paste. But the development of technology, the shells are not hany made by compiled and taped but also drilled even combined with metallic materials. With creativity and innovation with the clam shell can be generated outside craft beautiful and unique.
c. Handicraft process of waste shells stuffed
The top shells a hole to insert a key chain
1.clam washed, then dried
2.clam arranged and glued one by one
3.clam rranged into a doll
4.doll given eyes and other accessories
The processing of shells after being taken from the beach is :
1 ) Shell of shells sorted according to size and shape.
2 ) Washed using running water and soaked in a solution of sodium soda ,
so that the remains of shellfish meat and feces , and the odor in the shells can dissolve.
3 ) dried with dryer , do not use direct sunlight , so that the quality
4 ) Preparation of raw materials in a manner shells filed , sanded , or cut
according to the needs.
5 ) The shell clam ready made products designs that have been made .
a. Materials and equipment Handicraft of waste shells sea shells Sandpaper
Glue miser firing
Latin shells: mollusk, the soft-bodied aquatic animals. General understanding is all complete with a pair of mollusk shell. Americans call it with the clam. Her life attaches to the object as media.
All shellfish are used in home industry is its shell. Examplesand mussels, shellfish species commonly beached cultivated for food consumption such as blood clams and mussels.
Shells could be a sweetener that is attractive when combined with furniture. This is done by Mulyadi who juggle waste shells are worthless to raise sales of furniture. Not only sold domestically, furniture conch also favored foreign markets.
Shellfish waste into something valuable if used properly. As performed by juggling Mulyadi clam shell waste into raw material for furniture. Mulyadi said, the idea of utilizing the shell began in 2005. “At first accident,” he said.
He told me, while driving through the streets in the town of Jepara, Central Java, he saw a lot of piles of shells were thrown away by local residents. Mulyadi who at that time worked as a furniture craftsman then think to make waste shells as a sweetener in the product furniture. He then tried to make light box lid from the waste shells. Once finished, the lampshade was entrusted to a furniture company in Jepara.
Unexpectedly, after a month, Mulyadi contacted with 700 orders cap lamp shells. From there Mulyadi then develop new designs of shells. He combines shells in the framework of furniture such as a table. Job as a furniture maker and carpenter make him have the freedom to be creative.
He decided to pursue the manufacture of furniture with shells as accessories. Increasing needs mussel shells, shells made must bring the waste from Jepara, Surabaya, Madura, and Lampung. In one month he requires about 3 tons of shells for his workshop, Antika Lightnings in Jepara.
He bought the shells of clams at a price kilogram. Price shells depending on the type of shellfish. After the shells came, he then
wash it clean. Then the shells are separated according to size and shape. “Split it up big and small, round and squares,” he said.
Shells that will be used, not directly affixed. Mulyadi should be cut with a saw according to the desired shape. After that, the shell coated with powder coating to make it look shiny and textured hard. Once dried, the shells were then glued together at the legs and body of the table. In addition to desks, mussels are also mounted on chairs, cabinets, and mirrors, including made lampshade. “Many consumers say that the furniture adds an extra sweet with shells,” said Mulyadi.
Not only as a sweetener, the shells can be used as the main material of furniture. Only, still needed wood or plywood as a buffer so that the furniture stand strong. Mulyadi using teak, mahogany, and mango for furniture. The timber was imported from West Java and Central Java.
According to him, people like the furniture that seem simple. If the shells are affixed portion larger than the timber, not much order because it felt too fancy.
Currently, along with 30 employees Antika Mulyadi Lightnings able to fulfill orders for living room furniture, dining room, and bedroom. “Everything with accessories shells,” he said. Mulyadi even launched a new draft in the form of a sofa, coffee table, kitchen cabinets, and cabinets TV.
A scallop furniture priced If a customer buys a set of living room furniture, then the price started to Rp 15 million. With one set, buyers get a sofa, table, TV cabinet, lid or lampshade to the mirror.
Antiques and interesting impressions of shells, making furniture orders received jumped Mulyadi. “Sometimes there are subscribers who asked for 50 seeds. There are orders worth USD 5 million, there were USD 50 million,, “he said. Within a month Mulyani able to send three containers of furniture shells. One container lampshade.
Aside from the domestic as Jakarta and Bali, purchases also come from abroad such as Spain, USA, UK and Australia. “Orders and abroad balanced,” he said. The surge in the number of orders also makes Mulyadi Antika Lightnings opened branches in Cirebon, West Java.
Various promotions are made Mulyadi, one of them by following the furniture exhibition, International Furniture and Craft Fair Indonesia (IFFINA) 2011 at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran. He said that business opportunities are very promising, especially shellfish furniture business is not yet see people. “The waste is cheap, large turnover,” he said optimistically. To increase sales, the plan Mulyadi also will offer its products to the hotel.
Besides Mulyadi, you’ve to shopping souvenirs at street Cilinaya-Lombok? Shopping aisle Malioboro in Yogyakarta, as well as souvenir corner in Bali. Then maybe never encountered objects souvenir knickknacks result of unique handicrafts made of shells.
Shellfish Crafts Unique Material
Part shells are used as a unique craft is its shell. Namely shells adult female who has a unique texture to form various patterns. The patterns are arranged unique hand.
Commonly used types of shellfish is scallop shells. Previous shells are cleaned, then washed with flushing and added powdered sodium soda to eliminate odors. After it is dried by the sun shade that is not exposed to direct heat. The goal is that scallop shells are not cracked or damaged.
The production process follows: Poses sorting, washing, drying,
preparation and manufacture
Relying accuracy to pick shells adult females who had died. Adult female shell be an option because of the wide, thick and sturdy. Not as fragile as .
Done gradually. The first shell washing under running water or a container of water. useful for removing sludge attached. Then carried out using powdered sodium soda rinse is used to remove fishy.
After washing is completed, the shells are dried using a screen. In order not to be exposed to direct sunlight. Dried in an open space so that the stored water content evaporates quickly ..
The preparation process encompassing production, such as design patterns to be formed. Examples flower petal pattern, leaf pattern, turtles, flip-flops, and dolpin. By cutting the desired shape, finely hone the edges, and sometimes need sanding. Also prepared container or basic media such as flower vases, tissue, wall clocks, and so on.
After all is ready, you begin to shape according to the pattern and the desired model. Usually fit the image or design on the computer. You just follow the example. Sometimes just need some combination of various forms of flower petals, Develop forms of coral or small snail on a tiny bottle. All of the results depends on your creativity.
Various Crafts Unique Results
The result is a variety of unique handicrafts. Unique and classic. That is not cracked against era. Because of the unique hand crafted shells this, no reference to a period or certain circles.
Preferably everyone from ordinary people to the elite. All liked this craft. You can peek at some of the results:
Shells made upholstery soap, tissue, vases, lampshades, jewelry boxes, decorative calligraphy, photo frame key chain.
Small snails were made: curtain door / window, dried flowers minimalist. Replicas of dinosaurs, poodle, flowers framed, squirrels, geese, and replicas of the puppets.
Mix snails, and mussels seashell medium size, shape: wall hangings in the dining room / family. Forming miniature ships. Wall clock as a filler, or minimalist wall.
Seashell mature into: ornament booster door. Sometimes it becomes ashtray, or a pen holder.
Fishermen are the promoters of the group of shellfish that is unique. Examples Sidoarjo fishermen who formed self-help groups as a craftsman shells. Activator group of fishermen is then followed to promote to be known by the public.
In Bradford, the fishermen supplying this handicraft cooperatives. Working closely with the Regional Tourism Office.
Pricing and Market Share
The price varies, up to millions. Depending on the time of manufacture and level of difficulty. Examples replica of the boat that was compiled from hundreds of shell plates for a month. Worth five millions.
Keychain when you buy dozens / job lot can be cheaper. Then lampshade valued much more expensive, because it requires a thousand plates varied with conch shells small. Attached one by one until neat. Prices reached ten millions.
Although the price soared after the market, but its market share is clear.
If interested in becoming a distributor of unique crafts from shells, you can contact the groups of fishermen businessman in Medan gantungan kunci.
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