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Shell-Game How-To: Coquina Butterfly

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2008



  • Shells

  • Wax paper

  • Clear-drying cement

  • Toothpicks

  • Aluminum foil

  • Tweezers

  • Nail scissors

  • Wings: 1 joined pair of coquina shells (use the prettier side)

  • Body: 1 large sea urchin spine

  • Antennae: 2 small sea urchin spines


  1. With a toothpick, dab cement on the underside of the "hinge" between the open wings. Let dry.

  2. Dab cement on waxed paper; set the wings on cement.

  3. Dot cement on the body, and secure it between wings. Let dry.

  4. Dab cement on aluminum foil. With tweezers, drag each antenna through cement, then affix each to the body at an angle.

  5. While cement is tacky, use tweezers to lift and spread antennae. Let dry.

  6. Peel butterfly off waxed paper. With scissors, trim away excess cement.

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