Fashionable you say…
To follow up on my colleague’s post, “Gotta Eat ’em to beat ’em”, I will be discussing another and rather creative method of saving the reef.
Lion fish are still quite beautiful creatures despite their destructive nature with their brilliant hues of red and brown and even burgundy. Most of their beauty is attributed to their spines and fan-like fins that project so gracefully around their frame. Sadly, their spines are weapons of mass destruction that serve as venomous vessels.
Talk about beauty is pain…
Because of this there are warnings everywhere about avoiding the spines and how to carefully remove them.
But then what? What do you do with them?
Well thank God there are creative people in the world who have come up with a brilliant and sustainable way to use the spines.
That’s right! You guessed it!
Make jewelry with them!
You heard me… I mean read me?
Yes, why dispose of them when they can be turned into something beautiful.
Now this may raise a lot of questions. Like safety.
They are 99.99% safe where they contain no venom as that would have been denatured during the removal process. Also, the spines are coated with a clear polyurethane sealant and are filed for safety. However, being human and all the only danger they pose is if you happen to stick yourself. Other than that you’re good to go.
There are many different things that can be made such earrings, necklaces, bracelets or make them all and have a fierce set. ( rawr!)
Feeling creative? Want to try it out for yourself?
There are many sites such as Pinterest that show a wide variety of designs that you try or simply purchase. There are organizations such as the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) that have workshops and sell lion fish jewelry kits to help you get started.
All images courtesy Pinterest.com
Here’s a link to help you get started watch video here
Through this fun and inventive way of using the spines, it not only contributes the efforts of saving the reef but can provide an means of income for those crafty souls. It can also contribute to tourism for many regions plagued by the lion fish. Tourists and us conservationists can support the cause and look good while doing it.
Be fierce, be fabulous. Save the reef today.
By Delia Singh.