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Mar. 3rd, 2011 | 05:31 am
posted by: drumlogic in from_nature

This Is Cross posted to several communities. I have a question about starfish. I am working on building a specimen cabinet with a specific collection in each in one or two drawers.(like a drawer just of different seed pod plants, one of just a certain class of insect, and so on and so forth)kind of like this:

http://blogs.discovery.com/.a/6a00d8341bf67c53ef012875d0eff2970c-pi

Well in one of the drawers, I am going to have different types of starfish. I got in several starfish the other day and they stink like crazy! My question is how do I get rid of the funk? I know you can boil shells, but what about starfish? I don't want to bleach them, because I want them to retain their natural color. Does anyone know how I can accomplish this? It's a pretty bad odder or I would just let it go!

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rubyelf

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from: rubyelf
date: Mar. 3rd, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
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You could try hot sand... I'd look up instructions for it, because I don't remember the details of temperature and such, and you'll want to have a non-important specimen to practice on. This involves baking sand in the oven and then pouring it over the item, which should dry it out and preserve it and hopefully get fir of the smell. Seeing as how starfish are kind of fleshy, though, you may have to go with some kind of liquid preservation to keep them from molding.

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Archimedes

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from: drumlogic
date: Mar. 3rd, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I will research that! thank you!

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J D

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from: jacques_strappe
date: Mar. 3rd, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
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The above solution looks really interesting, and is something I haven't heard of before. But yeah, you need to let them dry, preferably in an already-warm place, and definitely not in a small, enclosed area. A long time ago, I brought back several starfish I'd found dead on the beaches in Florida. Some were already quite dry and had little to no smell, but others were still quite fresh, and I made the mistake of keeping them in a tightly-shut box for months on-end. Mistake! Let them dry, and for a long time. Once they're dessicated, most of their smell should be gone.

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Archimedes

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from: drumlogic
date: Mar. 3rd, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
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I might try that for a while and just see what happens. they came wrapped in bubble rap(which looked like they had been in for a while). I want to be super careful because they are not very common type starfish and I only have one of each, so Experimenting might not be good!

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