Birthday gift for one of my closest friends. Her favorite cephalopod is the nautilus. She was quite amazed when she opened the box and found this little guy!
The shell is papier mache painted and varnished; the fleshy parts are needle felted wool. It's weighted in the shell and hangs by a stretchy string so it can bounce and bob like they do while swimming. You can't see in this picture, but I included the siphon.
A real nautilus has ninety tentacles! Ninety! I only managed to fit thirty for this one.
It's about seven inched long.