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FranOnTheEdge:
I have a couple more turtles now:
http://vid251.photobucket.com/albums/gg314/franontheedge/Craft/Polymer%20Clay/Animals/Turtles1_zpsbk3txhxw.mp4

These two new ones don't have the decorative shells like the 1st two... not yet anyway, but these new ones should turn out lighter, because I made formers out of kitchen foil for them, so not hollow but almost as good as.

Above is a link to a video showing the two older turtles and the hollow in the big one, and the ring of clay that I may use to help secure the feet, tail and head to the upper shell.
The question is, do you think that's a good idea?  Using this ring of clay?

The 2nd half of the video shows the 2 new turtles, sans detailing.

I do have a still shot of one of the new turtles, with a little more detailing in the head of the big one. (I think it's a Box Head Turtle... possibly.)



3 of the turtles now have eyes & one has a few neck wrinkles.

I'm not ready to give up on the detailing yet: - it's so relaxing doing that, so it'll be a while before I get to the damaging part of the detailing, and the addition of Swellegant comes after that.

Karolina.S:
I like their faces :) Nice ones.

Carrie:
They're rather cute!

As for the question....it looks a bit bulky, as if they're resting on a cushion, but if you thinned the edges down it wouldn't hold the feet etc in very well, so - difficult!  The bulkier bit below the head of the bigger one looks pretty authentic, from my memories of our tortoise...but his base plate was definitely thinner at the sides.

I imagine the ones with a foil core have the same problem with attaching the legs etc.

FranOnTheEdge:
Thanks.
@Carrie,
Yes, it does look bulky. Having looked at images of turtles - it also makes them look more like tortoises than turtles.
My problem is I'm beginning to think I'll have to do them as just desk ornaments since I can't see how to securely attach any kind of bail, the obvious place is through the mouth as if the creature is holding on to a ring of its own accord, but I'm not convinced of the security of the head to body connection.  Not that I've actually connected it yet.

Turtles seem to have no nooks and crannies between the shell upper and the plastron below, or between the legs and shell/plastron (or head or tail) it's all smooth and looks water-tight.

I can turn the newest ones into Tortoises, except for that nice "Box Head turtle" head.

Desk ornaments... sigh.
I set out to make pendants...

MelMcG:
I really like your turtles Fran!!  They're very cute.  Great video too!!

Mel  :)

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