Garden Art forum: Turtles Anyone??? Tutorial

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Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida (Zone 8a)
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Nov 24, 2011 8:15 PM CST
This is for Anjl and Vicki.
Turtle tutorial.
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Turtles, Pick out the color of clay you want to make your turtle.
I picked out bright; so you could easily see what I was doing.
Condition your clay.
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You got the bottm, the top shell , Head, tail and also front and back legs.
Thumb of 2011-11-25/Ridesredmule/68fe6eWe are going to make this little critter into a Magnet turtle. So to take out some of the weight he will have a foil ball placed in the center of the botton shell. Got to look like this because the rest of the body will go inside the shell too.

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This is his head and tail. . roll a little ball and taper one end a little fuller, this is his head. The tail will take about half as much clay , make it long and tapered.
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Here he is, with tiny black eyes and his tail. to make his mouth just cut a slit. The eyes are tiny snakes with a tiny piece cut off. If you want; you can carefully roll them into teeny tiny balls to place on his head..
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got to do his legs. He isswimming away so we got to make them a little shapely. Use another little long snake for each leg. I like to flatten his feet, then I take a toothpick and make indentations for his toes.
Thumb of 2011-11-25/Ridesredmule/822141Gurgleley, gurgle. We are ready for the top shell.

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Gently fit the top shell to bottom and you make gently stretch clay to fit top shell to bottom. Get that toothpick we are going to scrimp his shells together.

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I like to put my name and year I made it.
Try to locate it so you won't cover the space for the magnet..
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I like to add glue to be sure that the magnet stays on.
I fancied it up a bit with cutouts. Sometimes I use beads too, you can use little gems too.
Your turtle, dress it up.
I got these neat little cutters that have some nice little shapes then, I score the edges in to make it leaf like. This is same leaf I have used on Greenmen., I love the shape.
I use a satin or aclear glaze . Have fun and show me what you have done. You can make these even smaller and put them into mini gardens.
Name: Pegi Putnam
Norwalk, Ca. zone 10b
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Nov 24, 2011 10:19 PM CST
Awww he is so cute!! You do have fun with your clay. Smiling
Name: Sally
Wesley Chapel. FL (Zone 9a)
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Nov 25, 2011 5:43 AM CST
I agree Hurray! Thumbs up
Name: AnjL/Annmarie Bailey
Twain Harte, CA (Zone 7a)
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Nov 27, 2011 5:33 PM CST
Hurray! love them!!
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Name: June or Nancy-June o
Fort Leonard Wood, MO (Zone 6a)
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Nov 30, 2011 12:46 AM CST
I agree Hurray!

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