During their brumation (hibernation) period, my two adult desert tortoises participated in a mold-making project. Alginate was used to create impressions of various body parts. The head was formed as a freehand creation. From these impressions, plaster castings were then formed and modified. The various parts were reassembled using modeling clay. When the model was complete, a one-piece blanket mold was created using silicone rubber.

Tortoise sculptures are cast with Hydrocal gypsum cement. Unsealed Hydrocal does NOT possess the same waterproof qualities as ceramics or kiln fired clay pots. When fully dried, the plain white tortoise sculptures are treated with penetrating lacquers to provide an increased degree of water resistance. However, excessive exposure to rain, standing water or sprinkler irrigation may result in noticeable surface erosion over time.

Sculptures, upon which metal coatings have been applied, provide a greater degree of water resistance. Metal coatings consist of finite metal particles suspended in an acrylic. Patina accents are achieved using a light green or Tiffany Green acid based patinas. The acid patinas react to the metal (bronze, brass or copper) particles within the coating while still wet. The patina is very subtle, but provides an interesting iridescent effect when exposed to various light sources.

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Large Tortoise Planter
(plants not included)
(Temporarily Out of Stock)

Large Tortoise Planter (Plain)
(plants not included)


Small Tortoise Planter
(plants not included)


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