While biking in Florida I came across this empty baby turtle shell. I’m guessing the occupant was someone’s ‘to-go’ snack. Having seen some really cool artwork that integrated real animal or insect parts with man-made pieces I decided to try something myself.
The shell I soaked in Borax and scraped out as best I could. Once it aired out for a few days the fishy smell went away.
Finding legs was the first puzzle - nothing I had looked right. I finally dug out an old tuner from a radio I had gutted and noticed the tuner plates were vaguely the shape of sea-turtle flippers, so those were in.
A vaccuum tube seemed a perfect head. A spring for a tail. A large gear seemed right because turtles go slow.
Did you know taking a Dremel to a turtle shell makes a smell roughly like your teeth make when getting worked on a dentist’s office?