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Help-How do you make a tortoise shell for a play!

Posted by snowqueen-191196 - Created: 7 years ago
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Posted by Nag Champa-254206 - 7 years ago

dont forget to post a link to some photos when you have done, best of luck!

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Posted by snowqueen-191196 - 7 years ago

A very big thank you to all of you who have posted suggestions about how to make a fake tortoise shell.
As it is for a teenager's school play (nice that they still want to be creative rather than lumping around!,), I think the polystyrene cup idea is the best.

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Posted by Nag Champa-254206 - 7 years ago

could you do something like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/brumd/5064104689/ styrofoam cups staples together but just make a half globe.
Then cover with tissue paper/pva glue paper mache in brown colours and draw on a tortoise shell pattern in black marker when dry. Make some straps so they can wear it like a back pack.
then dress the kid in brown/green t shirt and leggings or catsuit with a yellow/green vest over the top so they have tortoise coloured legs and arms with a paler tummy.
Should look effective and be very light for a child to wear.

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Posted by ChristopherL-188542 - 7 years ago

How big?
For something like 19.99 you can get one of those starter plastic sandpits for toddlers that have a curved plastic cover that look just like a tortoise. Maybe that was even their idea when designing it.?
I dunno if it is against your principles to buy ready-made rather than the genuine arty-craft experience with your daughter to have her build her own props for the play. But for a small amount of money you get an authentic tortoise experience and you still have the business part of the sandpit to use for the babies. :-)