The turtle models are now completed, just in time for World Turtle Day.
As a favour for the Turtle Oblonga Rescue & Rehabilitation Network (TORRN), I commissioned (asked) my father (John Loh) to produce some clay turtle pieces.
The moulds were prepared in 6 hours, and then allowed to dry over a few weeks.
Clay was pressed into the moulds and then they were carefully removed and remodelled (a delicate process taking 7 hours).
They were then allowed to dry slowly over several days to prevent cracks, in preparation for firing.
The dried models were fired in a kiln at 1100 degrees Celsius, over a 9 hour period.
Once cooled, colour and polish were applied to the models, taking 7 hours.
This work is my father’s contribution to the cause.
Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology) Murdoch, MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.
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