In my last entry, I mentioned that there was an attempt at adding light to the frog piece, but that it didn’t quite look right. So I set aside those LED lights, and they came into play in today’s entry.
About the time of this piece (around mid-April), I had made a few standing sculptural works, and decided that a turtle was in order. So I scrounged the necessary parts, which included chair leg bits, a metal light cover for the shell, an electrical service cap for the top of the head, and a fire bellows for the main body and tail.
They all seemed to get along well enough, so didn’t waste any time, and tested out the lighting. Like many of my previous works, this one uses an 1 foot long LED strip that can change color by remote control.
Next wanted this fellow to see where he was going so tried out some eyes. Wasn’t crazy about how this eye demo turned out.
The next attempt seemed to be a much better fit:
Next. I wanted to figure out how to attach the head to the body. In the photo below, the “spacer” piece is shown that helps keep the turtle’s mouth open. It would be connected to the lower part via a very long bolt that goes from the top of the space to the bottom of the lower jaw. The electrical service cap, that serves as the upper head, would rest on the spacer, and be connected by another long bolt through lower jaw as well. You could almost call him a Frankenturtle!
The final task for this illuminated tortoise was how to allow for lighting that could be replaced. Normally I would have bolted down the shell, but as the lighting is inside, it wouldn’t be that easy. So my solution to this was to add a hinge to the back of the shell that could be opened and closed to allow the lights to be swapped out when needed.
The turtle was finally complete, and it was time to come up with a name. Considering what he is made from, “Mr Bellows” seemed just right.
Mr Bellows stands 8 inches tall and 18 inches long. He is lit using a strip of LED lights and is available for adoption. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Below are some final shots of our turtle protagonist.