A terra cotta saucer can be used to create a turtle that can in turn be used to bring attention to the plight of animals caught in the oil spill. PAUL TOPLE

You would have to be a very cold-hearted person not to feel compassion for the marine animals and birds suffering in the Gulf of Mexico.

Their habitat continues to be contaminated by oil spilling from the debris of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig as it has for almost three months, fouling the waters of the animals' homes and breeding grounds.

To bring attention to the plight of the wildlife suffering and dying as a result of the BP oil spill, I made a sea turtle with a terra-cotta flowerpot saucer.

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1 3-inch terra-cotta plant saucer

1 3-inch wood disc

White craft glue

3 2-inch wood teardrop shapes

2 2-inch wood oval shapes

1 1/2-inch teardrop shape

Acrylic paints in various shades of green, brown, yellow, and black paint

Sea sponge

2 tiny wiggle eyes


Paint the three large teardrops and the ovals brown, the small teardrop green and the disc yellow. Let dry.

Paint the bottom of the saucer dark green and paint the rim black. Set aside.

When dry, use the sponge to dab various colors of yellow, brown and green on the saucer.

With brown paint draw geometric patterns on the disc. Glue it to the underside of the saucer.

Glue the two ovals to either side of the disc for front legs and one large teardrop to the center for a head. Glue the remaining large teardrops to the rear on either side for back legs.

Glue the small teardrop opposite the head and between the back legs for a tail.

Glue the wiggle eyes to the top of the head of the turtle.



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