Originally Posted by edmorel
You can probably get a great deal on tortoise shell at the Galapagos. Actually, maybe I'll start a business over there, hunt your own and I'll have artisans right there turn your shells into whatever you want.
Tortoise-shell is a misnomer; the stuff is actually made from the shell of a hawksbill turtle, which resides mostly in tropical-like places such as Cuba, and also Vietnam, etc. If you start a business over there, just be careful of getting arrested--Don't drop the soap!--as technically post-1976(?) shell items are illegal internationally due to CITES restrictions.
Originally Posted by RJman
BTW, LK, FYI ABP can make things out of seal.
Originally Posted by Tomasso
Just this afternoon I was perusing a collection of vintage NOS tortoise shell glasses at Art Deco Weekend in Miami Beach.
Originally Posted by kolecho
Are tortoise shell frames brittle?
They're not very. It resembles a rather pliable plastic; it's composed of keratin, I think, so it's easily repaired if it breaks. When heated, it bends easily into whatever shape.