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How to make fake rock, vines amd tree trunks for herp cages?
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snake_freak
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Joined: 24 Nov 2005
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Location: Adelaide, Australia

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:26 am    Post subject: How to make fake rock, vines amd tree trunks for herp cages? Reply with quote

I was just wondering if anyone had any instructions or links to other sites about methods for making decent looking fake rocks, vines, trees and buttress roots other than the "melting polystyrene with thinners and painting it" method?
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RobbieG
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Joined: 06 Jul 2005
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Location: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey,

what I did when I was building (cheap n sturdy) zoo enclosure landscapes/features was to make a frame with steel into the shape I wanted (the thickness of frame metal varies with size of feature going from thin wire right up to building an actual scaffold).
Then covered it with quick drying plaster or concrete and,if required, then glued on artificial grass (for hills n artificial stream/pond sides) and then covered with waterproof sealer.
It all depends on what you want and the size of the enclosure/terrarium... also for small features you can do the same procedure as above but cover the frame mold with resin or fibre glass (as an alternative to plaster or concerete) to have a light-weight but strong feature (but fibre glass is kinda expensive n very stinky Very Happy )
its similar to creating an object out of paper machet (my french spelling isnt good ).

Yor limited only by your imagination really...oh and of course money Twisted Evil

sorry if im confusing im just home from workin the nite shift n my brain is like custard

Rob
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Squamata
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Joined: 27 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a great site that I have found useful many times:
http://www.blackjungle.com/gallery/talltank/page1.html
Hope it helps you as well. Cheers!
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RobbieG
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude you win, Very Happy LoL

the blackjungle website is great...didnt know he was basing it on 'european'
terrarium design....will look into that

thanks for sharing,


Rob
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Squamata
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there something special about "European Terrarium design"?? I didn't know it was any different from the rest of the world... Smile
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Snakeskin
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Joined: 07 Dec 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squamata wrote:
Is there something special about "European Terrarium design"?? I didn't know it was any different from the rest of the world... Smile


Well...

It seems the european folks tend to make their enclosures as realistic as possible...
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Squamata
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm I suppose that might be true. Newspapers or woodchippings for substrate, for example, never appealed to me...

Here's another lonkfor inspiration:
http://www.wildsky.net/vivarium/evivariu.htm

A lot of images, so it might take some time to load.
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Dick Visser
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Joined: 29 Mar 2004
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Location: Zaandam Holland

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He snake freak.

Maibe it is not so interesting for you but there is a Dutch venomous snake side where I show how to make real looking fake rocks in words and pictures. Of course you can not understand the words (I think....) but you can have a look at the pictures maibe you wil get some idea's. The whole thing is not finishet yet but will be at the end of the comming week. I do use polysteryne but not the tinner....If there are any questions please let me know....

http://www.gifslangen.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=1497

Greetings,

Dick Visser.
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captive herps
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2006 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice Dick !
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Venomdoc
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A maestro at work Cool
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