DIY cave

  1. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    So for about 3 hours today I shaped my first DIY cave with clay.
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    I had way more pics but the 8 hours I spent last night making the cave was all for not. Woke up and it caved in. The pic above has way less detail work than what I just put in the over. 30 minutes and hopefully it doesn't crack.


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  2. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    Finished baking. Turned out okay for my first time using clay since 1st grade at art school lol.


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  3. Adam55 Well Known Member Member

    It looks good!
     
  4. delta5 Well Known Member Member

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    Thank you.


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  5. Kindafishy Well Known Member Member

    That's very cool. Will baked clay stand up to an aquarium? Are you going to paint it or cover it with some other aquarium-friendly coating?
     
  6. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    I think I'm going to give it a single coat of green/tanish. I may try to use the green to make the edgy rock parts stand out more.

    Yes, I used sculpey 3, and it is aquarium safe. The only reason it is not food or drink safe is because of how pourius it is and promotes bacteria which is a plus for an aquarium. I hope in the future I can use the clay for terra cotta pots as this cAve costed me 17.50 in clay.


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  7. NCE12940 Well Known Member Member

    Looks great! Good job and very creative :D
     
  8. frogfan Well Known Member Member

    Where did u get the clay?

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  9. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    Hobby Lobby.
     
  10. frogfan Well Known Member Member

    Amazon had a 30 piece sampler 30 1oz pieces for 19or something single 2oz bars u found online for about $1 per oz

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  11. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    As far as I am aware, the stuff on Amazon could be very old and so old that its not the same formula as current. I bought a new matx board and it turned out to be a rev 1 which was released like 6 years ago and rev 2 came out the following year. I may try Amazon, but I am wary of the freshness.
     
  12. frogfan Well Known Member Member

    That could be just as true for store bought clay tho u dont know how long it was sitting in a wear house

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  13. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    [update]

    2 layers of color. First Kelly green, then a second Kelly green mixed with some coffee color.

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  14. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    Another coat still wet, but way more coffee color.

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  15. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    [update]

    Roughly 48hrs and the paint is still curing. Hopefully it'll be ready to go in the tank by weeks end.
     
  16. Archie1208 Member Member

    That looks terrific!!! I think some attached mosses could be really nice on it


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  17. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    I have thought about doing that.
     
  18. dakota Member Member

    Good looking project. Congrads
     
  19. petaddiction Well Known Member Member

    Wow that looks great! makes me really want to go get some clay and get to work. :;ufo
     
  20. delta5 Well Known Member Member

    Try to get the color clay you want the cave to be. I am going to need to re-paint the cave as I didn't let the paint cure long enough.