FSTP's Formicarium Build Journal **Petri-Form No. 2 update**
Offline - Posted January 3 2019 - 12:42 PM
I had some unglazed bisque ceramic tiles made so I can use them as a means of hydration in any of my formicarium builds.
Here is my first prototype using these tiles. The tile is isolated from the hydrostone using an epoxy around the perimeter so that the ceramic tile does not come in contact with the hydrostone.
The Hydrostone mold sits atop the petridish which is then utilized as a water reservoir.
Here you can see the tile molded into the Hydrostone so that it can sit atop the water sponge.
Here it is filed with water, it seems to hold a rather goodly amount.
Edited by FSTP, January 3 2019 - 12:55 PM.
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Offline - Posted January 4 2019 - 5:25 PM
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Offline - Posted January 4 2019 - 5:39 PM
How did you cut the tile?
Online - Posted January 9 2019 - 9:09 PM
Online - Posted January 10 2019 - 11:17 AM
Offline - Posted January 10 2019 - 6:40 PM
Oh okay. What’s the best way to get it out of the formicarium or prevent it from sticking? Mine always took hours to clean out.
there's two ways that I use. If the shape is rather complex I'll coat the mold in vegetable oil just the lightest poosble coat. If the shap is relatively simple I won't use anything. But then I'll let the hydrostome sit for a few days since it shrinks slightly once cured and then it will mak pulling the clay away much easier. Also it helps if its not to warm that way the clay will pull out in one pice and not break apart.
Offline - Posted February 19 2019 - 4:06 PM
Offline - Posted May 5 2019 - 6:22 AM
I'm still not quite sure how you molded this. What did you use as a "cavity filler" to get that shape? Sculpting clay? Plasticine? Do you cover those with olive oil and then just carve it out when dry? I've made many 'Crystal' style formicariums but I'm not sure ithat would work here. I really want to make one with the THA stalagmites/stalactites.
Edited by Lazarus, May 5 2019 - 6:24 AM.
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