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FSTP's Formicarium Build Journal **Petri-Form No. 2 update**


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#81 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 3 2018 - 4:05 PM

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Nice! I officially grant you the king of hydrostone, molding, etc. Good luck on future Formicariums.
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#82 Offline FSTP - Posted January 3 2019 - 12:42 PM

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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.

 

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Here you can see the tile molded into the Hydrostone so that it can sit atop the water sponge. 

 

 

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Here it is filed with water, it seems to hold a rather goodly amount.

 

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Edited by FSTP, January 3 2019 - 12:55 PM.

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#83 Offline T.C. - Posted January 3 2019 - 3:21 PM

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Looks good.
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#84 Offline kingz2015 - Posted January 4 2019 - 5:25 PM

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Looks great.
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#85 Offline Leo - Posted January 4 2019 - 5:39 PM

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How did you cut the tile?



#86 Offline FSTP - Posted January 4 2019 - 7:24 PM

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How did you cut the tile?

 

 

I didn't, I had the tile specially made in that size, as well as other sizes I thought I might need.

 

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#87 Online YsTheAnt - Posted January 9 2019 - 9:09 PM

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What do you use to mold the chambers? Inspired by your designs and want to make something of my own haha.

#88 Offline FSTP - Posted January 10 2019 - 10:11 AM

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What do you use to mold the chambers? Inspired by your designs and want to make something of my own haha.

 

 

I use Plastilina modeling clay.


There are videos of my ants here: https://www.youtube....bN5yYK2KWXA0vQ?


#89 Online YsTheAnt - Posted January 10 2019 - 11:17 AM

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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.

#90 Offline Rstheant - Posted January 10 2019 - 3:47 PM

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You need to change FSTP’s Formicarium Build, into FSTP Formicariums Builds! ;)

#91 Offline FSTP - Posted January 10 2019 - 6:40 PM

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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.


There are videos of my ants here: https://www.youtube....bN5yYK2KWXA0vQ?


#92 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 2 2019 - 8:37 AM

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Any new ideas? :lol:

#93 Offline Ants Galore - Posted February 19 2019 - 4:06 PM

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Amazing



#94 Offline Lazarus - Posted May 5 2019 - 6:22 AM

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well the first one didn't come out that nice. I still have to finish the interior with sand and making it appear more natural, burnishing the edges it a bit more. So here it is still naked.

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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.

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