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Habitat Tutorial (pics uploaded)

Discussion in 'Habitat and Exhibit' started by Schmitty, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Schmitty

    Schmitty New Member

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    Bobbi asked for some different tutorials, and I have been asked by others about my technique. Here is one of the ways I make habitats. This one is for fish, but can be switched up with different dirts for whatever you want. If someone has different twists on it, I am open to opinions.
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    First I cut out a piece of plywood to the shape and size I want.
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    Next I glue carving foam to the plywood and rasp and file it down the way I want it. Here I also put in indentations for some larger rocks I am adding. I use scrap carving foam from fish for this, but this time I had leftover larger pieces so it isn't pieced together. If there are any gaps I fill it with bondo.
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    I then coat with fiberglass resin to seal the foam. I have heard of people using elmers glue but I have never tried that.
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    I then usual hit it with tan paint since I am going to be putting sand on this so if the foam does show through it will blend in. I also apoxied my larger rocks down and added my drift wood.
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    I now cover with elmers glue and start by sprinkling some larger pebbles over the base.
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    Then I cover with the fine sand, press it down a bit and let it sit at least over night.
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    When dry I dump off the loose sand, brush with a paint brush to remove any other loose sand. Since this is for fish I like to hit it with gloss. This is my preference, but like I said if you were doing a different dirt scene you could just leave it with black dirt and whatever else you want to add.

    Hope this is helpful to someone.
     
  2. Critter

    Critter New Member

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    Thanks for putting that together, very useful, and it looks great!! ;)
     

  3. thatguyonline

    thatguyonline winnie the pooh

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    Re: Habitat Tutorial

    I want to thank everybody who do tuts to help us noobies!
     
  4. buckjunkie

    buckjunkie New Member

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    I have never used resin, does it make a hard coating on the foam?
     
  5. Schmitty

    Schmitty New Member

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    Re: Habitat Tutorial

    yes the resin gives the foam a hard shell. If you want to add plant matierial, just poke a hole and hot glue in.
     
  6. LionHeart

    LionHeart New Member

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    Schmitty,

    I like it a lot, simple and very nice finished product, thanks for sharing 8).
     
  7. Wildside

    Wildside Active Member

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    Photos say "Image has been moved or deleted" from photobucket. Is this just me?
     
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    I can't see the pictures either.
     
  9. thatguyonline

    thatguyonline winnie the pooh

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    He del them like yesterday. You missed the tut. sorry
     
  10. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

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    LOL, what a waste of time then... ;D ;D ;D
     
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    What a rip.
     
  12. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

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    Probably looked like crap anyway...
     
  13. thatguyonline

    thatguyonline winnie the pooh

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    Y do u say that?

    It was really good!
     
  14. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

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    It was a joke, I obviously have no idea what it looked like.
     
  15. Schmitty

    Schmitty New Member

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    Hey guys, My bad. I was on photobucket and deleted the pics of the tutorial off of there. I didn't realize they had to stay on that website to be viewed here. By the way Cole, thanks for the vote of confidence.
     
  16. Schmitty

    Schmitty New Member

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    I will go back through my camera and other computer and see if I have the pics on there yet. Otherwise I am going to be putting another one together soon and will retake the pics and repost. Sorry again for the mistake
     
  17. Wildside

    Wildside Active Member

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    COOL!

    Thanks for your efforts.
     
  18. Cole

    Cole Amateur Taxidermist

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    No problem. ;)
     
  19. thatguyonline

    thatguyonline winnie the pooh

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    We're all happy again!
     
  20. noobietaxi

    noobietaxi Nothing like the CRACK of a .22!!!!

    could you use great stuff foam for the shape? and file it down?

    and spray anhasive (spelling) instead of glue?