Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
I don't have a work-in-progress photo diary with these. I will next time I make one. If you look closely at the eft's texture, you'll see fingerprints in the clay. I didn't try to remove them, as the land stage of this newt is kinda pebbly.
The "clay" is a poly resin, playdoh-like as it warms in the hands. Then I bake them in the oven on a glass pyrex pie pan for about 15 mins. (There are directions on box) I didn't use any wires or anything. Just sunk in the clay "eyes" (lil round balls), after I made eye holes. This clay doesn't shrink, so any delicate extremities, like leg attachments get super glued on after they cool. Paint with acrylics, then use a good indoor/outdoor brush on sealer.
Somewheres I have pics of salamanders, frogs, and plants I painted on river rocks that have a 3D effect. The truly lazy terrarium. Don't even need to mist it. People see it and ask if a critter escaped.
I'll see if I can find them and post...