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DIY lava rock lol

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Section' started by BigAL777, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    So I was looking a few aquascapes with one of a kind, unique shaped stones as focal points. So I thought, I bet I could make the perfect stone. I have a background in sculpture and it's been awhile since I've been able to stretch that muscle. So I started small and wanted to start off easy, so I did a unique shaped lava rock. I wanted to be able to attach moss to it, so I made little pockets for something like moss to be applied thicker. It will take a lot of sculpey so I coated a couple of stones I had laying around. Here's various stages of sculpting:
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    Finished, prebaking (with an actual lava rock next to it):
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    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Added more to the faux lava rock.
    Prebaked and before major 'hole-ing':
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    After baked and roughed out a little:
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    Wow! looks very real.
     
  4. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Here it is in my tank:
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    ShadowMac Moderator Staff Member

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    I would have never guessed it wasn't real

    sent from tapatalk on my phone so auto correct and other errors are bound to happen
     
  6. BigAL777

    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks, I plan to do a larger one at some point, and enlarge the entire scape.
    I will at some point try to make my own seriyu stone. It would be quite a bit more difficult to do and would have to be done in pieces, but I could really make a unique centerpiece for a scape.
     
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    BigAL777 Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Thanks! I actually made a couple more since the last one. I noticed that the stone wasn't pure black, some had brown bits in it, and some had white/gray. I made one with a hole in it so I could put anubias Nana inside and hide the extra strong roots:
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    BigAL

    Very well done any imperfections would gradually disappear as the tank aged.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    GaiaQuascape

    Thank you for posting that information.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    What type of clay did you use? How does the price compare to real stone?
     

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