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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Building small tanks for bugs and fish on: January 19, 2009 01:21:18 AM
I'm looking to fill the space behind my betta rack. I was originally going to opt for growing dwarf plants and mosses, but I decided it would be a bit boring. Instead, I'd rather keep a scorpion, a beetle, a tarantula, possibly frogs or shield shrimps. I need to make four of these tanks.

To save on costs, only one side (the front) needs to be transparent, but All 5 panels of whatever material I may use can be transparent. I have no experience with glass, but I am willing to try. What are some materials I could use to construct these tanks? They will be housing terrestrial (for now) invertebrates that could potentially climb. How hard is it to make a hinged or sliding lid?

Here are some pics of the space behind my bettas (bottom row):



The dimensions are:
18cm x 12cm x 14cm (Width times Depth times Height)
This is the maximum dimensions as it barely even leaves room for me to slip my fingers in to get the container out. (Maybe I will incorporate a tow string or a pull ring into the design)

Basically I need advice on how to contruct 4 glass containers (preferably waterproof, because I may keep killies in the future)

List of things you might want to generously tell me:
1. Suggested materials (glass, arcrylic,
2. How to join the 4 sides and the bottom materials together
3. Should I go for making a lid, or just cover the top?

If I use these containers for terrestrial animals exclusively (with soil), can I use corrugated Polypropylene sheets like these, joined together with silicone and a front panel of glass/acrylic?


Thanks!

An afterthought: is clay or cement safe? I could use it to make 3 sides and a bottom then put a glass pane up front...



2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / HELP! PAINT CREASING! on: April 26, 2008 04:24:45 PM
Hi Craftster!
I painted the fretboard of my guitar with synthetic ethanol paint.
After I clearcoated it, the paint started to crease up...
what can I do?
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / HELP! PAINT CREASING! on: April 26, 2008 04:20:38 PM
Hi Craftster!
I painted the fretboard of my guitar with synthetic ethanol paint.
After I clearcoated it, the paint started to crease up...
what can I do?
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Newspaper-Decopauged guitar / Coin-mosaic guitar on: February 12, 2008 05:14:03 AM
I'm thinking of actually making an electric guitar xD
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about making DIY guitars on: February 12, 2008 05:00:12 AM
Back from vacation.

Thanks again Blue Rose. You are simply AWESOME!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about making DIY guitars on: February 05, 2008 06:24:21 PM
I'll probably start planning after I come back from my vacation next week. I'll try to plan as slowly and carefullly as possible because im not a very patient person,
which is a bad attribute for guitar building xD
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about making DIY guitars on: February 05, 2008 01:50:26 AM
Thanks so much! You gave me some factors to consider which I never even though of before.

Ps. This really helped.

PPS. this really helped alot!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Question about making DIY guitars on: February 03, 2008 11:49:40 PM
Hi, after completing my first guitar project, I'm being stupid enough to start considering an ambitious new project, making my own guitar. I want to make a "piece of trash" themed guitar: if I decide to make it an electric, I will use some kind of plywood for the body and install pickups, switches, vibrato etc and decorate it to look like a begger scavenger made it in the dump. I will use a factory-made headstock and neck.

Can anyone give me major advice or talk me out of it? Thanks xD
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: decopauged guitar [so what if I can't play?!] on: February 03, 2008 07:05:10 PM
Oh, thanks xD

I'm lucky where I live (Hong Kong) where guitars can cost $15 and still not sound bad. I guess I'll be starting more of these projects.

PS. You're even luckier since your dad has so many guitars =)
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Coin-mosaic guitar on: February 03, 2008 07:02:01 PM
The thing about the coins is that the wood shows between the gaps but I don;t have enough coins to double cover it =(

The pics don't do the guitar full justice =(
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