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« on: August 03, 2006 09:29:03 AM »



This is my little fish tank complete with puffer fish, clown fish,....er purple fish which I can't remember the name of, and star fish which is sucking onto the back wall of the aqarium. There is also an orange coral and green plant. The purple fish is swimming up to the little bits of fish food floating in the water.  It's all clay except for the water gel and tank itself. I made each little piece of gravel with clay.
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Edited to add this picture. It's a toothpick leaning against it to show size. The length of the tank is 2 in.
Also the water is the gel that is used in vases of silk flowers. You can buy it at craft stores for about $12 for a bottle (this used about a fourth of the bottle).
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2006 09:33:47 AM »

this is so cool!  I love how you even put the fish food in the water!
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2006 09:38:54 AM »

That is awesome!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2006 09:50:16 AM »

Wow, that's really neat, my kids yelled, FINDING NEMO!!! when they saw it. How big is it?
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2006 09:54:33 AM »

awesome! what is water gel though?
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2006 11:48:48 AM »

 So Cool!!!... but I, too, want to know what is this strange" water gel"  substance, where is it found, what are it's applications?
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2006 12:18:32 PM »

Can we see it with a ruler or a quarter or something so we can see the size?

GREAT job, btw.  Truly the essence of mini cuteness!   I know a Strawberry Shortcake house that it would fit perfectly in!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2006 12:35:06 PM »

Wow, that's amazing!!  I'm with everyone else.  What is that gel?  I've seen clear aloe vera gel before, is that what it is? 

So much work gone into this.  Great job!!
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2006 01:40:14 PM »

way back in the day i had this little fish tank that had this gell stuff that you would put in the water and then a mermaid / fish would float in it - maybe thats wat it is???
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2006 01:46:52 PM »

this is so cool!  I love how you even put the fish food in the water!
awesome way to capture the reef without killing the real one. great job
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2006 02:50:05 PM »

I really love it!! It would be fun to know the size  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2006 03:22:00 PM »

It's two inches long. I have a picture with a toothpick to show size, but it was all blurry. Sad I'll put it in my first post anyways. The Gel is the stuff they put in the vases of fake floral arrangments. You heat it and then it gels as it sets up. You can buy it roberts or any craft store where they sell silk flowers.  Hope this answers your questions. Thanks for the comments.
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« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2006 03:30:09 PM »

Very cute! Cheesy A little Finding Nemo inspiration, perhaps?  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2006 10:36:23 PM »

This must have been so difficult to make. I am impressed--I was impressed even when I thought it was full size, but I'm even more impressed after seeing the toothpick! Great work. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2006 10:39:36 PM »

I'm getting a fishtank soon, so I've had them on my mind a lot lately.  This is great!  I love the urchin!
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« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2006 09:10:52 AM »

That's wonderful!
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« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2006 12:05:57 PM »

Love your tank!  There are so many things that could go inside it too!


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The Gel is the stuff they put in the vases of fake floral arrangments. You heat it and then it gels as it sets up. You can buy it roberts or any craft store where they sell silk flowers.

I'm assuming you're talking about "floral setting resins," though when I was reseaching these, I hadn't been able to find out much about the one-part type which is heated, compared to the two-part ones which are more common (for those, the heating occurs naturally when the two parts are mixed together).

Would you mind telling me the brand name of what you have, and where you got it??


For anyone interested, here are some brand names you'd most commonly see for floral setting resins at craft stores in their flower depts (all 2-part ones though), along with some extra info:

Aristocrat Liquid Illusion Clear Floral Resin (by Aristocrat, by BD Classic)
http://www.bdclassic.com/instructions/Liquid_Illusion.pdf

Acrylic Water (by Le Silk Shoppe) ... found at Walmart, in floral section
http://www.hirstarts.com/tips11/tips11.html#resin

Clear Elegance (by Industrial Polymers, Inc?)
http://www.industrialpolymers.com/clear_elegance.html
http://www.industrialpolymers.com/clear_elegance_popup.pdf

Aqua Clear
http://pages.goodbuygirls.com/326/InventoryPage/1710414/1.html

Solid Water (by Deluxe) .....available  in the UK
http://www.deluxematerials.com/hintstips.html (links to info and projects)

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Everlasting Elegance (Michaels, etc.) ...almost 1 to 1?? ...not sure about this one
http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=fl0010&channelid=

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Although floral setting resins are "epoxy" resins (not polyester resins), they don't cure with a hard surface, but with a softer one so they're usually contained in a permanent vessel rather than being used alone after casting.  They do have a tendency to collect dust on their surfaces, so using a top like this works well!

(more info on using floral setting resins on this page for anyone interested:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm
...click on Softer-Surface Epoxy Resins ... )




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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2006 12:17:45 PM »

I just looked at the box and it's called "Wonder Water". I got mine at roberts. Smiley I did look into getting the resin, but I needed it to set up faster so that positioning the fish would be easier (aka possible Tongue )
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2006 06:26:23 PM »

wonderful! I wanted to make something like this myself, but could NOT figure out what to use for a tank!!!
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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2006 06:44:55 PM »

My tank is a paper punch container. I also looked into those little containers at craft stores. they have them by the beads normally.
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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2006 08:01:36 AM »

I'm changing my response to this craft.

This is shear genius!  You MADE each piece of gravel.  You SCULPTED each aquatic lovely and lovingly placed them inside the ingenious Wonder Water.  You MADE a tiny fish food can with a lovely tiny fish on it.

I referred this craft to a friend with a dollhouse, and then took a second look at it.  It really is great!!!!  When I get a dollhouse, I'm making one!!!!

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« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2006 08:39:08 AM »

 

All too precious!  We (me and the itty bitty maze's momma and the tiny crocheted purple hat's momma) have decided we need to make a 'doctor's office'...with a kids table (maze), art (my Mona Lisa), your fish tank, a book rack with all the mini books, and a nice hat rack with the hats...of course the staff would be the gnomes and fairies, and the patients would be spiders, caterpillers, and mini kittens!  How cute would that be?  Of course, all the other minis would need to play too, I just can't remember them all!

Can we pretty-please see a pic of it in your hand?  That has been my favorite way to see the sizes of all of these!
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All too precious!  We (me and the itty bitty maze's momma and the tiny crocheted purple hat's momma) have decided we need to make a 'doctor's office'...with a kids table (maze), art (my Mona Lisa), your fish tank, a book rack with all the mini books, and a nice hat rack with the hats...of course the staff would be the gnomes and fairies, and the patients would be spiders, caterpillers, and mini kittens!  How cute would that be?  Of course, all the other minis would need to play too, I just can't remember them all!

Can we pretty-please see a pic of it in your hand?  That has been my favorite way to see the sizes of all of these!

 Cheesy That'd be hilarious! I will take a picture of it in my hand next week (can I add it to my post even if the entry date is passed?). I kinda accidently left it at a relatives house by their computer. I'm in the middle of a move and made it while I was up visiting them for a week. Roll Eyes I will for sure get better pictures soon though.

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« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2006 10:50:52 AM »

This is awesome!!

By the way, if you used the movie finding Nemo as inspiration, the purple fish is more than likely the Royal Gramma.  http://www.reefcorner.com/SpecimenSheets/royal_gramma.htm I had these before. They can swim upside down, didya know? Fun stuff! <3 saltwater tanks.
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« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2006 01:05:01 PM »

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it's called "Wonder Water". I got mine at roberts

Thanks for the info!!  I don't know what Roberts is, but I'm assuming it's a craft store?

I still can't quite find out whether these one part, reusable gels are resins or not... but some of the stuff that's said about them sounds like it.  Oh well.

There are similar types that are also one-part but don't require heating... not sure how they differ either, but using one of those might mean that it would be better for using with plastic containers (because there isn't a heat issue... don't know if there are other issues too since one site for WW said to use only with glass).





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that tiny can of fish food on the lid is too cute
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