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Leopard Gecko Hide! by Artsywolven Leopard Gecko Hide! by Artsywolven
Alrighty.. so I'm getting my leopard gecko shipped to me on Tuesday! (: TERRIBLY EXCITED!! In the meantime, I've been busy using freetime to make my own set of hides! This is the "warm" hide, I'm also working on the moist hide and a cool hide, but those are still in construction phases.. I'll replace/add in those when they're completed, but for now all I need is the warm hide and the moist/cool hide for when he gets here. (: Keep in mind this is my first go at something like this (and I don't have my leo in hand, so I have no idea what his size actually is), so don't judge too hard, please!! I know there's a million mistakes and parts of it don't look that fantastic, but for a first go it's not too bad! (:

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Ended up buying those huuuge 8 foot, 2 inch thick sheets of pink insulation foam from Home Depot, and had them cut it down to something closer to 3 x 2 foot pieces instead. Made patterns, cut them out, shaped them a bit using a butter knife), and glued them together for a double deck hide (gives me more vertical space for hides). This stuff is nice since it doesn't pill off like styrofoam, and layering it was much faster because it's 2" thick. (: After things were mostly shaped, I'd sand it down a bit and then add super sculpy details, using a hair dryer for quick setting. And then paint! The rocks look okay, but the tree needs so much help hahaha.. ah well, not bad for a first go! (: Especially after being so rusty at sculpting and painting!

The flash was used in the painted image, so it sort of washes things out and makes the black super shiny (the substrate I'm using is black, so the base of this is tipped in black to blend it in), so it looks much better in person!

Either way, not bad for a first go! (: I think I've decided that I'd like to make something a bit more stylized, but I'm waiting for the little guy to get here so I can determine what color/scheme would really make him pop!

It's definitely kept me busy, and it's nice to have a side project that gets me off the computer! Looking forward to planning out another set to make! (:

If anyone has any experience/tips/tricks for making these and would like to share, please feel free!! I'm all up for hearing/seeing everyone's custom hides!! :D
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Sharkfu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should sell these, I'd buy some for my reptiles!
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SnowPain Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how cool cave! :---) my geckos would also like a cave like that.....now you have made me to think of a renovation of their terrarium! :lol:
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MottoMadness Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool! :D
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! (: Hopefully the other ones will turn out nifty, too! < 3 Very excited to see things comin' together!
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hazelrah7 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, you made that! :o it's amazing! < 33
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! < 3 Hopefully the other ones will turn out good, too! (:
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hazelrah7 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, i'm sure < 3
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nyllyn Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic hide! Your gecko's gonna love it. :) That pink foam is pretty damn neat, and having worked with it before, may I suggest looking into a 'hot wire' foam cutter (it's exactly what you think!). Handheld ones can go for about $30+, though you'll sacrifice a bit of the stability that the larger floor-dwelling ones offer at around $100. It makes carving through the pink foam a zillion-times easier and would open up some extra options when it comes to fine-detail work and stylization. I keep telling a friend of mine that uses the pink foam to make wax sculptures that he needs a hot wire - right now he cuts out the shape he wants with a scroll saw and it seems to make the edges of his work sorta lumpy. D:

Talk of awesome pets reminds me that I don't have my pie-bald snake yet. :( SOON, MY DARLING~! </3
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It really is the niftiest stuff! Thank you for the suggestion! I'll have to go look into that, the butter knife I used with this felt unbelievably limited - would definitely be up for something that would make stylizing, details, and customization ten times easier! Ouch!! A scroll saw?? D: How large does he go with his figures?

Awww! Piebald python? o: Really love those, there were a handful of them over at the atlanta repticon a few weekends go!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!
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naida4 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing! this is one lucky gecko c;
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hahah aww, < 333 Hopefully he doesn't hate it! (: Can't wait to get some of the other stuff up and running - the moist hide box has a set of stairs to the top of it that connect to the stairs here! :D So he can cliiimb if he wants to. < 333 Who knows if he'd use it or not, but it's there! :D Just need to finish itttt! ;0;
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naida4 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwwh that's adorablee! you should get a video of him climbing if he does! c:
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
LOL, I'll see if I can catch him climbing.. usually it's very slow, though. He ended up on top of it after he crammed himself behind it (that's what I saw), so I was sort of confused when I came back over and he was magically on top of it lmao. xD I have a pic, though, so maybe I'll upload it! < 3
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naida4 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha like a 5 hour video of a gecko climbing lo
hahaha that's so adorablee ;u;
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
LOL god I hope not, I'd just have to be sneaky about it. < 3;; If he sees me staring at him he'll sort of freeze up or go into his flight mode and stop whatever he's doing to get to a hide. XD I'll see if I can catch him doing it again, though, it was cuuuuteee - I'll upload that pic in a few minutes to show you! :D
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naida4 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwh xD that sounds so funny xD you should totally do an animation of him some day c:
yay! 8D you're so making me want a gecko.. if i didn't want a cat so much more |D gecko would be second. c:
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hahaha that'd be awesome, so many S curves and overlappp. :3

Hahah they're cute n fun and low maintenance and inexpensive! (: All very important to me at the moment, and for later down the road - I'd really love a bengal kitten, but da gecko is much more realistic for me, especially since I'll have Casey down here in a few months.. and he's a real money pit, as much as I love him hahaa. Go get a kitty and then we can share all the new pet pics! :D < 3
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Bahaha, here we go - kinda blurry, but yea, he spent a lot of last night up on here sleeping. < 333

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Chargay Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
how do you get it so smooth
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha it was sanded before I put the sculpy on! The sculpy is pretty smooth itself, too (and works well for patching up rougher spots on the foam)! The insulation foam is nice, too, since you can keep it pretty smooth even when you carve into it. (:
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Chargay Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
ok thanks ^^ i have been thinking of doing more craft things so i might use some foam and my dad is an indulator so i bet he can get me some
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oh nice! This stuff is great to work with for probably just about anything! (: It's that typical pink panther insulation foam you can get in huge sheets! Be careful if you do though, it's so easy to slip up and accidentally cut yourself (though with a butter knife I couldn't do any real damage, which was super nice.. still hurts though haha)!
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packmentality Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always wanted to make my own hides but I never have the time to do it xD
Instead of meal worms use super worms. Softer bodies so they can digest it better. Pheonix worms are good for them too. (It's a newer item to use so you may have to order it online unless you have some reptile shops near you.) Oh and wax worms c: Only give them to them as treats since it's like candy for reptiles but mine go crazy for them. My geckos and chameleon just go insane when I put them in their dishes xD
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha these pieces were incredibly time consuming!! This one wasn't too bad, but the other two hides I have have lids on them. The moist hide in particular was a pain since I needed to fit the tupperware box in it, plus make a lid on it that was large enough to be able to pop the box out and replace it. /: Incredibly time consuming, but with a better knife it might be faster.

I'd love to switch to super worms, but I'm not sure if my little guy will be big enough yet to eat them easily..? He's 5 months old, so my best guess is he'll be somewhere between 4 to 5 inches long. How big do they need to be before they can easily go after super worms..?

Thank you for the tip, I'll have to look into Pheonix worms! I think we only have Petsmart and Petco here, but maybe I'll luck out and find some? :D I'm honestly good with anything but crickets. (:

LOL I'm so excited to try wax worms!! Are they good to use when you first get them and are working on getting them used to your hand and being handled so long as they're used in moderation? :D
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packmentality Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet! :) I love the ones with the pop-off tops though, Makes it easier to take a look at them when they've been camped out in a hide all day without disputing them too much. I know some people who have made whole levels that are removable xD
It looks wicked but I just can't get over how long it takes to make them. I always tell myself... "One of these days" haha

Like meal worms they come in different sizes :) So you can get them at an apporiate size for your gecko. Meal worms really aren't that bad for them. We use them all the time at the zoo since it's cheaper but super's are just easier to digest lol There's people who will tell you that meal worms will eat their way out of the stomach's of critters... Some people just don't like them so they like to scare people off of them xD You'll find that a lot the more you get into the reptile community. If someone doesn't like something or someone they will have the most ridiculous stories.

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I know my petsmarts/petcos refuse to carry them so just in case lol They're really cheap though excellent source of calicum and low in fat c: They're great for picky eaters which is great for reptiles in new homes since sometimes shipping can really bother them for a bit. (My chameleon refused to eat for weeks and I finally got him with the wax worms xD He loves his "candy" lol)

Crickets are disgusting lol I hate the smell :P I'd rather deal with roaches then have to handle crickets but it's just so easy to get them and toss a few dozen in a cage... Which is fun to watch them hunt and stalk them around the cages! I really should tape some of my critters eating xD I have five creasties that just go bat crazy over their insects and it's exciting to see them get so excited.

Wax worms are wonderful to use when you first get them! Mine never turn down a wax worm so they come in handy a lot of the time. But definitely use in moderation. Sometimes if you feed them to them too often they'll refuse to eat anything else but them lol I've had my chameleon boycott his food because I stopped offering him wax worms for awhile xD Was too hot to get them out here so he didn't get any all summer thankfully he loves anoles just as much as he loves them.
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hahah worth working on, though!! It's a nice little side project to have sitting there that you can sort of work on as you feel like. (:

Hahah oh geez!! Bought a dish of the small supers and some of the waxies - and then went and double checked how to keep them in their bowls.. and got the chance to see some of those wicked awful stories. D: Figure I'll ask, but do you know of any ways to keep them in their bowls so they don't escape (not fond of the idea of just putting them in a dish and leaving them, though, so I might go the tongs route feeding one by one), and do you pinch off their heads before you feed them just to be on the safe side..?

Eugh, crickets really are gross. I can't deal with the possibility of my gecko ingesting the sand substrate, too.. think I'll just stay away from those in general hahaha. It's a shame you can't just pick up one or two for that now and again sort of hunting treat. (: Really don't want a pack of 50 or something chillin around LOL

Yay! I have my waxies all ready to go! Do you gut load them or put a carrot or anything in the container at all before you use them? Or just to keep them alive until you're ready to use them? (:

All of the questions!! :D Really can't wait to use them! But now I'm all creeped out by the supers - originally I was going to just put them in a dish.. and originally I was just going to pick them up with my fingers and plop them in.. but the more I look into it the more I don't really want to be bitten by one or give one to a gecko with those mandibles intact. @__@ And I reaaaally don't want one escaping and burrowing into the sand. D:

..on a side note, that's hilarious that your chameleon boycotted food for the sake of wax worms. XDDD I didn't realize they could distinguish different types of worms like that! :D
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packmentality Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think once I can sex all of my crested geckos I may just build some for their new enclosure c: (All of mine are kept in vivarium because I like the idea of keeping live plants with them lol It's the only time I will ever have a green thumb. Also helps with moisture levels!) Since I'll have a lot more room to place things. Plus I can finally get around to sticking all of their cork round halves up on the side so I can watch them crawling around in it xD

I knew you'd find them xD I've owned reptiles for my whole life all 21/22 years (started with a box turtle named Valeria whom I still have :P) and I've owned lizards/geckos/snakes for the last 6/7 years. I've never pinched off their heads lol Tong feeding can be rewarding but I have a couple who refuse to eat from the tongs. They do make specialized dishes that are suppose to keep the worms from crawling out but herpers are known for coming up with different ideas and the best thing you can do is go to the dollar store and get the clear glass candle cups. A lot of my friends use them and they've never had any escapee's. Wax worms are the only thing I will pick up with my hands... Well or horn worms lol Supers and meals won't usually bite but when they do it's not that it hurts it just stings for a bit. And it's a bug xD It bothers me endlessly lol I'd rather be bit by one of my reptiles any day verses a bug.

lol I wouldn't worry about impaction. They have to ingest a LARGE amount of sand or substrate for it to be an issue. So when you feed mostly in a dish, throwing in some crickets for them to hunt won't hurt.
I work with hundreds of lizards, geckos, monitors, snakes, etc at the zoo and we still offer them food both in and out of the dish. It's natural more so for desert dwellers like leo's to ingest sand small amounts won't hurt. It's more of if their ingesting tons of it at a time when you need to worry.

I usually toss in a carrot, potato, apple, or orange in with the container. I usually will add some of Repashy's gutload to the container or sprinkle the food item I give them just in case but it's been on back order in my stores out here so I have to either ship it or wait till the reptile show in November to get some :P Ooooo you should definitely look up Reptile shows in your area! I took Fendi to her first one this year they're loads of fun and it's a great way to see whats out there! We're even picking up a male leo at the next show to breed with her beautiful gals. (We're hoping to get a Suntan/Sunburn (guy changes the name every show lol) to name SPF lol

Feel free to ask away! :) I love answering questions and if I don't know the answer I will hunt it down for you.

Oh it was great! I never knew they would do it so I didn't mind spoiling him xD When you get your gecko in you'll find out quickly by his feeding response what bugs he likes more. Mine go nuts for certain critters in their dishes and are kind of like "blegh I guess I can eat this" for others.
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hahah jealous!! I really wanted to go with a crested!! But for the moment I love the idea of having a buddy that won't try to hop away on me, plus we tend to travel quite a bit, so something with easier maintenance was a plus - definitely really, really, really love the crested's though. Are they as soft as everyone says they are?? < 333 Love the vivariums, too!! So much.. greener! (: If you ever make anything for them please take pictures!!!

Hm alrighty, thank you for the info!! .. Suppose I'll just dabble around with different methods until something really works well, then. (: Hopefully he's not a crazy picky eater! How deep would you go for the dish..? I picked up a few dishes that are glazed from Petco - heard somewhere that something with a glaze should work well so they can't climb up, and then read earlier that you need something taller than them so they can't pile up and escape..? I think these dishes are about an inch to an inch and a half deep.. definitely not tall enough. LOL.. crazy!! I can see why people go with the crickets!! If these dishes don't work (..guessing that they won't, looking at some of the larger/longer worms I have.. had no idea they were this long!) I'll go hunting out at the dollar store! Glass is always a good bet! (:

True story about rather being bitten by a lizard than a bug.. bugs just weird me out. D: I'll keep an eye out on how much sand he might ingest, especially if he drags a worm out of his dish to eat it.. the sand I have is that reptisand stuff - it seemed relatively fine, but I feel like there's finer stuff out there.

Ahhh reptile shows!! We had Repticon here a few weeks ago! Wicked fun, so many different morphs!! It's crazy how popular the ball pythons and bearded dragons are - and all the Tegu's were sold out. .___o So awesome, though! It was definitely a cool place to go look around at! I don't think I've heard of the Suntan/sunburns? o: All the leo's were great!! Had I not had mine on hold at that point I'd have gone for a bold snow/tug snow baby I saw! (: So many cool morphs, was super nifty to see everything in person after only seeing pictures online!

Can't waittt~! Currently waiting on my tracking info that the breeder said I'd get at some point today! Should have him by 10am tomorrow morning! (: EXCITED. :D Little bummed since I couldn't get his other hide boxes finished in time, so his terrarium's looking a little naked, but will be happy to have him here after weeks and weeks of waiting. (:

Also! Very jealous that you work with reptiles at the zoo! (: Always thought getting into that would be so much fun (and so rewarding!), looking back I love animation, and I love what I'm doing, but I think I'd honestly love working with animals much more.. c'est la vie! What kind of reptiles do you get to work with?? :D
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packmentality Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Crested are great but definitely not good for beginners lol Only one of my five has clamed down enough to just sit and relax when you take him out. The others all go flying in different directions at the same time xD Usually really easy to catch but every once in a blue moon I have to use a laser pointer to get them to come out if they hide a hiding place before I can catch them again.
I just wish their tails grew back like leo's did :/ Frog butts are cute but they have the neatest tails. (They have little sticky pads at the end of them.)

My first trio was great though. I lucked out and got some really clam ones xD These guys are just crazy though. Oh they're softer then everyone says! It's like a really fine velvet when you touch them.
Vivariums are great :) Plus in apartments I can get away with telling them that it's just plants lol I will definitely take photos!

I usually do an inch to and inch and half on depth. Usually anything deeper then that and they can't reach it. Sometimes you can cheat though and if you sprinkle some gutload or calicum in the bottom of the dish they'll be too focused on trying to eat it to try and climb out.

Reptisand isn't bad. We use it at the Zoo :) There is some finer sands but it's a pain trying to find them lol Honestly now that I think about it lots of reptile things are a pain to find xD A lot of it is only avaible online now a days lol

I always exciting to see all the different morphs sprawled out on a table o.o I'm always shocked to see what new and exciting things they've made. xD Glad AZ isn't the only place that is ball python/beardie swamped. It's like every table has some out here.

Just keep an eye out for the truck! Sometimes they can be rough putting down the boxes when they leave it so I like to try and intercept them at the door. I purchased a leo for a friend for his birthday and the FEdex guy just dropped it on the proach and the leo ended up dropping it's tail. Out of the ones I've had shipped to me though I only ever had one issue and that was they delievered it to someones house down and around the corner LOL I ran around like a mad man from door to door looking for the box with Fedex on the phone screaming at the women xD

It's rewarding but the pay sucks xD Any career with animals is like that. You basicly take it because you love it not because you can make a solid living so be glad you chose animation! lol
Lets see xD I get to work with a wide varitied of boas, pythons and frogs. As well as monitors, crocs, alligators, lizards, geckos, iquanas... Oh they are the snapping turtles! Haha xD I have a chameleon I get to work with although just convinced them to pick up another. Tegu, turtles xD So many that I can't think of all of them.

I also get to work with some small mammals like squirrels and betongs. I had a lemur but she got moved out to the lemur island since her valley fever cleared up c: I have some birds I work with and vampire bats xD Lots of little critters.
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hahhhh oh man, finally got my gecko! FedEx decided they didn't want to enter the gate in my apartment complex, so I had to have him held at the facility to pick up yesterday evening. He's good, though, so hopefully they handled him gently all day! So bright n pretty social for a new guy! (: He doesn't mind poking his head out of the one hide and watching everyone, likes to explore and climb on top of everything n such. (: This morning I put my hand in the tank and he wandered out around - ignored my hand, but I'm happy that he didn't mind wandering around with it next to him. (: Can't get him interested in food, though.. even the waxies. D: The breeder said he'd only been fed mealworms up until this point, so I might have to get some of those and see how that works. ): After you get one delivered how long does it usually take for them to be hungry enough to be interested? D: I'm sure some of it's stress, I haven't even had him for 24 hours, but.. ):

Aaahahah Crested's like laser pointers?? xD The more you knowww~! That's brilliant haha (:

True story on seeing all the morphs out on the tables! So manyyy. And yeaaa, most of the tables I swear were ball pythons, and then all the tanks had oodles of bearded dragons. So many, but I like looking at the pythons the most! (: One of the chicks there had her tegu on a leash, it was too adorable haha. xD

LOL you'd be surprised how unstable animation is! Unless you're really high up it's difficult to keep from going on hiatus for a few months at a time or being laid off when a project is completed. After a few years of being in the field and having jobs it seems like after enough experience you can bop around from studio to studio, but it's difficult to get started, and depending on where you live it could be even more difficult - we only have two or three studios here in Atlanta. Pay's okay, decent for just starting out - people are finally starting to realize that if you keep your employees happy they do much better work, so it's starting to pay a bit more, thank goodness, but there's a lot of times where we're just flat out taken advantage of. ): But the animal route of things always seemed just so rewarding and enjoyable in nearly any aspect! And the people around you are equally as passionate about it - there's something to be said for that! < 3 I'm surprised it doesn't pay better, though? ): It's tough job. /:

Geez! You get to work with aaaall the reptiles! And all the animals! o__o That's a crazy list, but that sounds awesome! (: Is that all in one day or do they usually sort of switch you around from day to day? You need a red paaanda! :D
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Zhenious Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it gurl! :B i knew you would make some creative thing when you told me about this. majorly jealous of those mad skillz of yours!
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
M'aww thank you! Hahah idk about mad skillz, but it works for now! (: Really can't wait to get him in hand so I can start designing something that makes him pop, but has a more stylized feel to it. :D Naturalistic is fun, but stylized is way cooler. So much harder to actually sculpt, though!! xD
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thesilvermist Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I hope you enjoy your new pet adn that it enjoys your shelters for it ^^
I'd looked into making rock wall/caves/hiding spots for an aquarium build but reading up found they tend to break down over a few years and can effect PH of the water so ended up scrapping the idea.
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Aw thank you! < 333 I hope so, too!!

Oh that'd be cool! :D Is there any chance of casting them in resin..? Wonder what sort of material and seal they use for the accessories sold in stores. Either way, it's cool that you were considering trying it! Definitely a challenge to make something that will hold up underwater for extended periods of time! < 3

Could really use something like that, my fish is in a tank that's too small for the large accessories, and the ones that do fit don't have large enough hiding spots. A custom one would be perfect! D:
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thesilvermist Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I'd looked into the two most popular methods of do-it-yourself which use Styrofoam and concrete paint or Styrofoam to molding fiberglass over then painted, both with a sealing coat. Even so they are not a grantee "will last the life of the tank or fish" and since the pH effect of the materials would raise PH ad I already have a bit high pH I didn't want to risk it. If it lowered PH I'd consider taking the chance and just make a new one ever 2-4 years, closely monitoring water conditions and the fish.
I have one store bought fake structure with small hides that I'd thought of cutting open more and sanding down to smooth the opening but that exposes untreated parts of the material to the water. So right now I have an all natural tank, real plants, lava rock, drift wood. The plants give pretty good cover.. when they're rooted, my pleco likes to zip around the bottom of the tank and pop them out of the substrate =.= Greedy bugger wants as much room on the bottom as possible. But fortunately the plant he usually uproots is OK as a floating plant but I want it rooted to let eh mid level fish have a place to hang.
Ah but I ramble, I'm sure your new friend will love their custom tank ^^ Its fun to make something all yourself and more so to watch your pets enjoy it.
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SombersAnxiety Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Ok on FP when you said Gecko Hide I was like "Wtf is a Gecko Hide? O.o" But I totally get it now xD LOL. That sculpting is great! And I love the greyer looking stones, looks so real. :DDD
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
LOL! Right? whooda thunk that you could make your own hides! (: It really is such a random little project!

Thank you! I'm really diggin' how the stones/rock bits turned out! The highlights and lowlights ended up getting super washed out in this pic! And that tree.. ugh.. hahah, need to find me some angkor watt reference images. xD
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DemonCookies-killeh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
and on a side note leopard geckos do not get much bigger then 6 inches long at the most. mine was about 41/2
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Mine's a cross between a super and a giant, so I'm expecting 7 or 8 inches - super's sound cool, but 10 - 12" is so big for a gecko! (:
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DemonCookies-killeh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Leopard Geckos are sick (in a good way)- having experience (as a very poor owner at a young age and financial issues at the house..) my gecko got fed maybe four times a month..that thing was hard core and lasted about 7 years. it died a couple months ago due to old age. DO NOT FEED IT ANYTHING BUT CRICKETS


it says it can eat other stuff but only in emergency owo they can NOT digest mealworms and it is nasty when they go poop owo just saying. have fun with it and remember to be creative with the name ;p
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Artsywolven Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Aw!! Haha they seem like they're pretty tolerant little critters! (: I'll keep the crickets in mind! < 3 I think I've decided on trying mealworms (gut loading them beforehand) and seeing how it goes - read up on a bit since it seems to be a controversial subject, but there's a lot of people who have used them and haven't had any issues with it and swear by using them (same goes for crickets, though!). (: If all else fails I'll turn to crickets. Can always switch 'em over if the worms don't work as well as I'd like! (:

Ugh, I still have no idea what to name him!! ):
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DemonCookies-killeh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
your gecko sounds like it is going to be huge omg! Yes they are such fun and interesting little things..mine never digested anything but crickets it was really weird. I know there are certain bugs that say it's best if the gecko eats them seasonally so it would be more natural you know what i mean?? But try whatever works for you! you never know :))

Mine was named Waffle..she had a waffle shaped splotch at the end of her tail. and i was like... 8 when i got her hah
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