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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
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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