This idea has been marinating in my head for some time, so the week before last I finally set out to make it! (After storing sundry supplies at Traveling Painter‘s apartment for > a month) (I now have my own craft box over there..haha))
Here’s a shot with the lid on, seen from the back:
The stones are real, but the other substrates & textures are various decorative/faux plants I’ve found. The creatures are made out of polymer- and very tiny!
Since I’ve already given this prototype as a gift, and forgot to get a scale image, you’ll just have to trust me on the tininess! The little fawn is slightly smaller than a US quarter, and the rabbit is 3/4 the size of a US dime. You can imagine I was quite relieved to get them in the oven. Never really made anything that miniscule before!
Had to do the “aerial” shot outside, since my lightbox is too small to get the angle:
The terrarium landscape itself took around 3 hours to put together.
I think the idea would be to create different ecosystems featuring different animals. This would be part of a ‘woodland’ series I suppose. Nerdy- I know!
What do you think? Could these sell on Etsy? They are quite a lot of work, but pleasing to make.
I’d have to figure out whether shipping could be cost-effective; the rocks are real, so they do have some nice weight to them. Everything is glued down & secure, but I’m still not sure they’d survive being turned over more than a couple times.