Terrarium!

Jan. 29th, 2010 10:15 pm
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I made this terrarium out of an old dessicator. A dessicator is a piece of laboratory equipment used for drying samples. They are heavy and made from thick glass; this one has an opening on the lid where a vacuum pump can be attached.

I put glass beads and activated charcoal in the bottom, then sphagnum moss, then potting soil and the plants. I had to go to three different stores to find a greenhouse with small, healthy plants that I wanted. The greenhouse that I did find was fantastic; all the plants looked very healthy and happy. I got the activated charcoal at a pet store (and probably paid too much for it, as it's sold for aquarium filters).

I hope the plants live. But if not, I can just do this project again in the spring!

Glass Terrarium with lid in sunlight

Date: 2010-01-30 05:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] j00j
This is lovely! Hm, maybe I should get some plants for my apartment...

Date: 2010-01-31 01:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] toft
Oh, goodness! That's so pretty!

Date: 2010-01-30 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackshoegazer.livejournal.com
Ooh, that's awfully perty!

Date: 2010-01-30 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sasha-feather.livejournal.com
Thanks! It was fun to make.

Date: 2010-01-30 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spuffyduds.livejournal.com
That's entirely nifty-looking.

Date: 2010-01-30 06:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-01-30 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brdgt.livejournal.com
That is *so* cool that you finally did that! (not "finally" as in "you're a lazy bum" - but "finally" as in "that's the coolest idea ever and needs to be done right now!")

Date: 2010-01-30 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sasha-feather.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'd love to find a place where I could buy more old glassware (that isn't super expensive), because it's really cool and interesting.

Date: 2010-01-30 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplemb13.livejournal.com
ooooh repurposed science equipment! that's so awesome...nice job!

Date: 2010-01-30 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sasha-feather.livejournal.com
Thanks! It was super fun. I love old glassware, it's so cool looking!

Date: 2010-01-30 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antarcticlust.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you finally did this! It looks fantastic! Which greenhouse did you go to? We need more plants. Our population gets reduced from time to time when the water softener runs out, which kills some.

Date: 2010-01-30 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sasha-feather.livejournal.com
Felly's Greenhouse on Nesbit Road. It is beautiful!
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Date: 2010-02-01 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelic667.livejournal.com
Omg so cute!

Date: 2010-02-03 12:52 am (UTC)

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