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Miniature Coral Reef Tin WiP by Bon-AppetEats Miniature Coral Reef Tin WiP by Bon-AppetEats
Hey guys! I've been spamming tumblr and my instagram pages with these progress pictures, and since I can't post them here from there, I decided to give you guys a little sneak peek as well. :)

This is a miniature coral reef in an Altoids tin. I was up from 11pm until 2am making the little corals for this piece. I finished the two little clown fish this morning and I had to post it. I love it! I will be really sad when I put this piece up for sale. lol :(

All corals and fish are made from polymer clay and hand crafted one by one. The sand is just regular white craft sand. I have a few more fish to add, then I'll be pouring a layer of resin over the whole thing.

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dancing-ladybug Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is adorable! Maybe you should keep this for yourself, considering how hard you work ;)
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Tasogare-Tenshi Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
These are so amazing, I wish you'd do a how to video of these cute things xD
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Gwysiwr Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so cuuute! havo you tought of texturing the coral alittle more? they seem to look like tiiiiny bee hives  
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Teligress1988 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
im so loving this!!!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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bikipop Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
wow
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:iconbon-appeteats:
Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconguitargirl99f:
GuitarGirl99f Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So creative!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Phenometron Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Impressive.
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:iconbon-appeteats:
Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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Truc-Lescargot Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wah, so cute! *w* Good job!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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EmiTheOtter Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh,it looks so pretty!Great job! :D
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Pixie-Pill Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you actually looking at true references? It would be awesome to see some actual zoas or acans in this.
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't know what those were so I had to Google them and WOW, I love the vibrant colors! I will definitely have to work out how to make them and put them in the next tin. :)

I didn't look at real coral for these. I knew I wanted it to be really colorful and then I played around with textures and shapes. The only thing I looked up were the clown fish.
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Pixie-Pill Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The ocean has a lot of really beautiful and texture filled creatures! Look up some ricordias and maxi-mini anemone too! Corals are probably my favourite part of salt water tanks haha. That and inverts, sexy shrimp are awesome, peacock mantis shrimp are wicked and under blue light absolutely stunning!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is! I would love to own a saltwater tank one day when I have the time and resources to care for it properly. When I was picking out the fish for my freshwater tanks, I think I sat for about an hour stuck in the saltwater section of the store.

Oooh, a tin holding a larger scale shrimp would be neat. I think if I made them in the smaller scale no one would see them. lol
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Pixie-Pill Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol Sexy shrimp are tiny creatures to begin with. If I get the chance I will take a couple pictures of mine and post them for you! They dance and are amazing shrimp!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
They sound great! I wanted to convert my empty 10 gal into a betta/shrimp tank but I've run out of space. D: It's addictive. lol
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Pixie-Pill Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shrimp don't overly need a lot of space. I had about 16 cherry shrimp in my 5 gal betta tank (started with 3, was lucky enough to get a pregnant shrimp.) And a lot of the bigger shrimp (fan/flower/Anemone shrimp are a little larger, and will hide most of the time if you have a betta in the tank.) and most of them being algea eaters are going to clean the tank us as well. (which I needed them for, I have lots of live plant and a lighting system too good for my own good so I produce quite a bit of algea) I find they do a lot better than the bottom eaters and snails too.
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McFlabwobble Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a really cool idea. Maybe put a teeny tiny crab or starfish in the center. Or not. It's awesome already.
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm heading out to get some tiny sea shells today, and the plan is to make a tiny hermit crab in one of them. :)
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InnocentLittleWolf Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to do this now. X3
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a lot of fun. :)
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browntoya Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Filmographer
It's perfect!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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JoySentiments Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
That's amazing:D
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:iconbon-appeteats:
Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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JakkieTea Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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LadyAriessTemptra Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014   Artisan Crafter
you should so totally make a cute little eel poking its head of out the coral reef somewhere! o0o ! I cant wait till this is done!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You know, I was thinking of that! There's a little space for an eel, too, on the bottom left bit of coral. I haven't covered it in resin yet so maybe I can stick one in. :)
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LadyAriessTemptra Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014   Artisan Crafter
That would be so awesome ^^
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Diamond-Stud Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student
That is so tiny and cute! What a great idea! :D
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Explendesco Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist
So CUUUTEEEE!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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17mndrake Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! o-o
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Aruzenchin-is-a-GIRL Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so amazing ♥
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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demongal109 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Artist
Ha! that is actually kinda cute!!!!
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Bon-AppetEats Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Porcelain-Teakettle Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I made something like this, too!! :D
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