Jul 13 2010

Mushroom Cloning – Part 1


Oyster mushroom clone

9 days of growth

I’ve begun some experiments in mushroom growing recently. My first step is trying to clone supermarket bought gourmet mushrooms, such as Oyster and Shiitake.

The main motivation behind this started out as an effort to save money, but as is often the case with these things, I’ll probably end up spending way more than I can hope to save on various bits of equipment and massive cock-ups. Either way, I’ll be documenting my progress here.

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Jul 12 2010

Dr Who Tardis Mini Garden


This Display, based on my previous mini Dino gardens, materialised over the past weekend. We’re all big fans of Dr Who in my household. My daughter knew of Daleks and Tardi (i assume that’s the plural- edit: obviously it isn’t, that’d be crazy) from a very early age.

Back to the project, as before, the base is an 80mm saucer that cost 25p from a DIY shop, the landscape is polymer clay,  work in progress shots available here and here. Finally it was painted in acrylics and finished with model railway scatter material.

To hide the gap between the base of the Tardis and the ground  I glued a layer of grass around its base, allowing it to be positioned anywhere on the display

Like this? Check out the other dino gardens and our Dalek garlic bread

Jul 8 2010

Mini Dino Garden 2


Dino Garden 2

Mk 2 of the dino garden.  Clay dish (25p @ B& Q) approx 75mm diameter. Polymer clay, scatter material and acrylic paints.

Dinosaur from the Early Learning Centre as before.