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    Interesting and cool video. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BR3 View Post
    Interesting and cool video. Thanks.
    I agree. I sensed a commercial potential in that casting. They are indeed for sale on eBay, a bit cheaper than I expected a New York art gallery might ask.

    anthillart | eBay= current
    anthillart | eBay completed

    I guess there are some serious anthills around Wetumpka, Alabama. The patternmakers give their lives for art.

    Anthill Art - Artistic and Educational Ant Colony Castings

    Larry

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    Ain't got nothing on these guys

    Giant Ant Hill Excavated - YouTube

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    final product looks like a christmas tree. I guess there is good venting for all the chambers. I guess the little water in the ants did not cause a big steam explosion. I have seen similar tree like forms from fused dirt at a lighting strike. I think it is called a fulgerite
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    Aluminum bonsai!

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    Does PETA know about this?

    Cool stuff.

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    If done in chocolate it would give new meaning to chocolate covered ants.

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    I can't imagine a better use for fire ants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by david n View Post
    Does PETA know about this?

    Cool stuff.
    I thought PETA was "People Eating Tasty Animals"

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    That ant hill video led me to another interesting video called "B-29 Frozen in Time". Great video of the salvage operation.

    Here is the link: NOVA: B-29 Frozen in Time - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimGlass View Post
    That ant hill video led me to another interesting video called "B-29 Frozen in Time". Great video of the salvage operation.

    Here is the link: NOVA: B-29 Frozen in Time - YouTube

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    A friend of mine was the flight engineer on that plane when they tried to fly it out. In fact, I sold him an old Atlas lathe last weekend. Very sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimGlass View Post
    That ant hill video led me to another interesting video called "B-29 Frozen in Time". Great video of the salvage operation.

    Here is the link: NOVA: B-29 Frozen in Time - YouTube

    Jim
    I almost cried at the end when I first saw that.


    The same guy built a F104 Starfighter out of assorted scrap parts to break the world record for speed.

    N104RB Red Baron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I might have to try the ant thing sometime.

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    What do you think? Gold plate$$$ or Gold anodize.. Blue anodize might be nice.

    Your work was superior!

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    Might as well go all the way--gold plate!

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    I watched it too,then spent a hour watching others,how do they get crack into your brain from the tube?
    Gw

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve45 View Post
    Might as well go all the way--gold plate!
    Plate, hell. Option of solid gold or platinum!

    --Hawk

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    Sod what the casting looks like (quite interesting, actually) and what it's worth. Does it get rid of the bloody ants???

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    This came through my Google+ page today:

    Alex Wild originally shared:

    Lots of people are sharing this story about a guy who makes aluminum casts of fire ant nests, and a few people have emailed me about it, so I've assembled my thoughts here:

    ? Commercial Myrmecology and Anthill Art

    The short version: this technique has been around for a while, it was created by myrmecologist Walter Tschinkel, and it'd have been nice if this new guy at least mentioned the source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david n View Post
    Does PETA know about this?

    Cool stuff.

    Fire ants are my friends! Nature's little rototillers creating beautiful friable biologically rich topsoil. Other than that I can see how they can be a real nuisance, like poison ivy, yellow jackets and other nasties.

    Much better to turn their habitat into a metal sculpture than to spray the colonies with pesticide and to leave them alone if found on public land.
    

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