In my home, I have several bell jars with various orchids under them, a large glass jar with a tiny swamp containing sarricenia pitcher plants, venus flytraps, lichen & ferns, and a vintage display cabinet that I've converted into a mini-greenhouse for orchids & alocasia. However, lovely as they are, my home terrariums pale in comparison to this beauty.
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Here are a few of my own terrarium works. Unlike Dion's, which took a crane and an oversize 18-wheeler to make...mine are miniatures, and required dental tools and patience.
Jenny Kendler : Relic from Wunderkammer :
Found deer skull, hand-sculpted polymer clay, micro-beads, iridescent ink, acrylics, & glue under scientific bell-jar
18" x 10" x 10" : 2007
Jenny Kendler : Nature Shall Provide (feral girl with bow-legs and pubic mane) :
Hand-sculpted plasticine figure, lipstick, live plants, soil and gravel in vintage terrarium
8" x 5" x 5 : 2007
P.S. If you're curious, a vivarium differs from a terrarium in that it contains animals as well -- in Dion's case, the insects and other wee crawlies that hitchhiked on his log.
P.P.S The log lady approves.