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Posted - 21/02/2009 :  17:39:09  Show Profile  Visit Kazerella's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Blackecho

Went stick hunting and found :

The larger one is 3', the smaller one 2'

For better idea of size.

Close-up to show a before/after sanding. The main branch has been sanded by hand, the smaller branch coming off it is still to be sanded.

When the sanding is finished they will sit in 10% bleach in the bath for a few hours and then a thorough rinse with the power shower. Don't think these will fit in the oven, so will be leant against radiators to dry.

Reckon I've saved ~30 for a short stroll and some sanding


Ok, they've had 4 hours submerged in 10% bleach, been rinsed and are now drying:

Can really see the grain now and the colour change.


New 3' stick in viv:

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Posted - 02/03/2009 :  09:14:02  Show Profile  Click to see Blackecho's MSN Messenger address  Send Blackecho a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Some branches I found last weekend on a walk:

Taking the bark off:


Bleach bath time:

Power shower for a good rinse:

In the airing cupboard to dry:

Now viv ready:

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Posted - 10/01/2011 :  08:10:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
great thread and info i`ll save £££`s now

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Posted - 11/03/2011 :  10:45:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What kind of wood is this? I want to go on a hunt for good bits of branches but everything i read about is toxic to snakes and to be honest i couldnt tell one tree from another. Is there a way to tell if its safe or not?

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Posted - 04/08/2013 :  16:09:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bringing up an old thread but do you have to remove the bark?
Just been a chopped down some branches from an Apple tree, but I don't like the look of the wood once it's bleached and the natural colour has been lost. Would this effect be lessened by keeping the bark on? Is it possible to still make it safe enough by not stripping it, and seeing the rest of the process through?
Or is there another method? One preferably that isn't ridiculously time consuming?
I don't want to varnish or stain the wood after to add back colour ether, as I like my vivarium to look natural.
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Posted - 04/08/2013 :  17:45:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yes you can leave the bark on i will be doing this next time i collect some wood.

to be honest i don't bleach the wood anymore i pour load's of boiling water over it then give a really good scrub with f10 then leave to dry for a week or 2 in the airing cupboard.

if it's small enough i bake it in the oven to dry an kill any bug's

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