Handcrafted Artificial Plants – Hand Designed


What does he mean by saying "handcrafted artificial plants"?

One questions that pops up often is “what do you mean, you make them? Don’t you just cut the stems and glue them into a base?”

Yes, many of the plant designs I create are not “made” by me. After cutting all the leaves and stems from their core stem, I then begin the design process. Sometimes its just a matter of bending the stems in a realistic looking pattern, turning the leaves and then securing them all into a base.

I also “create” the base for the aquarium and reptile habitat plants. It is made up of a small plastic (food safe) container which is filled with river rock and then, secured within using nontoxic adhesive.

The art of it is often, it’s construction and creation.

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And then there are the plants that I “make”. I do actually construct & design the entire plant along with its base. As you can see in the images below, the construction part begins by first cutting and choosing the leaves or stems.

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After I’ve decided on the materials, I then begin to construct a base for the design. There is a center point spindle from which I plan the design.

Handcrafted Artificial Plants - Hand Designed 2

From there I start placing / positioning the stems in a “realistic looking” design pattern. A great deal of thought go’s into the placement each and every stems or leaf.

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The base will be then weighted (secured) with river rock. Each stone is hand chosen and placed around the inner base (trunk / stem) of the design. The river rock also adds stability to the design structure.

And here is the completed design!

Design Time: 45 minutes.

Photography: 30 minutes.

Photo Editing: 15 minutes.

Upload / Create Listing: 15 minutes.

Artificial Aloe vaombe (Malagasy Tree Aloe) - Artificial Reptile Desert Decor Plant

Orostachys Japonica – Rock Pine

Mägitähk, rock pine, Orostachys japonica - Karl Müürsepp, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Karl Müürsepp, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Orostachys Japonica

Rock Pine


This succulent is also known as rock pine is a species of flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae. Native to East Asia. Its main habitat is on the surface of mountain rocks in Korea, Japan and China. Wikipedia

Karl Müürsepp, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Inspiring Instagram Aquascapes



For info about this aquascape and to give it a rating, click the link in our profile!


LOOK 👀 at this Dragon Stone showpiece. As you can see, Dragon Stone will instantly create an eccentric mountain scape with minimal effort by simply placing a piece into your tank.

I was not involved, in any way, with any of the scapes featured in this post. All the aquascapes contain live plants.

Happy Holidays 2020 from Ron Beck Designs

Happy Holidays, 2020, from Ron Beck Designs

Tis that time of year, the Christmas Holidays.

This year certainly doesn’t feel like holidays past as our world has drastically changed for the worst. We have been pledged by the Corona Virus. The suffering we have experienced is unprecedented. It’s hard to fathom that one virus, from a far away land, was able to change our entire way of life in a matter of days.

Many have lost loved ones during this pandemic. It will make this holiday, even harder to bare. It’s so important that we look deep within our selves for the strength & support people will need. Stop and listen for their call for help. Do some thing for some one. Love, care and compassion for others are the most valuable gifts one can give any time of the year.

I want to wish you all a safe holiday season and cherish the gift of time you are given.

Take care – Ron


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The Plot Collection – Artificial Grass & Greenery


 The Plot Collection features a variety of artificial grass’s and assorted greenery that makes great ground cover inside your enclosure, instead of a plant or bush. They also work well as a safe breeding area for any new arrivals!

The design intent was a low profile plot of greenery; ranging in heights from 1/2 an inch up to 2 inches high. Minimal areas of greenery can really bring a barren space to life and add additional depth to the landscape your recreating.

The plot base measures 7.5″ x 2.5″. Weighted (w/river rock). Low profile design. More details and specifics are available in the design’s description. SEE THEM HERE


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Japanese Tree Frog – Awavi on Flickr

Awavi - Flickr - 斑入りアマガエル - Japanese Tree Frog

Japanese Tree Frog

Awavi – Flickr – 斑入りアマガエル.


The Japanese Tree Frog is a species of tree frog distributed from Hokkaidō to Yakushima in Japan and from Korea along the Ussuri River to north-eastern China, northern Mongolia, and the southern parts of the Russian Far East. The Japanese tree frog was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the European tree frog. Wikipedia

Size: Approximately 1 and a half inches.

The word ‘frog‘ in Japanese means ‘return’, which is why the frog is considered a Japanese lucky animal and seen as good fortune in things returning.

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Reptile Tank Decor – Artificial Plants and Succulents

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“Just because they’re artificial, doesn’t mean they have to look fake.” – Ron Beck

A unique selection of handcrafted, hand designed Reptile Tank Decor Plants and Succulents.


the mechanics:

I use non toxic adhesive (as stated by the original manufacture) on all my designs.

For the aquarium plant designs: Leaf styles/stem samples are always pre “dip tested” in fresh bottled water (that’s 80 degrees) then soaked for 7 days, to check for possible color bleeding or fading and stability.

For the reptile terrarium plant designs & succulents: Unless otherwise stated, within each products description, the reptile terrarium plants & succulent designs can not be submerged in water. Risk of color’s (paint or dyes) bleeding and or fading possible when submerged in water. On very rare occasions, the original manufacture of the plant materials may have experienced dye lot issues during production that I am not aware of.

I buy from a variety of suppliers both locally and online. Since supply and demand are always changing, when one is out of stock I will pursue other suppliers. Unfortunately, there are times when I can only get a particular plant stem or bush from one supplier forcing me to wait. Lastly, since each design is done by hand, no one design is exactly like another. For example, if you ordered 6 pieces of one particular style #, not all the leaves would point in exactly the same direction. The overall quantity of the product duplication would be the same though.

Artificial Reptile Desert Decor Plant – Artificial Beautertia Cactus

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Artificial Beautertia Cactus

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Artificial Reptile Desert Decor Cactus Plant

This artificial Artificial Beautertia Cactus brings a realistic looking artificial plant to your Reptile Habitat Desert Decor.

This unique artificial silk reptile plant design is approximately 5 inches high and 4 inches wide. This plant design has 7 separate pieces permanently attached to one single base. Plant is ideal as a reptile habitat plant or as a snake cage plant.

The pieces of this artificial cactus plant are made of a semi soft plastic.