Cast #001 - Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Casting

Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Cast #001 - Front Picture.
Ant Type: Fire Ants (Solenopsis genus)

Cast Number: #001
Created: 1/12/2013
Cast Weight: 3.1 lb

Cast Material: Aluminum
Cast Dimensions: 9"x7.5"x9" (HxWxL)

Base: Stained Wood Oval
Base Dimensions: 0.75"x6.5"x8.5" (HxWxL)

Mount: Bolt through base and cast
Orientation: Upside Down
This was the very first attempt at casting a fire ant colony with molten aluminum. I had no idea how much aluminum I would use, and ended up not using nearly enough and the colony was not completely cast. Most of the cast is the below ground portion of the colony. I mounted it and gave it to a friend who painted it silver, which is why it is so much shinier than the others. It came out of the ground very dull.
Base Description
This is one of only a few bases that is painted black.