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Lisa21-Oct-01 06:31 AM EST
Susan21-Oct-01 01:55 PM EST 6a   
Terri06-May-02 09:30 AM EST   
alnoro06-May-02 10:20 AM EST 8   
Wendy06-May-02 10:26 AM EST   
Wendy06-May-02 10:47 AM EST   
Greg06-May-02 08:38 PM EST 6a   
osborne08-May-02 02:42 PM EST   
alnoro08-May-02 10:11 PM EST 8   
Wendy09-May-02 04:16 PM EST 3a   
Dawn10-May-02 01:16 AM EST 3   
Dawn10-May-02 09:54 AM EST 3   
osborne10-May-02 11:18 AM EST   
Mandy12-May-02 09:44 PM EST   


Subject: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: Lisa
Date: 21-Oct-01 06:31 AM EST

I just want to share my experience of some videos that I have found from Australia. They show how to make fantastic artificial rocks. I made them and it is impossible to tell the difference between these and true natural rock. Take a look at their website and see for yourselves. www.ezyrock.com

Good luck Lisa


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 21-Oct-01 01:55 PM EST

They sure look good on the web site.. How long did it take to get the video from them?


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: Terri
Zone:
Date: 06-May-02 09:30 AM EST

I have finally found someone who has heard of the videos. You dont know how hard I have been searching. Could you tell me a little more. Did the videos arrive promptly? Are they easy to follow and well done? What about all their products that they sell - do they send them here to the US? How did your rocks turn out? Sorry for all the questions but you are the first person that I have found who has even heard of them.


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 06-May-02 10:20 AM EST

went to the site. They are great if they look like that when done. was the video expensive? Are they heavy? Are they hard to make? Tell me More More More!!


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: Wendy
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Date: 06-May-02 10:26 AM EST

I went to the site and I, like Alnoro think they look great if that is what they look like. The materials are expensive. Wonder how the prices compare to buying the rocks?


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: Wendy
Zone:
Date: 06-May-02 10:47 AM EST

Has anyone thought of using plaster of paris and make rocks and then paint them? Would that work?


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: Greg
Zone: 6a
Date: 06-May-02 08:38 PM EST

I don't think that plaster of paris would last in the garden. Especially if you left it out in the winter. I have heard of people using concrete and hypertufa to make artificial rocks though.


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: osborne
Zone:
Date: 08-May-02 02:42 PM EST

If you're interested in finding out more about hypertufa, there is an illustrated article in Canadian Gardening, at their website: http://www.canadiangardening.com/HTML/fun_hypertufa.html.

I haven't tried it myself, but did see it done some time ago on a TV program. They made it look pretty easy. The trick would be to create a mould that looked somewhat rock-like to begin with, that is, not like the inside of a plastic dishpan or a metal bowl!

From what I remember, you can remove the hypertufa from the mould just before it is completely cured, and carve or grind the surface to create surface interest, little fissures and the like.

Please forgive me for asking you to be a guinea pig for the rest of us, but if you do go this route, I'd love to hear how it turned out. Could you report your success (or failure) and any advice on the method you finally choose?

Good luck!


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: alnoro (alnoro@shaw.ca)
Zone: 8
Date: 08-May-02 10:11 PM EST

I.m with osborne. I'd love you to try it and get back to us dear Guinea Pig. I was thinking it might work if you shaped some chicken wire to the right shape them built the rock thing in that, OR maybe made a mould with papeie mache' I have ideas but not the hutspa to try. I VOLUNTEER YOU lol


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: Wendy
Zone: 3a
Date: 09-May-02 04:16 PM EST

Just for fun I am going to try the plaster of paris and then give it 4 or 5 coats of varnish and see how it survives the summer. Anyone want to try with me?


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: Dawn
Zone: 3
Date: 10-May-02 01:16 AM EST

To add to Alnoro's comment, I just finished a new book I took out from the library on working with concrete. Apparently many artists use a structure out of wire and either crumpled newspaper or carved styrofoam block. They then apply the concrete over this. It makes it lightweight and gives the concrete something to bond to. The book is "Creating with Concrete" by Sherri Hunter. You may want to take a peek at it before attempting plaster of Paris. I agree with Greg. I don't think it will work unless you live in Florida or California. Even there I would question it. If you are going to go through all that work, at least make it work.


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: Dawn
Zone: 3
Date: 10-May-02 09:54 AM EST

Here's a follow-up on a couple of websites that you may find helpful. www.ezyrock.com and http://home.flash.net/~blhill/pages.aux/pond/recipes.html#top This last one has a few recipes and instructions on making fake rocks.


Subject: RE: Artificial Garden Rocks
From: osborne
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Date: 10-May-02 11:18 AM EST

Dawn, I just spent a half-hour on Bonnie's site (http://home.flash.net/~blhill/pages.aux/pond/recipes.html#top) and could have spent much more. It's amazing. Thanks for pointing it out.

For those who haven't visited it, there are several methods of making rock, from the relative ease of hypertufa to the sophistication of fibreglass, in all sizes. There's advice on painting the rocks and growing moss to make them look more realistic.

The site consists of links to other sites and is geared to watergardens, so there's a huge amount of info on all aspects of watergardening, if you explore it further.


Subject: Ezy Rock
From: Mandy
Zone:
Date: 12-May-02 09:44 PM EST

I have the two videos that Terri is talking about. I am from the UK and I ordered and paid for them online and they arrived about a week later from Australia. They are fantastic - well done and very easy to follow. I also got one of their starter kits and although it sounds alot of money - the amount of rocks that you can make with it makes it far cheaper than trying to fill your garden with the real thing. Wishing you all happiness and smile and keep gardening !!


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