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Old 03-12-2016, 02:16 PM   #41
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Doen'st look so bad. Is it finished now?
Yes, they are finished, but not in place.

I have to find a photo of them in the grass to give you an idea of what they turned out to look like. Once they weather and (hopefully) get moss and lichens covered, they will look great.
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Old 03-12-2016, 02:38 PM   #42
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Here are some pics from my phone--no guarantee that they will not upload upside-down.
Hollow, Homemade Rock-2016-03-12-14.35.18.jpg

Hollow, Homemade Rock-2016-03-12-14.36.08.jpg

These are from a while ago. There was a thin layer of watered down clay painted on it, then I rubbed on some wet peat moss (the ground was still frozen at the time, I think. After heavy rains both layers washed off revealing the stained layers below. Again, weathering should make them look more natural.
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Old 03-18-2016, 06:59 PM   #43
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WOW...You've really impressed me! They really look REAL! Bravissimo
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:55 PM   #44
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WOW...You've really impressed me! They really look REAL! Bravissimo
~smile~ Thank you!

Once they weather, I hope that they blend in with the rest.

Now I want to make more. (But that will have to wait until next year...assuming I'm in that class again.)
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:14 PM   #45
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Lot lighter than moving the real deals around ha?
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Lot lighter than moving the real deals around ha?
Yup. ...but once they are in place, I'm hoping to not be moving them (the "real deals" or the hollow ones--except for access to the well, if needed).

I'd still like to make more next year--if we have Art class again. I'd like to make some that could help hide the pond liner in some areas where real rocks might be kind of tricky--and I could shape it to fit the exact area where I would need it (I'm thinking only of a spot or two where the liner may be exposed due to the steepness of a slope or something...really, I should plan the pond well enough that I can use real rocks everywhere and still successfully hide the liner.)

Another use I may have for hollow rocks: I have learned that cutting an invasive tree or shrub to its stump, and then covering the stump so it gets no light at all will kill it while leaving the roots intact to hold the soil in place. I may want to incorporate some hollow rocks in that smothering process.
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Hmmm I'm thinking.....
If there were quite a few new shoots sprouting from the base of a chopped down tree they'd be strong enough to push the hollow rock upwards unless you created the rock with a flared edge where you could drive some U shaped stakes into the ground to keep it there.
New shoots are pretty STRONG in growth!
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Hmmm I'm thinking.....
If there were quite a few new shoots sprouting from the base of a chopped down tree they'd be strong enough to push the hollow rock upwards unless you created the rock with a flared edge where you could drive some U shaped stakes into the ground to keep it there.
New shoots are pretty STRONG in growth!
Hmm...I guess they are...I am basing this on the metal well cap that I put on a multi flora rose--it worked, but maybe metal is heavy enough to hold them down.
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It would probably workout ok over a rose but I think you had stated putting one over a cutting of an invasive tree or shrub.
Now those... are to what I was referring to as being quite strong.
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Found something this morn for ya in a book I was reading...

HOW TO ENCOURAGE THE AGED LOOK!
Spray them with beer, miracle grow or liquid cow manure
After a couple of days...rinse it off.

The bacteria and molds will take to growing upon it.
Repeat and-or put in the shade to obtain even faster results.
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