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Make Artificial Stone Made With Cement

Updated:2013-08-28 16:24:05
Artificial stones have several uses around the home, such as creating stone walkways or as part of a rock garden. They can also be used as borders for flower beds and vegetable gardens and as decoration or a barrier around a fish pond. Whatever your reasons for creating artificial stone, it is relatively simple to make using concrete and additional ingredients for color and consistency, such as concrete dye colorants and peat moss.

Instructions as follows:

                                             

Firstly, look at pictures and photos of real stone for inspiration. Pick up a few pieces of stone in your garden if applicable to use as models for your faux stone.
Secondly, construct the mold for your artificial stone out of Styrofoam or chicken wire. If using chicken wire, stuff the mold with wadded up plastic shopping bags or newspaper so the mold will keep its shape.
Thirdly, make your artificial stone covering by mixing one part Portland cement with two parts peat moss, an acrylic fortifying additive and water. Use enough water so the mixture has the consistency of a mud pie.
Fourthly, apply the mixture to the artificial stone using a point trowel. Smooth the mixture as much as possible and use a cloth or sponge to create a smooth appearance if desired. If you would prefer to create texture on your artificial stone, use a porous sea sponge when applying the mixture.
Fifthly, set the wet artificial stone in a large plastic bag and inflate it so the bag will not touch the stone. Place the bag in a sunlit area of your garage or outside in direct sun. Open the bag once or twice a day and mist it with a water-filled spray bottle. The combination of heat and moisture will allow the mixture to cure slowly, thus preventing cracks and the mixture from falling off the mold. This process will take about three or four days to complete.

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