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Tips to Make Artificial Stone

Updated:2013-11-12 14:01:38
If you live in an area where it's difficult to find stone to adorn your garden, pond or landscaping, artificial stones are an inexpensive and easy solution. Here's how you can get started creating fake stone for your projects in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Instructions as follows:

                                                         

Firstly, crumple pieces of chicken wire to the size and basic shape you'd like your faux stone to be. Don't worry about making them perfect, as unique angles and ridges will give your stones a more natural appearance.

Secondly, spray foam insulation into the chicken wire, filling up holes to create a solid, rock-like exterior. Foam insulation allows you to create the basic stone structure without the added weight from concrete sandstone created from molds. These lighter-weight alternatives will be easier to move and maneuver around your yard and garden.
Thirdly, allow the foam insulation to dry for at least 24 hours. While it's drying, cut your burlap into strips, if you're going to be using old burlap sacks or sheets. Strips should be between 1 to 2 inches wide, depending on the size of stone you're creating. Larger stones will require larger strips for better coverage.
Fourthly, mix your grout according to the package instructions, and then add extra water. Slowly pour in water 1/4 cup at a time, stirring after each cup to test the consistency. You want a looser consistency than regular grout, but not too watery. A good comparison is fully mixed cake batter.
Fifthly, dip your burlap strips into the grout mixture and saturate them in grout. Wrap the strips tightly around the foam surface, smoothing out any wrinkles or creases with a putty knife if necessary. You will also want to make sure all visible areas are adequately covered for the most natural appearance. Allow the grout and burlap at least 24 hours to fully dry.
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