CUSTOMIZATION

The same basic procedure you've learned and practiced with this project are used to create any type or size of stone or rock formation as well as sculptures. 

In large projects, I use 1/2" rebar bent into the general shape of the desired structure. The 1/2" rebar can be easily bent by hand but once several are wired together, they become strong enough to actually climb on. I like to use shot-crete for large projects, however medium and small projects I just hand trowel the cement. You can see the whole large scale process "here".

Just think of all of the cool things that could be done by switching out the wiring with a few plumbing pipes, a pump and some water! Fountains, bird baths, reflecting pools and waterfalls are all possibilities. 

Ponds, waterfalls, clifs and boulders all made of artificial rock.

Huge Water Features to Small Fountains
A Quality Armature the Right Tools & Some Imagination

Concrete stamps, molds and a quality armature combined with some hand sculpting and a bit of practice can be used with the techniques learned in this project to create incredible one-of-a-kind works of art. The only limitation is your imagination!

Fairy garden stone poured into a mold with 1/2" hardware cloth for strength. The coloring and antiquing is done with "Patio Paint" to hold up in the outdoor elements.

A stamped concrete patio and artificial rock wall. all made of concrete. The cap stones are hand sculpted while the patio and wall stones are made with stamps. You can  learn more about it as well as see more pictures "HERE".

A thin walled hollow concrete sphere birdhouse. Hand sculpted over a expanded steel ball. It was colored and antiqued

with "Masons Select" and "Patio Paint" Check out the "Concrete Spheres" Page for more.

A fountain created for bonsai. Hand sculpted over a ½” hardware cloth armature. The base is made hollow to house the pump and It goes all of the way to the bottom of the pot to support the fountain.. It has hollows built in with damp newspaper to create planters for the live bonsai trees. You can see all of the details "HERE"

The micro-Aquarium is sculpted over a ½” hardware cloth armature. The lid comes of for feeding the live Opae-Ula shrimp that live inside. A hollow was made under the lid to house an LED bulb. The wire is hidden inside the pipe and comes out underneath. Felt feet keep it from scratching furniture and create a gap for the wire to exit out the desired side. You can read all about it “HERE”.

The giant set of mushrooms are built over chicken wire wrapped around ½” rebar and a ¾” pipe. it is installed by pounding a ⅝” rebar deep into the ground and setting the stem pipe over it. The caps are sculpted on a 1/2" hardware cloth cone, beginning with the underside first. Once it cures it’s flipped over to sculpt the top. a ⅜” rebar is bent into an “L” shape and sculpted into the underside of the cap. Half of the “L” sticks straight out of the center to set in the top of the stem pipe. Silicone is used to stabilize the tops from wobbling.

More Ideas?

How about a huge Japanese stone pagoda lantern (remember they can be rustic too)? A Japanese water basin, a stone garden bridge or bench or floating stepping stones? How about a bad garden pond install, you know the ones where you can see liner or concrete above the waterline. Drain the pond, cover it with cheap plastic to keep it clean. Place some chicken wire over the edge and sculpt some edge stones from the outside edge to down below the water line. The possibilities are endless!

The wiring section of this DIY project shows you how to wire the columnar basalt garden light. Many projects can really be brought to life with some illumination. An inexpensive masonry bit could drill a hole in your "                               " or sculpt your own with built in wire pipes. The two tall rocks on the left of the pond below are inexpensive landscape spotlights with rock built over the top to hide them. Cover the light with damp newspaper, lay on some hardware cloth and sculpt. When its cured you can remove the newspaper which creates a hollow void allowing the rock to come off of the light to be maintained or replaced. Its a useful trick for hiding pond pumps & plumbing, transformers, etc.  

Dont Forget The Lights
 

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