Artificial Fake Rock making Information Sheet
...keep your designs as simple as possible because in reality simplicity will always be more satisfying and look far more natural as a result.
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" Guide to Sourcing Materials" for artificial fake rock making materials
One of your most resourceful and helpful guides to finding the majority of materials used to make life like fake rock as shown on our artificial rock making DVD's is the internet.
There are some materials that may go under a trade name difference depending on the country. A list of trade material names is set out so that you will know
what you are looking for and what name to type into a search engine to track down product in your vicinity.
A Detailed guide to sourcing materials for making fake artificial rocks, hollow rocks,waterfalls and staircases step treads and stepping stones inc masterclass in colour finishes comes with all DVD's
We have posted the "Guide to Sourcing Materials Below"
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EZY PLIERS EZY CLIPS in Australia are known as Maspro pliers and clips and are available from most produce stores and some Hardwares. They are also known
as Hog Tie Pliers and clips in the U.S.. Other names "wire clip pliers" "wire net pliers" Pliers are used to clip two pieces of wire together with a "C" shaped clip, You can also use plastic wire ties used in the Electrical and Car industry to pull wires together very cheap sold in bundles at auto stores. Or sew them on used a shade cloth needle. Note all of these methods work well and where we can save you money on
materials we will to make your Rock making as inexpensive as we can without loosing the integrity of the finished product
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Guide to sourcing materials for artificial rockmaking
One of your most resourceful and helpful guides to finding the majority of materials used to make life like fake rock as shown on our artificial rockmaking DVDs is the internet.
There are some materials that may go under a trade name difference depending on the country. A list of trade material names is set out below so that you will know what you are looking for and what name to type into a search engine to track down product in your vicinity.
As your skills and experience grows with any subject as mine has with Rockmaking you learn what is needed and what is not needed to refine and maintain a quality of work. In this case I have come to the conclusion that Solid rock ie 'Fabulous rock' holds up to the test of time ( well, over the last 13 years) with or without rockbonding fibre / fibremesh in the concrete base mixes. If we can make your Rockmaking experience more economical we certainly will. As such Rockbonding Fibre / Fibremesh is one material we can rub off the Rockmaking shopping list for materials. Contact Dan with any further queries that you might have.
COLOUR LAST POWDERS in the trade are known as COLOUR HARDENER POWDERS this is the term to enter in your search. Other names to enter to narrow it down to a local supplier is STENCILCRETE SUPPLIERS and or STAMPED CONCRETE PRODUCTS.
For Australian Rockmakers log onto www.texcrete.com.au www.parchem.com.au
For US Rockmakers log onto www.stampcrete.com
Also type in Bomanite and also try Coloration Systems
for other countries type in colour hardener powder.
NATURE TINTS Since the original dvds were produced there has been a move away from liquid tints and for my tinting I now mainly use colour powders that I mix with water to a thin consistency. I use oxides such as black, green and yellow and are available at most hardwares.
You can even use different coloured tiling grouts to make a tint with say for your orange for example
BOND AND SEAL is basically an acrylic based PVA glue ( Concrete Bonder ) and as shown on the dvds is of a runny consistency. I have had excellent results with Boncrete which is available at most hardwares, home centers universally. This will come in a much thicker consistency and can be watered down to the perfect blend for all your rockmaking uses by mixing 1 part PVA ie Boncrete or Concrete Bonder with 4 parts water.
EZY PLIERS EZY CLIPS in Australia are known as Maspro pliers and clips and are available from most produce stores and some Hardwares. They are also known as Hog Tie Pliers and clips in the U.S. You can also sew the material to the wire frame using a large eye needle like sewing shade cloth together or sail maker’s needle or something similar you can get large plastic needles for this type of work.
EZYMAT is known as Enkamat and is the name to type into your search. Enkamat is made as an erosion control mat. Use these web address below Nylon Enkamat -
Poly Enkamat -
There are several methods of making hollow form rock and along with the varying methods are different materials that can be used to achieve an outstanding result. What I want to avoid is presenting concepts that are bound to only one use of a material or method and in the faux hollow rock components. As some materials may and have over a period of time have become more difficult to obtain and this is now the case with Enkamat ( Ezy Mat ). I have for many years built transportable boulders successfully with a fabric called "wadding". Please refer to the web page on Building hollow rock and you will find a visual description on the second page.
We have also used shade cloth as used in nursery’s landscape with great success.
Hessian is another material used in the process.
Please contact us for any further details.
We hope that you enjoy the learning aspects of this amazing and very rewarding art form. From a design point of view we are of the opinion that our methods of Artificial Rockmaking can allow you to use your imagination to fulfill many ideas you may visualise or have in mind in the garden and landscape. Please enjoy.
Children Kids love a bit of artificial rockmaking. Make sure you have young ones protected in appropriate clothing and safety attachments. Be sure to keep them away from neat Portland cement and colour hardeners, particularly if there are a few children who might start throwing cementous powders around or accidentally rub some in their eyes. The same applies to mortar and concrete mixes.
Rockmaking as revealed in our dvd titles, written text and photographic images does not require a high degree of physical fitness to undertake however it does involve physical involvement including bending, lifting and general landscaping preparations. As much of rockmaking is likely to be outdoors we recommend you take into account dressing for protection not only against the elements but that a consistent part off your hands on attire are protective gloves, safety glasses and dust mask particularly when you are working with and shaping wires, using cements, concretes, colour hardeners and using a cement mixer.
Have the wind to your back when you are using colour hardeners.
We do not recommend nor endorse the construction of any structure over one metre or 3.3ft in height without qualified and approved guidelines and qualified assistance. Attempting to construct artificial rock in or around swimming pools and or building overhead structures such as caves without qualified experience is definitely not recommended nor endorsed or suggested in any way by the authors of and in the artificial rock instructional series nor its distributors or resellers.
- Make a habit of reading the safety instructions on the packaging of purchased products.