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Old 09-24-2010, 07:27 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:49 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I don't normally like fake decor but the stuff you've made is simply amazing... I mean those tree trunks are looking just perfect.. I think since you used mainly PVC pipes in them so they must be very light will they be able to sink? You should consider patenting the technique you are using it got the potential of getting big.. huge even.

Simply great, thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:13 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Thanks.

Pvc is heavy enough to just about sink by itself. But grout is cement and filler sand, so the result is heavy enough to sink.
Using spray foam to add volume to the pieces is not a good idea, if you want to use them submerged in an aquarium. At least it's got to be used very sparingly. Unless you are willing to glue them in the tank to keep them from floating.
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man...I love your work

what tool are you using to cut the PU foam down to size...and what method do you use to apply the grout? this is absolutely amazing work

...you should open a business in the buy/sell forum and take custom orders for $$$
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I have to STOP looking at your artwork!! I'm sure there is a commandment that says "Thou shalt not covet."

I could glue all the pvc pipes together. I could even bend them up (maybe) and cut the edges. ...but the grout and sand to sculpt them into branches.... NO WAY!!!

Say.... do you have any sewing that you might want done? I'm great at that... Grandchild's baby blanket?... Couch throw?.. We could trade.... (just kidding!) SO LOVE your work!!





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Old 03-30-2011, 08:15 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Your work is insipring!! I love it! I just started building a paludarium myself using expanding foam, it's good stuff (I'm a plasterer and im sick of cutting the stuff back after a joiner has fitted a door/window frame. I hated the stuff untill yesterday!) So now i have a tank full of rock shaped fame, waterfall n all. It's coming together nicely but its nothing like yours. Ha!
Any chance of some tips for colouring the grout?? I'm just using grey now but i've only got the first coat on. It's gonna need some contrast.
I had to build all mine inside the tank coz it has support braces at the top which make impossible to get anything of good size into it. After seeing yours im gonna have to get a knew tank n build another but this time do the fancy stuff outside of the tank
You are a true artist!
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:57 PM   #27 (permalink)
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man...I love your work

what tool are you using to cut the PU foam down to size...and what method do you use to apply the grout? this is absolutely amazing work

...you should open a business in the buy/sell forum and take custom orders for $$$
Thanks, killacross!
I cut the foam with with cut-blade knives, mostly. Sometimes smooth sharp edges with coarse sandpaper.
Grout is applied with a paint brush. If shaping the piece and thus thicker mixture is needed, then I use a painter's spatula.


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I have to STOP looking at your artwork!! I'm sure there is a commandment that says "Thou shalt not covet."

I could glue all the pvc pipes together. I could even bend them up (maybe) and cut the edges. ...but the grout and sand to sculpt them into branches.... NO WAY!!!

Say.... do you have any sewing that you might want done? I'm great at that... Grandchild's baby blanket?... Couch throw?.. We could trade.... (just kidding!) SO LOVE your work!!
Nice blanket! You're telling me you designed all the little cars and all?
YOU should go commercial with those!

As soon as I start reproducing, I'll give you a call for one!


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Your work is insipring!! I love it! I just started building a paludarium myself using expanding foam, it's good stuff (I'm a plasterer and im sick of cutting the stuff back after a joiner has fitted a door/window frame. I hated the stuff untill yesterday!) So now i have a tank full of rock shaped fame, waterfall n all. It's coming together nicely but its nothing like yours. Ha!
Any chance of some tips for colouring the grout?? I'm just using grey now but i've only got the first coat on. It's gonna need some contrast.
I had to build all mine inside the tank coz it has support braces at the top which make impossible to get anything of good size into it. After seeing yours im gonna have to get a knew tank n build another but this time do the fancy stuff outside of the tank
You are a true artist!
Thanks, bryson375!
I know the feeling of cutting down the foam around the windows and doors, in order to make a surface for plaster to adhere to.

I am happy to hear you are inspired! With experience on handling plaster I think you have a great basis for this. Understanding the material is very handy.
Be sure to show us your work.

As for a tip for coloring, all you really need with grey is a dark shading. Get some black coloring paste or powder (non-toxic).
(If you want to have brownish shades, get a bit of red paste/powder and mix it with grey.)
When your sculpting is finished, i.e. the basic shapes are done, do this:
1. wet the piece (this helps a lot, giving more time for washing excessive color off))
2. brush on a thin mixture of grey grout + paste + water
3. "wash" all proud parts of the scape with water and paint brush, leaving the nooks and crannies dark.
Do a small bit at a time, starting from the top and moving down.
4. let dry
5. spray with a thinned mixture of acrylic polymer to fix the color.

You just need to find the right rhythm for applying the black and washing it off so that you get the desired tone.
And as in plastering, it's all in the wrist!
Good luck!

And thanks again, people!

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Old 04-01-2011, 08:19 AM   #28 (permalink)
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You are a legend! haha cheers...
I had a bit of a "mad artist" moment and ripped all of what I had done out! Then I took the glass braces off, I figured I wont need them if the water level is gonna be just under half way (for anyone wanting to do this I used dental floss to cut the silicone in the tight joint).
So now I can do all the tricky work outside the tank... hazaar! happy days!
I havent used any foam in this scape... it's all rocks. I supposed they look alot like slate. It's lookin a whole lot better now anyway. I still have some bits to do but I'm very proud of it and very greatful for your tips.
I will get some pics up when im done

Cheers HX67(king of tank DIY)

(oh... For anyone who doesn't know this, the best way for grout to dry is very slowly so it cures properly. I spray mine ever now and then, not too often. This way it should set it's hardest.)
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:06 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Oh, my. Hold the legend and king bit, please.

Happy to have assisted you in spirit and eagerly waiting to see your work!

(Agreeing on your advice on grout i.e. cement curing. Just remember that if any polymer is used, it needs to be dried first, cement cured wet after it)
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Old 04-15-2011, 05:23 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Cool stuff, i like the harry pothead tree thing.. would make a cool PDF tank peice.
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