Garden rock

drtdgrOctober 7, 2012

I was inspired by Chris Emmett's rocks to finally make one.

It still needs to be grouted, although the thinset really almost filled it in.

I used contact paper and set the tesserae into the thinset, but just could not wait for the thinset to dry, and almost immediately peeled it off. That's why the thinset looks so pitted.

Can you use just thinset and not grout? Of course, this would be outside.

I was thinking of adding some leaves too - looks a little unfinished to my eye.

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That is cool. I like it a lot and it makes me want to do a rock too. I agree; some green leaves, maybe three, would compliment the pink.

Yes, you can use thinset and not grout. I believe one of our most knowledgeable posters, especially on outdoor stuff, Slowmedown, would use thinset AS grout sometimes. I have used regular grout on outdoor pieces and they are still okay, but I'm pretty sure I remember her saying that using thinset as grout was the surest way of making it permanent.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:04PM
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Yay! Thanks, Silva. It really would make the process a lot faster to just use thinset. Susan

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 11:15PM
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i love your garden rock! i've been wanting to try one too. yours is great. and i kinda like the rough look of the grout!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 6:45PM
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Thank you, wishdish! I want to make a lot more. I love rocks. I plant to give them for Christmas gifts - I'd better get going on that.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 7:31AM
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Your rock is really pretty. I picked up a few last year to do and they still sit where I piled them.Too many other projects in the works. I need to get some thinset. So far I have only used silicone. I like the look of the dark thinset as grout.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:18PM
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Looks great! This too, is on the To Do List!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 8:03PM
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Yes that turned out nice .I want to do one also maybe one of these days!! Yes I use thin set a lot for out door stepping stones.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 9:37PM
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Very pretty!

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 12:05AM
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Thanks everyone! I'll post more pics as I make more - Susan

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 7:47AM
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