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Post  bucknbonsai on Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:38 pm

Does anyone know of any good sites or have any info on making LARGE slabs or large artificial rocks for planting on. Hyperfuta and plain cement weigh so much that large size is not an option. I have some old books that mention fiberglass mesh and cement fondue. I can not find cement fondue anywhere, is there something in America that is the same thing? Would a thin layer of cement or cement fondue stick to a fiberglass/resin form to give it a "rock" look, or does the cement have to be integrated into the wire ect. to stay on? thanks.

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Re: lightweight artificial rocks/slabs

Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:44 pm

I believe that "Bonsai Today" magazine did a feature with Chase Rosade creating lightweight artificial slabs and big stones. I'm not sure which issue, but I remember reading it a few times.
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Post  bucknbonsai on Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:51 pm

thanks, i found a page about it on the Rosade bonsai studio website in the past but it was just some pictures with no real information.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:55 pm

The article in the magazine shows a pretty good step by step "how to" with some good photos. Very Happy

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:17 pm

Colin Lewis' "The Art of Bonsai Design" has good how-to info (p. 46). I haven't visited Colin's website for some time, but he used to have full details on making slabs on his old one.

How large is LARGE?

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Post  bucknbonsai on Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:21 pm

3-5 feet long slabs or stones 1x2x2 feet about. Thanks, I believe I have that book, and if I remember correctly I couldnt find the materials he used. cement fondue is something we dont have in the USA I think, but im sure something would work as a substitute.

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