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DIY Rock Walls
Some people need to venture out into the bush & have a look, a very close look, at some natural rock walls. Then come back & have a look at the one they have built. While I'm sure they're really proud of it, the majority of them look absolutely awful, they look nothing like the real thing. Are people willing to accept mediocrity or do they just have no idea?
- 20-Aug-12, 08:14 AM #2
i better adjust my yard into an African grasslands for my dog while im at it...Life is short, Live large!
You're a grumpy old F@$K. Sounds like you've failed many times so you decide to put others down.
A LOT of people's attempts on here look very realistic.
Last edited by bobby-van; 20-Aug-12 at 02:14 PM.
I have a sympathetic view of this statement, and while I commend those who try their hand at these things, some could certainly benefit from a visit to an actual rockface.
- 20-Aug-12, 09:22 AM #7
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I've personally always had 100% success building fake rock walls.......they all end up looking fake!I'd hate to be a snake, living in the time of humans....
perhaps your missing what some people are attempting? i doubt everyone is try to achieve an exact replica of natural rock, at the end of the day i don't thing the animal's give a hoot what the rock looks like, so the aesthetics of it are left to what the creator desires be it something as close to nature as they can, something they find appealing that matches the color\decor of the house or even just a plain old experiment.
i agree with you that some do look horrible but more often than not they are amateurs and you cant expect a pro build from an amateur but with the right guidance tips and constructive criticism their next build should be better
- 20-Aug-12, 10:04 AM #9
lol to the op, this is the 2nd time you have had a go at these people.. lol your point is people should leave the walls as bare mdf?? or should pay a few hundred bucks a square for proper landscaping rock wall? either way the lizards couldnt give a toss and its great fun building stuff. I have seen a few that look amazing and a few that look poo. bbut seriously op lets see some of these professional creations of yours that gives you the moral high ground to poo poo on others efforts??Most everyone's mad here.........You may have noticed that I'm not all there myself....
That mullet is almost as epic as that snake!
Graaa brug aaaaragh. Figured I'd have a go at speaking troll. If you don't like what people make that's fine but keep your opinions to your self. If you want to give people constructive critism that's fine, give tips on rendering or painting.
All you are doing is putting people off side.
I used to do this stuff as part of my job when building dioramas at the WA Museum. I'm experimenting with a few newer materials atm, and will be very happy to post the info on APS. The last big job I did was for Mowanjum Art Centre out of Derby - about 15m long by 3m high Kimberley rock overhang for the traditional owners to paint their Wandjinas etc on...
But will be able to post some stuff here in the next couple of weeks. Technically not difficult, but the aesthetics escape some people...
- 20-Aug-12, 11:24 AM #12
do you use fiberglass Jamie? im not sure the method but the stein ones come up nice, surely he is using that type of a set up?? im very interested because foam and concrete on massive enclosures seems far to heavy..Most everyone's mad here.........You may have noticed that I'm not all there myself....
That mullet is almost as epic as that snake!
so shane , at 54 years old you must be an expert at making realistic rock walls by now , wheres the pics so you can help guide the younger generation , or do you only criticise when you've never actually tried it for yourself ?
Another way of producing freehand (carved from polystyrene foam) rockwork is to coat the carved form in a liquid epoxy resin, then sprinkle sand of whatever texture & colour you want onto it, 2 or 3 layers, and then tint with washes of colour.
I'll do some examples of this method in the next week or two and put pics up here to see what people think.
Personally, I like the latex based rock walls similar to the Universal Rocks product and will be giving some of these a go for the Lacies outdoor aviaries. Here's a quick pic.
Would be great to see the Mowanjum Art Centre project in more detail, Jamie.
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