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Topic: more animals in my garden... now it's fishes in a fake mini-pond!  (Read 11043 times)
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alhrayth
« on: August 05, 2009 10:33:44 AM »

I was googling some images to get some ideas of what people normally painted on stones - to add to those I recently did, and I stumbled on someone who had painted a fake pond on a huge flat rock... now, I have always wanted one but I never managed to make it, plus I don't really think fishes would last much with my cats (whom I have repeatedly found having some sashimi straight from my uncle's pond...  Wink determined kitties!) so this idea really stuck.
But I had no huge slabs of rock, nor the intention or money to buy one.... enter a chair which we were throwing away, and the seat that had come apart... flat, square.... MINE!!
I bought some primer, some acrylics, I still had the transparent sealer from the rocks... here's what I came up with:

the whole seat - don't ask me what material it is made of, because I don't really know. it's not wood, not metal, not plastic... I only know it is virtually indestructible, so I was not afraid to use it for this.
I didn't have a proper reference picture (I hadn't saved it!) so I just started and went with my inspiration. I'm shocked that the fish are not as terrible or cartoon-y as I expected them to be


fishies


I had these flat gray "rocks" that have a proper name but I don't know it in English which I had put down as stepping stones in the front garden, but were constantly hidden by stuff growing... so I picked them up and gave them a new use as the border of the "pond":


checking that it responds well to water


from further away - I know I need to rake up the fig leaves


from my bedroom window it looks very tiny but almost real!


I am loving this project a lot right now.... but comments & critics are welcome as always!
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madamemel
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009 10:43:01 AM »

That's cool!! Cheesy I don't think I've ever seen anything like it before. You did a fantastic job on the fish and the water. I hope it holds up to the weather okay!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009 10:50:26 AM »

Super duper cool...it totally rocks!...click!
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009 11:48:52 AM »

Wow!  Shocked What a cool idea! *rocks*
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2009 11:49:04 AM »

This is beautiful. I would love something like that in my yard...
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2009 11:56:01 AM »

Your pond is so AWESOME!  I love it!  You have truly inspired me to try something like this.  Thank you so much!
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009 01:27:00 PM »

I love it!  It's such a cute idea!  We do have a "real" pond in our backyard with feeder goldfish that have gotten huge (why buy expensive Koi?).  But, luckily, my cat stays inside.  Did lose some of the fish when they were small by passing birds! 

Now, you need to come up with some other "fake" things, like a stream with trout or frogs!   

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2009 03:59:08 PM »

aww so cute
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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2009 05:28:52 PM »

I like it!  Wonder if you'll attract hungry herons...  <S>
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2009 05:41:26 PM »

This is awesome! You should make a really big one though Smiley
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