A few years ago I harvested some stones from a creek-bed while out dirt biking, thinking I would engrave on them. Turns out they didn’t laser well at all, and I put them aside.
About six months ago I found them, sprayed them matte black with some krylon, and put them aside to dry.
Yesterday I found them again.
Finally, while walking the dog last night, I carefully placed them in select locations around my neighborhood. Multi-year project complete!
What a neat Idea and putting them around the neighborhood, just hope the children don’t return them via a throw.
I don’t live in a big city, this is a glorified farm town. There are already plenty of landscaping rocks, xeriscaping rocks, river-rock features, and regular ole’ “just settin’ on the ground” rocks. I’m not even remotely worried about one of these being the catalyst for a vandalistic throw.
I’d probably definitely keep a rock if I found a message on it like this. Really cool for any age if you ask me
You know that paint dries in much less than 6 months, right?
The can says 12 minutes but I got distracted.
The main “littering” complaint stems from people putting them off of trails in protected lands, like national/state parks. There are people who go out looking for these, much like geocaching. So that is more than the normal amount of footprints off of the regulated trails. I have seen quite a bit of damage in some sensitive places. My advisor at UNLV was doing work studying cryptogamic soils and a bunch of college frat brats decided to have a kegger at the site and destroyed hundreds of years worth of soil creation. I, personally, don’t see these as a big problem, but I can understand how site owners might object.
I found one in my neighborhood painted like a shark the other day, but I couldn’t get to my phone, so I couldn’t snap a picture.
I found that when engraving dark rocks that ended up with zero contrast, I was able to get the engraving to show up by rubbing a bit of gold acrylic paint in the engraved area and wiping it off the surrounding bit.
Love your phrases!
I think that is so cool! Maybe if you painted them brighter colors, they’d be easier to be found. Just a thought.
There’s a group in my area (Kitsap Rocks) that paints rocks and leaves them around the area in gardens and such with the intent of making folks smile… found one in my yard a few years ago & a neighbor told me the idea is to then “rehome” it…
I found a rock a few years ago that someone pained the word “Faith”on. It was at a dark time in my life and I still have that rock…out on display. Brings me a sense of peace every time I see it. I absolutely love your project!!!
Ha! 12 minutes, good luck with paint drying in…
Great idea ! Hi we have spoken before abs I’m not one to step out of the box , but .
Was wondering can I pre paint on the wood I choose then mask and engrave it cut ?
Using acrylic paint either from Home Depot or Michael’s .
And maybe one day I can use your idea … once I get really comfortable…
Oh Yeah! You can get a wider range of texture/color results.
Go ahead and make “mistakes”, it’s all learning. You will probably come up with an interesting effect we would never have otherwise seen. Some of my best work has not come out as planned, thank goodnes…it came out better.