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Oct 13, 2015 9:26 PM CST
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Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I found a piece of sandstone in the yard an carved it into a heart shape. But it is really crumbly. So I was wondering if I could coat it with some sort of clear finish to help keep it from continuing to flake away? I think it would keep it from being sparkly though? any thoughts?
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Oct 14, 2015 2:01 AM CST
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It seems like the finish would help.

I did google "how to preserve sandstone" and got lots of hits so you might want to try that.

We would love to see a photo of your heart Lovey dubby
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Oct 14, 2015 10:17 AM CST
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Missouri (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
well why didn't I think of that ! Rolling my eyes.
I will google and see what I find. pics when I get around to it
Thanks!
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Oct 14, 2015 10:49 AM CST
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Jan 15, 2016 1:42 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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I'd love to see your heart! I wonder how it would be to 'pot' it in resin? It would never deteriorate that way. There are small boxes of resin for sale in the hobby shops. I have some, but haven't used it yet. I understand bubbles are the hardest thing when using this stuff.

I recently noticed a piece of flagstone that was about 3ft by 3ft and it had a circle carved out of the center of it. It was being used as a garden sculpture. Now I'm tempted to get a flagstone and cut it out that way. I'd fill the center with a stained glass work. I'd have to situate it in a very protected place because we get high winds. Does that sound like it would work?
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Jan 17, 2016 5:57 PM CST
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Missouri (Zone 6a)
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sounds nice, but how will you get the hole in it?
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Jan 17, 2016 8:25 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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We've got as many tools as a hardware store, so I'm sure if I mark it out, my husband can cut it with something! We have things with diamond blades and that would probably be what is needed. We've cut flagstones to fit in a patio, so I'm sure he can cut a hole in one.
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Feb 5, 2016 8:20 PM CST
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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Frillylily said:I found a piece of sandstone in the yard an carved it into a heart shape. But it is really crumbly. So I was wondering if I could coat it with some sort of clear finish to help keep it from continuing to flake away? I think it would keep it from being sparkly though? any thoughts?


I saw a clear pourable epoxy countertop. Hard as cement..clear...encased wine corks..and another with coins in it..very clear. The fellow that ran the shop (flooring, counters) told me the countertop was filled with a pourable epoxy.
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Feb 5, 2016 9:00 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Region: Ukraine Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Plays in the sandbox
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Frillylilly, clear pourable epoxy is a good idea. I've used it a tiny bit, but my main trouble was keeping the bubbles out. I understand you can get rid of bubbles by breathing on them, or heating them with a hair dryer. I plan to "pot" some of my mosaics to see how it goes. I'll let you know!
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