Dragon Stone

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by johnny70, 20 Mar 2008.

  1. johnny70

    johnny70 Member

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    I have had a delivery of Dragon Stone today from AquaEssential, lovely rock but a couple of the pieces are quite big :wideyed: I'm wanting them for a nano scape(54ltr) that i'm going to be doing, is it easy to split of break? I don't want to just hack at it and make a mess of the stuff, any tips?

    Cheers
    JOHNNY
     
  2. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    A hammer and bolster. ;)
    If align your chissle following the grain and hit it then it will split quite naturally. Generally i find that rock breaks up well and you'll end up with some really nice pieces.
     
  3. johnny70

    johnny70 Member

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    Excellent, thanks Dan :)

    JOHNNY
     
  4. afroturf

    afroturf Member

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    I've tried with Dragon stone, I first got some about a year ago and found some pieces impossible to break with a hammer and chisel. But others broke quite easily and as Dan said they break with the direction of the wholes.

    I also found that with most of the stones I broke were a different less attractive colour on the side that has split, don’t know if this was the same for Dan but with mine the original colour was a pale sandy colour but the ones I broke had a bluely grey colour to the broken side.

    So I’d try a small section to see if the same colours appear on yours in case you don't like it.
     
  5. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    I didn't notice that but sounds like a good idea to test it first.
     
  6. bugs

    bugs Member

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    This may sound a bit daft, however, when you first try and break it place the stone on something soft (such as a folded towel). This lessens the shock on the stone when you hit the chisel, reducing the risk of shattering the stone and increasing your chances of breaking along a clean line. Reduce the level of cushioning if you find that the stone does not break at first.
     
  7. TDI-line

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    Try breaking the rock with a hammer and bolster, and place on a grass lawn.

    This is how i break bricks for a clean cut.
     
  8. Lisa_Perry75

    Lisa_Perry75 Member

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    I did this on my "mini" landscaping rocks from AE. I had one nice one and one large ugerly one. Took the fiances chisel and hammer to it. Was too scared... Got him to do it and ended up with 5 nice rocks :D
     
  9. johnny70

    johnny70 Member

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    Thanks for the replies, will find out an old chisel :wideyed:

    Cheers,
    JOHNNY
     
  10. TDI-line

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    Remember to use a stone chisel, not a wood one. ;) :D
     

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