The ultimate goal is to have 3-4 sizes of faux koi ponds available for customers. I am starting with a small slab with molded 3D clay images approximately 24”x18”. After the first mold, the cement one is created. I believe in always researching for better and more cost effective supplies to create durable lightweight faux koi ponds. That includes finding the b
To help defray the costs of developing something new that I believe is not available in the world for gardens, I am turning to Crowd Funding.
Why Am I Creating Faux Koi Ponds?
I would never had thought of creating faux koi ponds. Working in metal has served me well in my art career making a good living for about 20 years, many of which were 6 figure income years. With the advent of my husband’s health problems escalating over a period of 5 years, it became evident that we needed to move. A year ago sold most everything and from Washington to California to be closer to our children.
We closed down the metal artwork business not knowing what was next to earn a living as artists. My husband can no longer physically help me with the art business. This last year has been spent getting settled in our new home in Rio Vista CA., getting the doctor care needed and adjusting to a new kind of living.
An artist is always an artist. My intention is to build back to being a thriving artist. I am always experimenting with different modalities and supplies. A friend gave us a small painted tile of a koi pond. Our dear friends next door asked if I would create a koi pond for them. This lead me to creating more for neighbors and friends.
In preparation for creating their pond, I painted on small tiles of various sizes to practice on. (see some of these at: http://picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24747104 )
Next I purchased a light weight resin faux rock from Home Depot to get ready for the first commissioned one. It is lightweight and easy to ship. My intent is to create flatter slabs out of durable cement/fiberglass which would offer clients more choices.
For the creation of my first Faux Koi Pond commission, my clients purchased and brought the heavy granite slab to me. It was placed on the strongest table we have, our dining table, to paint.
This is the finished commissioned Faux Koi Pond on the slab ready for the landscape company to set it with rocks and foliage to finish the effect. It is waiting to be installed in their garden by a creative landscape company.
I see the advantages of being able to create strong, lightweight faux koi ponds as a new art business. My intent is to create 3D faux koi ponds from cement/fiberglass that are 3/4" thick. Easy to pick up and deliver. They will be strong and durable for outside.
In addition the he added advantage of what I create is placing Reiki healing energy in the artwork to enhance people's lives for peace.
What are the advantages of faux koi ponds?
#1- The Koi Fish do not need to be fed.
#2- The water does not need to be cleaned.
#3- Predators of Koi fish will not be able to eat the fish. ( Years ago I created a real koi pond, and the raccoons ate my fish!)
#4- Lightweight Koi ponds can be moved to new locations when one relocates.
#5- They are pieces of original artwork by an artist who is an International artist with artwork in collections around the world.
#6- The Faux Koi ponds are unique conversational pieces.
#7- Lightweight faux ponds can be delivered easily to customers.
#8- They are cost efficient pieces of artwork.
#9 - Perfect for drought resistant areas.
#10- They may also be something that could be hung securely on a wall.
Developing new products takes time, effort, and trial and error. My research has lead me to start with products by a company called Trinic. They will create a special mix to produce a durable hard surface to paint on and a backing that is lightweight cement/fiberglass. The faux ponds will only be ¾ inch thick vs. 1-2 “ of regular rock slabs.