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Old 01-11-2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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Polished stone fireplace surround

Hi everyone, so glad to find this forum! I'm in the process of building a house and will be using my collection of petoskey stones for my fireplace surround. In order to know what they look like I had to seal them ( for those that don't know, the petoskey stone looks like a silver/gray stone when dry and has tons of detail when wet).
The stones range in size from golf ball to softball. Most have a rounded shape.
My question is how on earth do I adhere them to the wall?
Thanks for any advice!
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:13 PM   #2
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Like these?

Aren't they a form of fossilized coral?

Cool idea.

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Old 01-13-2018, 04:23 AM   #3
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I visited Petoskey Michigan when I was a kid and found one of them in the dirt. It had a plant fossil on the other side, so it was a twofer...

Thinset cement will bond perfectly

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Old 01-15-2018, 08:10 AM   #4
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That's it. Yes, a fossilized coral. The photo you attached is actually showing petoskey stones that have been sliced and placed on a backing making 12 x 12 tiles. The ones I have are whole and smooth.
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Thanks ClayCarson! Just to clarify, these stones are rounded and have been sealed so, no rough areas. Will the Thinset still work?
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Thanks ClayCarson! Just to clarify, these stones are rounded and have been sealed so, no rough areas. Will the Thinset still work?
Yes, thinset cement is specially designed to be about the stickiest cement out there. You could sand/roughen up the back of each stone to be 100% sure, but as long as packs of elephants won't be tromping down on it, high quality thinset should work.

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Old 01-21-2018, 06:37 PM   #7
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Thanks Claycarson! Hopefully no elephants will ever tromp on my fireplace surround! I will head to the hardware store and invest in a Dremel tool so I can be certain my surround won't fall apart. I really appreciate your advice and will post photos when it's done. Will be a few months tho'.
Thanks again to everyone who responded and especially to Clay!
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