Discussion in 'Hobbies and Crafts' started by carolyn, Jul 6, 2011.
The smooth stuff. No rocks. And its really easy and fun!
Very neat idea. From the first pictures the leaf didn't look as big, until I saw the picture with you right beside the bird bath. That is a good find to find a leaf that big, perfect for that project.
Hi. Very good and very attractive. I wanted just a quick plain round bath so I cut the top rim and a bit off of a plastic washing up bowl - round but oblong the same. Poured the cement mix in to a few inches depth - left it to go off for a short time then scraped/trowelled out the hollow shape in it - left it to cure. Have had it for years and still in action.
I love it! It is lovely. What do you use for a pedestal? Or does it just set on the ground?
And your son is a very handsome young man, and so good to help you out.
I tried growing rhubarb once, but it just piddled along for a couple of years and died out. I want
to get some more and try again. Someone told me that rhubarb likes sandy soil?
I heard rhubarb can be a very invasive plant sprouting up expanding year after year if it is not contained into one area where you would like it to be grown.
Hi Riccur. My experience with Rhubarb (culinary) over the years is that (here anyway) it is a hardy herbaceous perennial. It is a hefty plant but increases as a clump and does not wander at all. I grow it mainly as a foliage plant- its large leaves look good with suitable companions. My clumps are already 12 inches tall. Syd.
I might consider growing rhubarb some time.
Nice sounds like you are off to a great start. Do you like the taste of rhubard or do you just grow it for the looks? I haven't been around the plant for a long time, I never knew the leaves would change on the plant.
I am going to make one this year but I do need to ask one question. How did you form the chicken wire to the leaf without shifting the sand under the leaf?
There was wire between the leaf and the concrete? I was under the impression the wire went into the middle of the concrete to hold the shape of the concrete.
I'm sorry. Some times I don't word the question where it is understandable. Yes, it is in somewhere in the middle but, I wasn't sure if it would need to be shaped similar to the leaf's shape before placing on the wet concrete or after it was placed. I was worried about disturbing the sand and leaf while I was trying the shape the wire on the wet concrete. I hope this is somewhat clearer.
Oh wow. Those are beautiful. I received one as a gift several years ago. I love it.
Thank you for the directions. Your creations are so beautiful. I do have a question... What do you mean by this statement: "add a pedestal so that the leaf sits up off the ground. I add a fist sized rock as the base of the pedestal. otherwise the pedestal continues to sink or spread out as you are trying to make it."
Thank you and I look forward to your reply.
If you have ever seen the commercially made ones there are pedestals made that you could repurpose if you have broken your original birdbath if you can get the balance right where you make the indent from the pedestal so that it sits without tipping off. just putting rock on the bottom of it works, too.. I just don't want mine sitting with the leaf edges coming in contact with the soil. It makes it hard to enjoy the leaf as an addition to your bed rather than a glob of concrete sunken into the dirt.
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