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rubarb leaf casting

Posted by izzie (My Page) on
Sat, May 30, 09 at 12:33

You all are so cleaver I thought maybe someone on this sight knows how to do this, using a rubard leaf and a cement mixture you can either make a stepping stone or I have also seen a bird bath made with this method.

What are the steps?
I saw one made by a friend of a friend of a friend and was told to make bird bath to mound up sand. How do you place the leaf to get impression?

What to use for cement mixture?

What can it be painted with?

What kind of paint would be safe for birds?

I saw you could use the cement coloring, but how much would you need for 1 large leaf molding?

Your directions on how to do this would be greatly appreciated.


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RE: rubarb leaf casting

You need to go to the hypertufa forum for this project. Go to the bottom and do a search for leaf. Lots of different threads will show up.
Seelink below
kathy

Here is a link that might be useful: hypertufa forum


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RE: rubarb leaf casting

Thank you. I had no idea what hypertufa was, or even to look there..guess I do now.


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RE: rubarb leaf casting

I made concrete (not hypertufa) leaves last year using Quikcrete purchased at Lowe's. I added a bottle of concrete fortifier, also sold at Lowe's.

I started by mounding a pile of sand (I used my granddaughter's sandbox), then I laid the leaf face down on the mound of sand and filled sand in around it, smoothing the leaf down so it doesn't have folds in it.

From there, I added handfuls of Quikcrete (mixed with water and the bonding agent/fortifier...using the whole bottle of fortifier). I layered handfuls of the concrete mixture on the back side of the leaf and patted it smooth with my hand (use gloves)...make it fairly thick so it is strong enough. Smooth the concrete out with your hands and shape it at the edges of the leaves.

Then just leave it sit at least overnight...maybe a little longer...cover it with a tarp or something if it's hot or rainy.

After it's had a chance to dry, carefully tip it over and let it dry a couple more days. You can brush off any extra sand around the edges with a whisk broom. The leaf will be stuck to the concrete, but as the concrete leaf dries, the real leaf will dry up and can be brushed off.

From there, you can stain it or paint it or just leave it concrete-color. You'll be amazed how easy it is. BTW, I also made some using the same technique with smaller leaves and plaster of paris. They turned out nicely, too.

Good luck!


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RE: rubarb leaf casting

Go to Garden Accoutrements over on Garden web - to the FAQ section and you will learn everything you need to know about leaf castings .....it is so much fun!!!!!


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RE: rubarb leaf casting

Izzie did you make a leaf? (By the way I re read my post and I didn't mean to sound so harsh! I just meant to tell you where there is info...)
kathy


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RE: rubarb leaf casting

We made rhubarb leaf stepping stones many years ago. We used concrete, not hypertufa, and reinforced them with wire mesh.

Here's a link on how to make a leaf casting: http://www.gardensandcrafts.com/leafcastings.html

Here's a link with instructions for a leaf stepping stone. This is pretty much how we made ours.

Here is a link that might be useful: instructions for leaf stepping stones


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RE: rubarb leaf casting

Concrete your post was fine..no I haven't gotten around tuit! I've just had too much house stuff to do. I bought the supplies I am hoping to get around tuit before winter.


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