Totem Question

puggranny(Zone 8)January 27, 2011

I keep looking at all the neat totems and have a question. Some do it with everything turned upside down so water does not gather in them. I also see some that are not turned like the ones with a cup one top. I would like opions on which way is better.

Thanks

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marylee_2010

That's a good question. I hadn't thought of that. That would be a good thing to know before making a totem. I have been gathering bowls and saucers and pitchers, etc but haven't put anything together yet.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2011 at 7:15PM
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mary2010(9 FL)

I think its personal preference. I like to do mine with the plates right side up for aesthetic reasons. I do seal any openings in teapots so that water does not collect in them. I do have one customer who requests that I design hers with the plates down so the water does not collect. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2011 at 9:00PM
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garden-potter

I think it also depends on what climate you live in. I'm in Ohio and if I want to keep my totems out all year, I cannot have water collect on them that would freeze and possibly crack the glass. You wouldn't want to keep anything out all year that holds water if you're in a freezing climate; otherwise, just remember to bring them in before the first frost.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shabby Garden Creations

    Bookmark   January 27, 2011 at 9:39PM
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puggranny(Zone 8)

Thank you all for the knowledge!!!! You are always so helpful with us newbies!!!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2011 at 11:38PM
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kirkus(5a)

Great question, Puggranny! I think it is personal preference as well. I agree with garden-potter and freezing temperatures. I place my dishes upside down. Up north here, the standing water causes water stains on more transparent pieces...the stains are difficult to remove. I am constantly scrubbing out the transparent blue birdbath dish. I love totems! Here are 2 I made. :o) Bear Hugs! Kirk

    Bookmark   January 27, 2011 at 11:41PM
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marylee_2010

I also thank everyone for the helpful information. And Kirk, your totems are beautiful. I also like your bottle tree. I like the shape of it. Did you make the sculpture? It is awesome. - Marylee

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 1:22AM
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kirkus(5a)

Thank you, Marylee! I bought the tree several years ago through Collections, Etc. WE LOVE IT! :o) Here's another view. Bear Hugs! Kirk

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 1:35AM
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marylee_2010

Kirk, that tree is so neat. I love it, too. Marylee

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 9:12AM
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jeannespines

I've only made a few...for myself & a couple gifts ...I need to have the plates turned down ...because of accumulation of "stuff in the air" (I guess you'd call it)...& our Winter's here (like Kirk & Potter above).

This one I keep on my porch (covered area):

This one is a birdbath & I spray it out occassionally plus cannot stay out in Winter:

Close-up:

The one I keep on my potting table...a lovely bowl dish & bird...gets all yucked up & then I have to use bleach water...I can't find pic right now...but it's worth the work, (I guess)

So, if I make more, it would be "plates down" for outside area..."up" for covered or protected areas ...but that's cause I live in Iowa. Have fun! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 10:13AM
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jeannespines

I found the pic this afternoon...this is what the "yucked up" bird bowl looks like out in the weather...uggh!

And this is how it looked when it's clean!

So, FYI, depends on where you're going to put the totems! LOL! I'm with Mary2010...aesthetically, I like the look of the plates turned UP! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 5:52PM
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crazyone

LOVE the totems and birdbaths.. wow , inspirations to recycle and find treasures.. thanks for sharing

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 6:21PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

I love the upward look. Just know I want to leave things out all winter so its not for me.
Kathy

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 9:43AM
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poama1

would any of you please share how you seal the spouts of teapots so water will not collect? Do you use other novelty items with large openings?

Here is a link that might be useful: garden junk forum

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 9:38AM
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