|I have had these instructions saved for a few years now and I'm finally ready to make them. But, after looking around it seems that some people aren't going by the 'instructions' here as far as the materials to use.
I priced out the surface bonding cement at $21.58 a bag (and it's the only place I've been able to find it). If I use this (has anyone else?) how many bags will I need?
And if you didn't use this, what did you use?
I have started a very nice fairy garden for my girls with paths and a treehouse and would love to get this table set done in the next month or so. Okay - maybe it's more for me but I think you can all understand that LOL
OH! Does anyone have a picture of theirs finsihed? I saw a few unfinished but I was wondering how they looked in place.
|heatherbree, Maybe if you post your saved instructions here possibly someone who have made something like this or similar to this can give you an update on a strong mix that you can use for your project. Sorry I can't help I have never attempted anything to this degree, all I know is that you would need an armature 'mold' like chicken wire for strength, also at least a couple of layers of mix to complete and would take 30 days or more to cure. Hopefully someone with more expertise than I can jump in here. Bet your little girls will be thrilled to have something like this that you have made especially for them! Wendy|
|These are the instructions. I just wonder if I can use something less expensive. This calls for surface bonding cement which is $23 a bag. and if the table is 150 pounds that is 3 bags plus another 2 for the stools. I'd like to make 4 stools so I'd be buying at least 7 bags, maybe 8. It adds up quickly since I'm also finishing their treehouse this summer. |
Toadstool Table and Chairs
Andrea Linebaugh has worn many hats, from stay-at-home mom and wife to restaurant manager and insurance agent, but the one constant in her life is her art. She started out making whimsical gifts for family and friends. One day she decided to take some of her crafts to a local shop to see if they were interested in selling her pieces. Her work was so popular that after a year of consignment sales, they asked her to become a partner in the store. Today she creates clothes, jewelry, and other fanciful items like her fairy wings and toadstool tables for the store.
2. Cover the entire frame with 1/4-inch wire mesh. Cut pieces of wire mesh off the roll. The size and shape of the pieces doesn't matter as long as they fit snuggly when tied down with twisted pieces of 22-gauge wire. Clip pieces of mesh off to keep them from sticking up too far. Create ribs of wire mesh on the underside of the mushroom. These ribs should be hollow and should form large cavities under the mushroom cap. The table should have a minimum of four ribs and a stool should have two or three depending on the diameter. The ribs make the top stronger and help to make its attachment to the base cover a larger area (figure B). Tip: An extremely small diameter stool doesn't require ribs.
4. Begin coating the mushrooms with cement.
6. Before coating the underside and base (inside and out) again, lightly spray it with water (water hose) and let it soak in for a few minutes. This will prevent the dried cement from leaching the moisture out of your application of wet cement and causing it to cure to quickly and therefore weakly. Repeat this each time a new coat is applied to any dried cement (figure E).
9. Allow the mushrooms to dry for two days before painting. Lightly spray it with water several times during this drying period to slow the curing time. This builds a stronger table. Paint the mushroom as desired. Put it up on a table (with help) or paint it on the ground! Paint spots, swirls or stripes to create a whimsical-looking mushroom with a coat or two of paint (figure G). Your imagination is the limit. Tip: Painting the mushroom is really not required if you desire a natural look.
|sounds like alot of work. I am not an expert on this stuff but know that you dont take the finished project weight to figure out how many bags you will need. not sure what that cement is?? But alot of finished weight is the water locked in. |
|I have seen posts here from people who have made the set so I am hoping one of them will see it. |
I didn't realize that there wasn't a pound per pound match from cement to finish item. I just don't want to buy too little for the project or way too much.
|heatherbee-could you just - buy enough ingredients to make the toadstool table first? and go from there-then if you so choose not too go any further with this project you would still end up with a cute mushroom for you garden! |
This is the route I think I would take. -Wendy
|I could but the question is how much do I buy for even the table. |
The place I found it has access to 10 bags and I'd hate to not buy enough and then find out I can't get it anymore.
The others I have seen on here were gray and usesd some kind of patty method but I don't know what mix they used.
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