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Birdbath bowl --Pic

Posted by suezn5 (My Page) on
Tue, May 30, 06 at 21:20

I've learned so much from this group. Thanks so much for all the great info you have posted. It's time to pay back by sharing a photo. I used Japanese primose leaves on a mound of plastic-covered sand to make this birdbath bowl and painted it with acrylic paints. I left the spray can in the pic so you can see how big it is. Frankly it is a little too big and too heavy for easy cleaning, so I'll probably try making another this summer. Please disregard any toes you see in the photo:)

Here is a link that might be useful: concrete birdbath bowl

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RE: Birdbath bowl --Pic

Great Job on your birdbath and all your leaves as well!
Thanks for sharing the photos!

RE: Birdbath bowl --Pic

That is beautiful. I love how you laid out your leaves. I know what you mean about making it too big. I made one over a round snow sled and even if I could keep the cat out of it, it is way to big and deep. lol


RE: Birdbath bowl --Pic

Very nice! I love the delicate look of the leaves.

RE: Birdbath bowl --Pic

Wow, I love that leaf that you used for the imprint. You did a great job on painting the bowl and your toes.
What color is that on your toes? lol! Billie

RE: Birdbath bowl --Pic

Sue, I love your birdbath bowl. The feathery texture of the leaf imprints and blue & green color make me think of peacock feathers. It's lovely.


RE: Birdbath bowl --Pic

Very nice. I've been planning on trying a birdbath but wasn't sure what to use for a mold. Did you just pile up sand, lay thin sheet of plastic, place your leaves and spread hypertufa over it? How thick is it? More info please.

Thank You.

RE: Birdbath bowl --Pic

Thanks for kind comments everyone.

Pam, I drew a circle the size I wanted the upper rim of the bowl on my work surface. Spread damp sand in it in a pleasing mound. Covered it with plastic. Sprayed the plastic with spray adhesive to hold all the leaves in the position I wanted. THey slipped off the mound if they weren't glued on a little. Starting in the middle I patted the concrete mix over the leaves making the first layer about a half inch thick. I used mesh drywall tape as a reinforcing middle layer, then covered it with more mix. It goes from about 1/2 to nearly 1 inch in the middle. As you can see in the pic, I got carried away a abit and forgot to keep my original circle in mind and it ended up not exactly round. I didn't use hypertufa because I wanted all the fine leaf veins to show and thought straight concrete would be better for that. I used one of the straight-from-the-bag mixes that I just added water to--can't remember exactly which one.

I agree with what so many have said on this forum--just give it a try and you will find out what works for you.

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