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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 17, 2011
1:22 PM

Post #8697988

Greetings!

Thought I would stop by and share my latest project, though I actually
posted it on another forum here at Dave's:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1192265/

Karen

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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 17, 2011
1:26 PM

Post #8697992

A variation on a similar project, though not a planter, but a sphere.

The sphere was made by simply spraying a glass globe from a light
fixture with cooking oil, then cramming in concrete. Once dry, the glass
was carefully cracked and removed from the ball.

Karen

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 17, 2011
5:51 PM

Post #8698460

Very cute. I can't wait to try this one day soon.
jab91864
Northern Michigan, MI
(Zone 5a)

July 18, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8700322

Great idea on the light bulb!!!!!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 18, 2011
5:40 PM

Post #8700530

Hi Jab, the second project was not a light bulb, but rather a large
glass fixture from a lighted unit.

Picture a basketball made of glass.

:-) Karen
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

July 19, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8702102

That was a great idea for making a sphere! (one that I could copy at some time in the future :-) )
Passionflowerz
Punta Gorda, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 31, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8728408

Wuvie, very nice bowl-and I love the grey treefrog sitting on the rim!
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2011
6:14 PM

Post #8728461

Thank you, Flowerz!
wandygirl
Brookfield, CT

August 30, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8785257

Did you have to bribe him with flies and crickets to get him to pose for you like that?
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 31, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8787638

LOL Wandy,

We have so many frogs around here, but they are spoiled rotten. All I ask in exchange
for their rent is an occasionl (okay, a frequent) posing.

Most of the time, they are happy to pose, but sometimes I find one that absolutely does
not want a photo session. Then there are those who seem to look you right in the eye.
They are such fun.

biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

January 24, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #8981310

WUVIE wrote:Greetings!

Thought I would stop by and share my latest project, though I actually
posted it on another forum here at Dave's:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1192265/

Karen

Post #8697988

Love the hypertufa bowl, but think I love the frog even more! Bonus!


fbded
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7a)

January 29, 2012
10:39 AM

Post #8986631

Hi
Love it, but forget the bowl how did you do the
frog?

ANNIE
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 1, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #8991233

LOL Annie,

The frog is but one of many that live here, in the greenhouse, under the deck, in
the trees, you get the picture. LOL. We love them!
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

February 21, 2012
1:47 PM

Post #9014944

Post #8981310

Dear Wuvie,

I had a go first with the bowl shape, but like you, I used a mold for that. Then I attempted the tall planter with a wire frame and built it with twisted newspaper and the mixture of shredded paper and cement. Tomtom was my inspiration! but it worked out different - I guess we all have our own way of doing things?

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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

February 27, 2012
6:30 AM

Post #9021656

Very cool, so glad you shared this with us! Can't wait to see what you make next!
PrairieFolly
Flint Hills, KS
(Zone 5b)

April 6, 2012
12:30 AM

Post #9071519

Is it ok to add on to this thread?

Wuvie, your bowl is so smooth, and the edge doesn't look flat -- like the top of a mold usually does?. How did you do it? It is gorgeous.

I like the big planter biddy52 made too. It's texture makes me think of bark. It is great to see these pics. I tried some things last summer but mostly ended up with a mess. I had plastic bag texture on one, and newspaper sticking out of another. But I'm ready to start again. Both these projects look like you worked the surface while the cement was still soft? PF
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9071726

Hi Prairie, absolutely okay, glad you joined in!

On this thread: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1192265/ we discussed the glass bowls
that were used to achieve the nice, smooth edges.

Here is a link to my Instructable, for detailed instructions and photos:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-to-make-concrete-bowls-and-planters/

:-) Hope you will join in and make some with us!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 30, 2012
8:55 AM

Post #9144774

Wuvie, or anyone else, have you ever made any large planters? say, 3' tall/deep? I'd like a couple of big commercial-type planters. I have wooden raised beds, but think a hypertufa planter would be much easier. But since I've never done this… I don't know if it is limited to smaller types of planters.

katiebear
mulege
Mexico

May 30, 2012
11:10 AM

Post #9144944

I've made large planters out of concrete. For tufa you might want to use some reinforcement like chicken wire. kb

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 1, 2012
5:21 AM

Post #9147308

i've been thinking of Concrete but worried about the ability to move it into place.

PrairieFolly
Flint Hills, KS
(Zone 5b)

June 1, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9147429

Wuvie! Thanks, I am back and ready to start cement and tufa stuff! Loved your links!.
Prairie
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

June 29, 2012
10:44 PM

Post #9187078

PrairieFolly wrote:Is it ok to add on to this thread?

Wuvie, your bowl is so smooth, and the edge doesn't look flat -- like the top of a mold usually does?. How did you do it? It is gorgeous.

I like the big planter biddy52 made too. It's texture makes me think of bark. It is great to see these pics. I tried some things last summer but mostly ended up with a mess. I had plastic bag texture on one, and newspaper sticking out of another. But I'm ready to start again. Both these projects look like you worked the surface while the cement was still soft? PF

Sorry Prairie Folly, I only just realised I had your message here. Yes, as this is all I have done so far - one batch - I got a little wiser with each piece. On the big pot, I patted the surface so that it smoothed and tried to keep any paper pulp under the surface. I read up on the process again, and I realised I didn't have the paper "pulped" anywhere near enough. I think putting it through a blender with a lot of water in batches might help, although time consuming. I had shredded the paper in a paper shredder first, but it was still not pulped.
I also made a couple of mushrooms, not sure if I have put them through on Dave's Garden, and can't see where to add the photo from this page. I will give it a go. I appreciate your lovely comments.
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

June 29, 2012
10:48 PM

Post #9187079

Post #8981310

Here are my first attempt at papertufa mushrooms, which I of course mosaiced.

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9188040

Well, isn't that creativity. Those are wonderful.
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

July 2, 2012
3:46 PM

Post #9190391

plantsforpeg wrote:Well, isn't that creativity. Those are wonderful.


Thank you for your comment!
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

July 2, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #9190394

biddy52 wrote:

Thank you for your comment! A bit of whimsy!


biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

July 3, 2012
4:58 PM

Post #9191855

WUVIE wrote:Greetings!

Thought I would stop by and share my latest project, though I actually
posted it on another forum here at Dave's:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1192265/

Karen


I just saw the same photo of your project and frog on http://www.instructables.com/.
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

July 4, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #9193144

Hi Biddy,

Yes, that is my happy little frog. He gets around. LOL. I love Instructables!
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

October 29, 2012
1:01 PM

Post #9319269

Adding to this post - Post #9014944

Thought you might like to see it with plants!

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