Cement leaf sculpture

Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

Just wanted to share my "leaf". It is about 24" x 30" and is made from hardware cloth and Grancrete.
I wish I had a dozen of these in my yard, even just one makes me feel like a bug in the leaf mulch!
This was designed to sit on the ground and catch water for the California quail to enjoy.

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mulege, Mexico

Great job. kb

Cherry Grove, OH(Zone 6b)

That looks very attractive, you did a beautiful job. :)

If they hold water, what do you do for mosquito control? I can't leave standing water around without breeding swarms of the little monsters. Maybe it's not as big a problem in your climate or do you use dunks perhaps?

Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

It's not deep enough to be a problem, it will dry up inbetween waterings. I do have a pond and several "bog pots" though. They either have fish in them or gravel on top. I do use dunks if I see larva, but I don't really have too much trouble with mosquitos as my yard dries pretty good inbetween waterings.

Newburgh, IN(Zone 6a)

These are beautiful.

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

These are beautiful.

Wish I had them in my yard...LOL

Jan

Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

Thank-you. I'm working on a "leaf table-top fountain" at present. Using a different method, molding in silicone rubber. It's a bit nerve racking, a two part chemical process. But I have hopes it will prove to be a really nice way to do it. I'll post when it's done.

Brooksville, FL(Zone 9a)

I sure hope you are taking pictures to share with us. I would love to see it when you finish and then get to see your progress pictures of your work.

Jan

Jones Creek, TX(Zone 9a)

I love this. I'm waiting for my elephant ears to get big enough to do a 3 stage fountain. I'll be sure and take pictures while I do them if I get to it this year.

Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

WillowWasp - Did you see my three stage fountain in the post a few down from this one? One of the best ideas I had was to make a reservoir UNDER the bottom leaf. I did this by simply using a dollar store plastic bowl and after molding the tufa leaf I put the bowl on top (which is the bottom really) and them cementing over the bowl. If you position it properly you can leave a large enough "hole" near the top of the leaf to get the pump in. Then you can thread the tubing up through the leaf to the top of the fountain. It's always a good idea to have a good size water reservoir for the fountain so if it gets hot and it evaporates, or if you have an animal come drink it all, there is still some water left for the pump.

Jones Creek, TX(Zone 9a)

Yes I saw it and it was a great inspiration. I had seen a couple sometime ago and always wanted to do one. Since you were able to accomplish this I'm sure there's hope for me to do it...thanks for sharing.

Glendale, AZ(Zone 9b)

I wish you had done a HOW TO VIDEO as you created this. Never having worked with this kind of product or idea, it would be WONDERFUL to see how it is done. The leaf is beautiful. I so admire someone who can create things like this. I don't seem to have gotten the creative gene. DARN !

Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

cactusjumper - I think you'd be surprised what you could create. Working with cement is basically finding, or creating a form to pour the cement in or on. I've even made sculptures using fake leaves from the craft store. Look up "tufa" cement online, I bet there are lots of "how to" videos. It requires more technical knowledge than any artistic talent. I make pots using dollar store plastics and balls using balloons, it's a fun medium.

South Lake Tahoe, CA(Zone 6a)

Post photos if you can Dee

Jones Creek, TX(Zone 9a)

SP I have not done one of these yet. I am working on a mosaic fountain and it has been more than I anticipated but I have pretty well taken step by step photos and will post when I'm done. This was a practice piece just to see how it would go and what mistakes I might avoid later. This is made with broken dishes I got at yard sales, resale shops and stuff friends no longer wanted. It has been fun by time staking.

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Jones Creek, TX(Zone 9a)

Sorry thought the photo was done....LOL

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Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

I like your tile work. Last thing I tiled was a bowling ball.

South Lake Tahoe, CA(Zone 6a)

nice photo and nicely done as well... love the design.
thanks for sharing

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