Making a rock planter

Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Started out with a mold and wire screen

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Formed the wire over the mold

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Covered the mold with plastic

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Outside mold and newspaper

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Screening the peat moss to remove sticks

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

assembling the materials
Mixing pan, fibers, concrete additive, Portland, Vermiculite, Peat, gloves, measuring cup and color dyes.

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NORTH CENTRAL, PA(Zone 5a)

Rump Bump show us more. You have a great body form for the art craft you are showing. Your pix are very well done. Thanks.

Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Mixing the solution
One cup concrete additive purchased at Lowe's, and hand full fibers to gallon of water.
The fibers can be obtained at a local concrete distributor.

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Mixing the recipe. I used portland, shreded paper and peat moss. one part each.

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Placed the pot form inside the outer form.
Started packing twisted newspaper around the sides.
Keep at least two inches for cement.

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Cement added to cover the entire pot and formed inside newspaper

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Form inverted and dumped on a piece of foam.

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Newspaper removed and still resting on foam pillow.
Will now turn over and start decorating it to look like a rock.
When finished you can use it as a rock or a pot.

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Adding color

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

The color is added by way of a cement slurry. Straight cement with dye and water added and splashed on with a brush. Color brown added.

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Color Buff added

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Mesilla Park, NM

This is great, I've been away from here for awhile. I don't if I'm supposed to post on here or not. But I love that you are showing how to make this from the very beginning. Thank you.. I may try this.

NORTH CENTRAL, PA(Zone 5a)

I really like the earth tones peeping through. Patiently waiting for the finish shots.

Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Charcoal color added

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Red color added. Next step is wire brush until the other colors blend thrugh. Hope it works for all the time spent on it.

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Newport News, VA(Zone 11)

Wow! Theres nothing Ted cant do!

(AnjL) Fremont, CA(Zone 9b)

oooh! OOOH! hurry up with that wire brush step... I cant wait to see the results! This is way too cool! Thanks for sharing!

Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Great job Ted.
;)

Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Thanks. Wire brushed it today

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Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

Now I turned it over it changed from a rock to a pot. Next one I will reverse the last two colors so the indents will be black while the red will show through when brushing.

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Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Ted, wonderful job on the instruction step by step. Could you please share a little more information on the 'fibers' that you use, so for those of us that are seriously consider this project will know to go about making our own?
Many thanks.
Kim

Mesilla Park, NM

Ted, that came out great. It looks like a volcanic rock.. I bet some of those would make a great fountain.

NORTH CENTRAL, PA(Zone 5a)

Ted................I really appreciate your offering of your talents. That is one very nice job you just shared. I'm still backed up on a major patio happening but by crackies I shall try to mimic your project sometime later this summer. You licked one problem by leaving the pot in place. No need to wait. You can plant right away if you wish.

If the pot were removed and curing time as well as the cement chemistry getting settled down were an issue what else would you do?

Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

I have it so you can remove it come cold weather to bring into the plant room.
Also you can insert it for a brace if used as a rock for support.

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NORTH CENTRAL, PA(Zone 5a)

My two cents.................This seems better in all respects than planting directly in the created cement. Thanks again.

Kingston, OK(Zone 7a)

My Rock LOL

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Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Very pretty Ted.
;)

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