I've been wanting a couple of these split rock plants but couldn't find a matching pot. I decided to slap together a suitably bizzaro planter out out of hypertufa. Here's 3 photos of what too much coffee and a Saturday afternoon yielded. Good luck in viewing this one :)
love it! love it! I might add some small course rock as mulch in the planter itself to keep that off the planet look going :) This is really neat!
All of them were hand rolled and attached. Thanks for the great compliments ya'll!
I have just come in from the garden trying to make a sand cast leaf and thinking I should stick to pots but your creations have inspired me! I love those pots for succulents. Very interesting irregular bottoms on them as well. Nice work! I can see using a group of those in a garden as a separate succulent patch.
Kim, this would be great for our Master Gardener sale next spring.
What an inspiration.
Can you share your recipe? Proportions please?? Thanks,. Belle
I have others in production right now that I'll post here in a couple of weeks. Glad to see that it does inspire others to creat their own! Why not!
bellieg, as for the recipe, I tried a couple that included specific parts of portland cement, perlite, and sphagnum/peat moss but whittled those recipes down to equal parts portland and perlite. All of the recipes I tried yielded terrible results with very very long curing times and less manageability of working material. The weight difference isn't much at all.
These and other pieces I'm creating now require fine cuts and shaping by hand. Some of the attached pieces on future pots are decorated with pieces cut from flat 1/2" thick rows of 100% drying portland cement. Requires some patience and timing to catch the setting cement at the right time for shaping.
So, FOR MY PURPOSE, less ingredients got the job done.
I tried to load a few more photos but it hasn't worked for several hours. I guess I'll try again tomorrow.
Was this painted and baked? I like all your designs!!
These are painted with water based paints and layered with water based sealer.
These are great. Guess you surprised yourself as well as me.
Keep on posting your pics we appreciate them.
Just beautiful. I asked this earlier about the paint that it is water base. Can I use a water base paint like the ones they use inside a house? You can tell I do not know much about paint nor sealers. Can I go to Lowes and get a sealer? Thanks!! Belle
I use ANY water based paint and ANY water based sealer for indoor/outdoor use from ANY hardware store. I'm also now using white portland cement to control colors once applied.
Looks as though those plants are settled in. I am assuming that is redish/brown lava rock or possibly you made those too.
The reddish lava rock is standard bagged lava rock which I crushed.