by mycarole ( edited 11 Feb 2014 ) 10 Feb 2014

I'm starting a new thread because so many of you asked a lot of questions about our concrete bowls and I'm loosing track of the questions.



How thick are they: they are about 1 " thick in the bottom to about 1/2 inch thick on the sides.


What are they made of: they are made of concrete which turns into cement when the process is finished.


What do you use: We use real leaves, for example, we use rhubarb, hosta burdock, or any beautiful leaves that has character underneath the leaf.


How long does it take: the whole process for one leaf from start to finish takes 7 to 10 days.


What do you use for painting: I use acrylic paints, they are painted with a small narrow brush.


Are they sealed: yes, they are sealed before I paint them and after I paint them


Can they go outside: yes they can go outside but needs to be brought in for the winter.


How thick is the concrete when wet: the concrete should feel like bread dough.


Do you put an agent in the concrete: yes we add a fortifier to make sure they wont crack.


Where did you learn to do this? from the net. However, nobody gives out their recipe the way they "could". So we had to come up with our own recipe. You know, it's like baking. Sometimes you follow a recipe and someone else has a better one.


Thank you for asking and visiting: NB, Canada

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by gerryvb 19 Feb 2014

beautiful !!

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by greytgirl 18 Feb 2014

Absolutely stunning. I agree, they would make wonderful birdbaths.

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by sobezy 18 Feb 2014

Gorgeous! I did different types cearmics, but this takes the cake. What a wonderful art work. Thank you for sharing.

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by Shisha 18 Feb 2014

Wow! These are amazing!!! And the painting…what a fantastic job! Thanks for the directions and thank you for posting these pics!!

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mycarole by mycarole 18 Feb 2014

You are welcome

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by babash 11 Feb 2014

Love the Mother of Pearl finish

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mycarole by mycarole 12 Feb 2014

That's exactly what it is. Thank you

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by michemb 11 Feb 2014

another great project, I can tell that you are enjoying your retirement,
your are very talented
hugs
Michelle

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

Thanks Michelle. I have my own projects, my husband has his own projects, but this one is a twosome projects. Hugs.

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by sonjapotgieter 11 Feb 2014

What beautiful Work...Great!!!Well done

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by pennyhal 11 Feb 2014

These would be fantastic as a bird bath...or just to simply look at. Thanks for your post! Your work is fabulous!!

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

Yes, many people use them as birdbath and we have made them with three together for a fountain on our patio. carole NB Canada

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by rachap 11 Feb 2014

Beautiful, fabulous, ETC and I could go on and on!! I will certainly look at the " other" side of leaves in my garden this summer. Thanks for sharing your great project/art.

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

The underneath of the leaf is what you do look for. We tried the technique on a maple leaf and it did not work as well because the veins were to thin. carole NB. Canada

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by camylow 11 Feb 2014

MY MOTHER AND AUNT MAKES THESE....I went over and made one myself...a lot of work but fast once you get the hang of them...you painted them up beautifully.

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you. Yes a lot of work.

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by noah 11 Feb 2014

Love your idea and i listen to youtube on this idea .Good for you to for working with hubby on this thats great Team work hugs Carolyn

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by pldc 11 Feb 2014

wow these are just incredible! hugs Loralye

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by wider57 11 Feb 2014

Beautiful! and such talented painting. Love them!

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by carmeng87 11 Feb 2014

Could you please share the directions? Do you sell these? I have nature as my main decorations and this would make perfect little bowls on end tables or such. THank you!!

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

If you search the net under concrete rhubarb bowls you will find many different ways to make them. No we don't sell them outside our little community. They would be very expensive to mail.

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by lenamae 11 Feb 2014

very pretty nice for someone with a big house and have places to sit such a item me I do not have room to sit or hang any thing.
LenaMae

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by Leaha 11 Feb 2014

Each one is unique and very beautiful, it would be hard to pick a favorite leaf design. Thank you for answering the questions.

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

You are welcome

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by basketkase 11 Feb 2014

Truly artistic........these would look lovely inside or out!

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by cfidl 11 Feb 2014

The relief is quite impressive, as well as your paint job. On you web you say. I have a bit on my plate, however if I ever have time, I would like to make something like this.

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

You would love to do this.

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by karenalice 11 Feb 2014

Wow! You have such a talent!

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by nonna57 11 Feb 2014

Congratulations to you both. These beautiful leaf bowls are a work of Art, Wow Wow Wow :)

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by capoodle 11 Feb 2014

Your crafting and painting is amazing.

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by shuede 11 Feb 2014

I love leaves, and these are beautiful!

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by evie 11 Feb 2014

They are quite lovely....So much detail....love them.

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by evie 11 Feb 2014

They are quite lovely....So much detail....love them.

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mycarole by mycarole 11 Feb 2014

thank you

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by gerryb 10 Feb 2014

These are so beautiful!!!!

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mycarole by mycarole 10 Feb 2014

thank you.

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