I saw this on a YouTube video where these concrete leaves were being used to create amazing water features. Mine will be destined for a fairy garden I hope to create at the bottom of our garden! It’s on my To Do List ; )
I used native Puka leaves as they have quite prominent veins, which will show in the casting. I laid the leaves over heaped piles of sand, and sprayed them with oil.
I made up the concrete using sand as my aggregate, Portland cement and enough water to form a ball, the desired consistency. I patted the concrete to form the casting, over the leaves, using gloved hands.
I let them sit over night to harden.
I tried this method using a latex rope mould, and created a very unique bowl!
Well I’ve been dabbling in concrete for a while now, and I a feel like a change, so I thought I’d give the Hypertufa a go.
From the You Tube clips I’ve seen, it appears to be a much simpler way to make pots, as you don’t need the second container to displace the concrete. Instead you can get the substrate to a consistency, where you can form a ball, it is much more malleable. The pot and can be pressed into a mould and holes it’s shape until set.
The drainage hole can easily be formed using a finger!
I used a 1:2 ratio of Portland Cement to Peat, and kept adding water until I reached the desired consistency.
The issue I had, was that my Peat had Blood and Bone added, which gave it the browner colour. I suppose it will be better for the plants, but I’m not sure how the pots will hold up!