Seeing others leaves made me want to cast again. This leaf came out so well- I love how this leaf turned out with such detail. Going to pour some more.
wow that is beautiful! I love the color!! I'll stop by tomorrow and pick it up!! JK!!!
Beautiful! Can you tell us how you painted it-- colors, etc! I've got one that I need to paint!
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Really beautiful!! How thick is it? The coloring is great! What is it, is it something added to cement or painted on after? Jan
Nah, don't listen to "weave," Becky...I'll stop by and pick it up tomorrow...I live in IA! Just downright BEAUTIFUL! TFS! Jeanne S.
Wow! That is beautiful! It looks almost real. If the color was a little different I would have thought it was.
Great job! Love all the veins that pop on your casting.Vickie
Thank you! The leaves are painted with a satin finish acrylic paint. Usually in with three colors, but this oneI only used two; started out barn red. Then I take black gloss and water it down to be very runny and paint the entire leaf with that. A soft rag is then used to wipe most of the black off, leaving it in the veins and crevices. Then they are sealed with a concrete sealant.
Please excuse a dumb question from someone new to this forum! What material do you use? It looks way too smooth and fine for hypertufa so I'm guessing a fine concrete mix? Is that right?
Gorgeous! Love your color choice too. You did an awesome job picking the right leaf and pouring the appropriate amount of cement to get such detail.
Oh Thanks so much! I have been wanting one of those for a long time(-: Yours is just perfect!!!!!
Solstice98-You are correct-it is not hypertufa but a special concrete mix called vinyl patch. I like it because it does such a nice job with the leaves. I painted some more the last couple of days; some hosta leaves besides rhubarb.... Tried a couple of other colors too. This is so addicting!
Thanks Becky! I've got to give that a try with some of our tropical Florida leaves.
WOW WOW WOW!! That is sooo impressive!!! We made rhubarb leaf stepping stones but yours are so much nicer. They have such clear definition. Gonna try that vinyl patch next time. I love your leaves!
how you mean, vinyl patch?there's a cement, not just a tube of it?..it's a nice texture, seems from the photo..got any step by step pictures?..that would be cool....
Do you mix the vinyl patch according to the directions on the bag? I want to do this when our temps get cooler. My Secret Jewel at church would love this and it is something she would cherish. Plus she has a drop dead gorgeous yard to display them in.
Is vinyl patch the same thing as patching compound?I can only find patching compound. It has silica sand, hydraulic cement, calcium aluminate cement and calcium carbonate in it.
Never mind - it says for interior use only on the bag!Back to the drawing board.....
Here is a link that might be useful: my blog
here is a list of some
dont' know if you could make it thick enough for stepping on though... but I didn't give it a thorough read
Here is a link that might be useful: cement vinyl patch...
Oh my! Those are just gorgeous! What are you using them for...are you putting them out in the garden or displaying them on a table on the patio, hanging them on a wall?
I've definitely gotta give the concrete vinyl patch a try as I can see it takes a whole lot more detail than regular concrete does. Yours are beautiful...your color choices and shading are exquisite!
Is it a consistency when mixed that I could put it in a mold? I have a couple of ceramic face masks I bought at goodwill that are painted up for mardi gras that I've wanted to use as molds for a garden face. Is it as heavy as concrete? Thanks!
Definitely THE best leaf cast I've ever seen!!!!It's fabulous! as are all your other castings.
Vinyl patch, vinyl patch, where for art though in Oz, vinyl patch??? I get so jealous when you guys have access to all that great product!;-)
What technique do you use to make the mold?
Really beautiful, those are very nice.
Beautiful!! I absolutely love the blue hosta leaf!
nik1965, the best instructions I have seen for leaf casting are at the link below.
Here is a link that might be useful: How do I make a concrete leaf casting?
Becky- Your leaves are absolutely beautiful. If it isn't to much trouble could you post the directions on how to make these for those of us that are "crafting impaired". Thank-you so much!
it's there, in the post just before you, underlined...
how do I make a concrete leaf casting.
bet you thought she was asking the same question, didn't you?it's the best information I've ever seen and I've been to Little and Lewis's yard/garden, too. about 5 years ago.