I just took a tabletop out of the mold and allowing it to thoroughly dry. As soon as I have determined it to be dry I will sand the edges and corners and place it on the short stand which sits beside the top. The slot in the middle of the top will be planted with succulents. This top is 44" X 21" and is the second one I have made. The first top was sold almost as soon as it was displayed for sale!
The mold is ready to be oiled and filled again. I'm thinking I will add concrete colorant to the mix for the next top. I like to make stands for the tops and other projects well ahead of time from recycled wood then placed outside to weather. My customers like rustic but then I have never offered them anything with a fancy finish.
Four days from start to finish! Here is the final product that has been sanded and is now ready to be planted! Time to start another one..........
Winter is almost non existent as of late yet it is our off season. Off season recreation for us includes days spent in thrift stores, flea markets, and even an occasional yard sale. While shopping last week my wife ran across a long low Rubbermaid brand storage container. It had no lid and was probably utilized to haul a shelf load of what-nots to the thrift store. A two dollar price tag enticed her to see what a long low trough might look like coming out of this mold.
We were both pleased with the results of her labors on this one. Planting season is just around the corner and I am anxious to fill one of these troughs with an assortment of small sized plant material. I suggested she try building a few in different colors. Her response was "you will have to mix me some"! Well I guess I asked for that one! ☺
Starting 2017 with a growing inventory. It is always a scramble to have enough ready to accommodate our customers throughout the sales season. January and February will be spent doubling our supply and experimenting with some new ideas.
If someone on Pinterest can dream it up my wife will try to recreate it! Autumn began on September 22nd so it getting to be 'Halloween' time very soon. We will have some papercrete Jack-o-lanterns to offer our customers this year!
My wife has been experimenting with different things and here is the results of her latest efforts. After trying several ideas and not being happy with any of them her assessment of this set of hands is "almost" there. I was very pleased with her progress. She has several sets drying as I write. It will be fun to plant each of them!
Today I planted her set of hands with sedums and sempervivums. I'm sure this arrangement will not last long on our sales table!
One of our fun things to do is to shop the Flea Markets, Thrift Stores, and an occasional yard sale for items to use as a mold for our papercrete containers. My wife will experiment with almost any shape just to see the results. This year she has found several ceramic bowls in the shape of leaves which she lines with dry cleaner bags and molds the containers pictured above. These containers have been a big hit with customers.