Monday, December 12, 2011

A mold in a mold......

Every once in a while I get an idea! Actually it was someone who sent a picture of their work in hypertufa and I adapted it to my process. I call it a mold in a mold. It gives me a chance to mold the inside and outside at the same time. 

I have simply taken a dollar store three compartment party tray and taped it to a base then built a simple box to surround it. All the wood is put together with screws and can be disassembled to remove the completed project from the mold. As usual I coat the inside of the mold with vegetable oil applied with a small paint brush which keeps everything from sticking together as it dries.

You can see the finished project is multidimensional and could be used many different ways. My original idea was to include three assorted bags of bird feed and sell it as a bird feeder. With the addition of drainage holes for each compartment it would make a nice container to display an assortment of succulents. The finished project is 16 by 8 with compartments that are 2 inches deep.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pots with Feet.....

Folks who stop to look at our products are always interested in the footed pots. Here are a few ideas on how we make them happen.
I first begin by creating an insert to place in the bottom of whatever I'm using for a mold. Many things can be used for this purpose but I use OSB available at any building supply store. I have also used insulation foam board, flat sheet styrofoam but since I like to make the same pot many times my personal favorite is OSB.

Place the insert into your mold. The insert will create voids which will become feet when you fill your mold.

Once you have your mold filled and had been allowed to dry a day or two you can remove the pot from the mold and carefully remove the insert which leaves molded feet on your container.
Once the insert is removed make sure to clean it before moving on to another project. Leave your pot to dry thoroughly then you will be able to finish the feet with a piece of course sandpaper. A little practice will make the task much simpler and you can develop your own style.