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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 2, 2014 1:21 PM CST
I have been making a few concrete mosaic stepping stones. I was wondering if anyone else here is making them. They are pretty easy to make. This is my newest one, an odd shaped approx 12 X 10.
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Dec 2, 2014 3:12 PM CST

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That is beautiful Holly - WOW! Thumbs up
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 2, 2014 3:54 PM CST
Thanks, I am donating this one to the local Garden Club for their fund raiser. Sure hope someone bids on it.
This is the first one I did, at a workshop for our Hobby Greenhouse Assoc, back in the spring.
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Name: Reine
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Reine
Dec 2, 2014 10:38 PM CST
Wow! What a beautiful way to add color to your yard and gardens. I like them. Thumbs up
Name: Vicki
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vic
Dec 3, 2014 5:04 AM CST

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Holly, I have no doubt there will be many bids Thumbs up Just beautiful Lovey dubby
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 3, 2014 5:09 AM CST
Thanks guys, think I mix that post up a bit the one that I am donating is the first pic with the sun, sky and water lilies, the one with the circle design my first effort is staying here.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 3, 2014 5:33 AM CST
Last summer I invited a friend over for lunch and to make stepping stones this is what we made the first one is mine
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and the other two are ones that she made.
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vic
Dec 3, 2014 10:54 AM CST

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MUCH to pretty to walk on Lovey dubby
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 3, 2014 12:02 PM CST
I am hoping to do a whole pathway thru the secret garden. Ric made me quite a few 16 X 16 squares and some 16 X 12's as well as plenty of 12 in rounds.
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vic
Dec 3, 2014 4:59 PM CST

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Can't wait to see pictures Hurray! Hurray!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Dec 6, 2014 3:19 PM CST
Are you using the same technique that Dave posted for inlaying the design? And how have you made the neat irregular shapes? I really like that first one! Thumbs up I'm sure that one will raise a nice tidy sum for that fundraiser! Smiling
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Dec 6, 2014 4:20 PM CST
No my technique is a bit different. We make the stepping stones and then decorate them. Using any number of things that are somewhat flat. I mostly I use pieces of stained glass but I have seen other things used like beads, keys, broken pottery. I glue them on to the stepping stone with a fast drying epoxy then mix up a small amount of the same cement that is used to make the stepping stones and pour it over the whole top. Give it a few minutes to set up and then start scraping it off to expose the glass and wipe it down with a damp sponge. The stepping stones are made by just dropping a shovel full of cement on to a board, when they harden up you will flip them over and have a good flat top. I use a trowel to shape them some oval, some round and a few odd shapes. Run the trowel around the edge to make it smooth and over the top (which will be the bottom, when you flip them over) The larger square and rectangle stones are poured into a mold that Ric made and they have wire in them to add extra strength. (much like Dave did with his hex shaped stones)
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Here are a few finished stones see how flat the top is once you flip them over and the other pic is of Ric un-molding the larger ones. He screws his mold together and then just removes the boards.

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I was planing on submitting a "how to" but since Dave posted his I will wait awhile and send mine in later since my process is a bit different.


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Name: woofie
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woofie
Dec 7, 2014 9:58 AM CST
I really like the irregular shaped ones! Next time we have left-over concrete, I'm trying this! (We have an area that we're gradually filling using one of those path-making molds, and there's always a shovelful or more left over.)
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Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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HollyAnnS
Dec 9, 2014 4:48 PM CST
The stepping stone that I donated to the Garden Club Luncheon /Fundraiser sold for $40. Boy was I surprised it went for so much.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Dec 9, 2014 6:04 PM CST
That doesn't surprise me in the least! I've paid $30 for the ones sold at our local craft fair, and they're just tinted concrete done in molds. That one of yours is definitely something special. Smiling
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Name: Holly
South Central Pa
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HollyAnnS
Dec 10, 2014 4:10 AM CST
Thanks woofie.
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Dec 10, 2014 7:08 AM CST

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I agree with Woofie - I'm not surprised at all. You do beautiful work Holly Thumbs up

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