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Tutorial ~ How To Make a Hollow Concrete Sphere

By rcn48
May 3, 2012

Concrete statuary in some of the gardens I've visited has always captivated me. Unfortunately most statuary I've priced is quite expensive and with my tight budget the chances were slim that any of these creations would ever find themselves in my gardens. However, several years ago I was intrigued when I stumbled upon instructions for making "hollow concrete spheres". I was pleased to learn the cost of materials is fairly inexpensive and last year successfully completed my first sphere. I'd like to show you how easy it is and hopefully inspire you to create your own hollow concrete sphere!

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Ridesredmule
Aug 16, 2011 6:19 PM CST
I enjoyed the Tutorial. I made one of these and it is exactly as you explained. Do you leave yours out in the winter??? Mine has made it a couple of years. i need to move it to a more noticeable location. But I am looking forward to installment #2.
You did a wonderful clear job of explaining....
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Onewish1
Aug 16, 2011 6:49 PM CST
fantastic!!!!... just love them!!!!
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valleylynn
Aug 16, 2011 8:30 PM CST
Great article Debra. When I can understand instructions I know they are thorough. I feel like I could really do this project.
How did you make the leaves on the rim?
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Calif_Sue
Aug 16, 2011 10:41 PM CST

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Great article and love the very detailed instructions!
Would it be possible though to add all the images to a thread here so we can click on them to enlarge them? I kept trying to click them to see the details. Rolling my eyes.
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Sharon
Aug 16, 2011 10:49 PM CST
That's a good idea, Sue. In order to get all the photos in the article the way she wanted them, Debbie had to downsize and when that happens they are out of the lightbox, which is what enlarges them. Maybe when she sees this request she can add them as you said. Thanks!

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Debbie
Aug 17, 2011 12:27 AM CST
Great tutorial Debbie. Thanks so much. Another project to add to my list. Excellent instructions.
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Calif_Sue
Aug 17, 2011 1:25 AM CST

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Oh goodie, Debbie added them in a separate thread! Thanks! Hurray!
The thread "Tutorial Photos" in Tutorial ~ How To Make a Hollow Concrete Sphere
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rcn48
Aug 17, 2011 1:26 AM CST
Thank you! Big Grin I was really nervous with my first attempt so I tried hard to make the instructions "clear as mud"! Hilarious! I'm hoping with good instructions it will ease everyone's anxiety because everyone who sees the sphere in the gardens says "I could never do that" - oh yes you can! Thumbs up

valleylynn said:How did you make the leaves on the rim?


Lynn, I knew someone would ask! Big Grin The sphere is easy - the "leaves" were difficult. It took two attempts to get it "right"! First attempt was to merely press Hosta leaves and Fern fronds into wet cement but it was a miserable failure. Second attempt I covered the failure with more QuikWall and hand carved the leaves with a paring knife! Whistling

Calif_Sue said:Would it be possible though to add all the images to a thread here so we can click on them to enlarge them?

Sue, I messed up with the formatting and lost the original image size but posted them in a new thread for you. I tip my hat to you. The thread "Tutorial Photos" in Tutorial ~ How To Make a Hollow Concrete Sphere
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Aug 17, 2011 1:26 AM CST
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sallyg
Aug 17, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Excellent article! So well illustrated and described. I tip my hat to you.
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vic
Aug 17, 2011 8:29 AM CST
OH OH OH Debbie - what a stupendous, informative, FUN article Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

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Thank you for sharing photos, information, techniques, EVERYTHING Big Grin
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dahlianut
Aug 17, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Thanks Deb for the fantabulous article. Your instructions seem very sensical and the tips on having water in both bottles and bowls will make it easypeasy to keep the cement moist.

I've added 'plastic sleeve for instructions' to my supplies list so I can wipe them off when I cement them. O and safety glasses and shower cap cuz well that could happen too Rolling my eyes.
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Onewish1
Aug 17, 2011 5:18 PM CST
ooohh pictures in my head of D-Nut with gloves, mask, shower cap, safety glasses on.. dancing across the yard after the sphere is done
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dahlianut
Aug 18, 2011 4:40 AM CST
you betcha onewish Big Grin Now if I could only get my stupid roundish thing (create-a-ball) to work Glare
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rcn48
Aug 19, 2011 4:32 AM CST
Charleen, my apologies. *Blush* I knew someone had asked about leaving the spheres out in the winter but forgot where it was!

Mine has only endured one winter but from everything I've read it should last a long time. The one precaution I intend to take every year is to drain all the water before freezing temperatures arrive. Then I tip it forward so water/snow/ice won't collect it in over the winter.
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Ridesredmule
Aug 19, 2011 7:24 AM CST
Oh, Thank you. I was wondering about that... Group hug

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