Tutorial ~ How To Make a Hollow Concrete Sphere: Tutorial Photos

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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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Name: Debbie
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rcn48
Aug 17, 2011 1:05 AM CST
My apologies. *Blush* I resized the photos to squeeze them into an easy to read format for the instructions and lost the ability to enlarge them. Here they are in their original size. Smiling

FibaTape strips and pot filled with crushed stone
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Mixed QuikWall and FibaTape added to ball
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Rotated ball exposing opening and deflating ball
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Rough rim and poultry mesh/FibaTape added
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Hardware cloth added, decorative edge and comparison of paint choices
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Initial plan for display, finished sphere with completed planting and close up of sphere
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Name: Suzanne
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Calif_Sue
Aug 17, 2011 1:28 AM CST

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You sure those are the original sizes? They don't enlarge at all. At least they are bigger than in the article so much easier to see. Thanks! Thumbs up
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Name: Suzanne
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Calif_Sue
Aug 17, 2011 1:30 AM CST

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Ahh, I see we cross posted & you answered my size question on the other thread, thanks again. Big Grin
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rcn48
Aug 17, 2011 1:34 AM CST
Sue if you need even larger images I can send you a tree mail. I resized them all to be 250 x 250 because I misunderstood and thought all article images had to be that size. Sticking tongue out I'm hoping to figure out what the trick is before completing Part 2 of the tutorial. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Suzanne
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Calif_Sue
Aug 17, 2011 1:48 AM CST

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No, these are fine.
So when you resize them, you don't save a separate original copy?
I always save the edited resized ones in a separate folder, and keep the originals too, I often sell some or get requests for some and they always need the full sized ones. Makes for a full hard drive! Over 48,000 images last time I checked.
My, you are up late! I am off to bed, got lots of gardening to do later today! Big Grin
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Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA (Zone 6a)
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Dog Lover Ferns Hostas Hellebores Heucheras Garden Ideas: Level 1
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rcn48
Aug 17, 2011 3:02 AM CST
No, not "late", I'm an "early" riser. Big Grin 48,000 images...Wow! I wouldn't even dare count mine. I do have all the originals but I 'play' with them so much (selections, frames, etc.) plus re-sizing them for emails that I might have 5 or more images for an individual photo! Rolling my eyes.
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Ridesredmule
Aug 17, 2011 6:43 AM CST
I loved both , you did a wonderful job of telling us how to make a hallow spere. Thank you.
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Tallulah_B
Aug 17, 2011 9:24 PM CST
"a block of time" is about the only thing I Don't have........ darn - these look good!
Maybe I'll be able to come back to it at another time, and do a couple Whistling
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