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Cast Concrete Leaves

By HollyAnnS
April 23, 2016

Are you in need of a nice birdbath or fountain? Maybe you need a present for a friend or family member? Do you have some rather large leaves and don't know what to do with them? Maybe some nice big Hosta, Canna, Castor Bean, or tropical plant leaves? Well I have an idea: Let's make some cast concrete leaves.

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Name: Cheryl
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CajuninKy
Apr 23, 2016 9:30 AM CST
I love this project and the finished product but I do not understand the directions.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Apr 23, 2016 3:35 PM CST
Oh Cheryl, so sorry to have confused you maybe I can make it clearer for you. Don't have time right now to go over it but I will have more time tomorrow. If you can tell me what parts you are having trouble with I will do what I can to make it clearer for you.
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MISSINGROSIE
Apr 23, 2016 6:11 PM CST
Holly you got some wonderful detail in those leaves!
Great job!
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Toni
Apr 24, 2016 9:08 AM CST
I am right there with Cheryl. Although, I may have way too many questions for you to answer in a post. Dis you follow a book or some directions that you may be able to reference?
I am not sure how you kept your concrete leaves the size and shape you wanted so you didn't have to trim a ton. How did you get the real leaf out of the concrete?
Your fountain is absolutely gorgeous!
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Apr 24, 2016 10:17 AM CST
The sand piles support the shape of the leaf, making it flatter or creating some depth to hold water. The concrete is pretty thick and will stay where you put it pretty well. When we placed the concrete over the leaf we tried to keep it to the edges of the leaf and not have it extend too far beyond. Once the concrete has hardened up some the leaf will peal right off and you can use a metal file or grinder to finish the edges. How long you need to let the piece dry depends on the size and thickness of the piece a much smaller lighter piece wouldn't take as long as mine it. I think we let ours harden for 3 days.
I am sure that there are instructions to be found but we didn't really follow any. Mostly we asked questions of people that have done other projects to see how they did theirs. This was our first attempt at something like this but Ric does have concrete experience. Really it was pretty simple to do just needed some thought about how to do it.
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