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Name: Audrey
Central Texas (Zone 8a)
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Esperanza
May 27, 2016 2:53 PM CST
That is good to hear Donald aside from hail three times. Geeze. We lost a few trees but no damage thankgoodness. This piece was standing as is this morning. It has been through hail tornatic activity and sever winds and held up. Glad your ok Donald.
Name: Margo Haynes
Kansas (Zone 5b)
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missingtx78
May 28, 2016 11:26 AM CST
I love the look of the tall one, however I want to compliment you on the progress of your shawl! I'm a DP Texan and I truly love living in Texas and being able to grow all of the tropical type plants. However, here in the land of Oz I can grow some things that I'm unable to grow in Texas. We're going home for a visit June 3rd & I know I'll come back wishing I could grow the gorgeous plants my brother-in-law has, but I can still enjoy beautiful plants here and it all evens out in the long run. Lovely plants are are lovely and beautiful no matter your clime, It's the joy in the growing as much as the viewing. Thanks for sharing
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Apr 29, 2017 7:19 AM CST
My DH made this cement towel planter for me a couple weeks ago. The current resident isn't the right shape/size, but you can see the planter well.
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Apr 29, 2017 8:25 AM CST
DH did a nice job. I hope to do some of these in the future. Just got to find time to get around to it. Also want to make cement stepping stones.....SOME DAY......
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Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
May 11, 2017 8:13 AM CST
My accountant wanted a planter grouping of cement drapes so I made her this one, 30" diameter x 30" tall.
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All the drapes were "painted" with extra cement slurry on the inside. The inside bottoms were lined with papercrete for more stability and to weigh them down a bit. Then a copper sulfate was used to stain them the pretty blue color. A clear sealer was applied inside and out to help contain the stain and hopefully extend the life of the draped pots.

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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 11, 2017 9:20 AM CST
WOW... what a project!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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May 11, 2017 9:58 AM CST

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I second that WOW! from webesemps. That is so creative. Would love to see it planted.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
May 11, 2017 7:50 PM CST
They look fabulous. I want to do this with cloth and cement if I only had the time. I bought the bag of cement last year but have not done anything with it yet. Great job. Hurray!
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Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
May 12, 2017 10:39 AM CST
Thank you all for the kind comments. My accountant promised to send pics after she gets it planted. I'll share when I get them.
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Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
May 12, 2017 3:42 PM CST
And another WOW! I just stopped by to see what's up and look at that! I want to do this so much - was planning on it for this summer's project, and now have some spinal thing with nerves pinching and pain and stuff. I think I can still do some of it - at least small stuff, after all I do have some lovely pain meds.
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Name: June or Nancy-June o
Fort Leonard Wood, MO (Zone 6a)
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JuneBug
May 14, 2017 4:05 PM CST
Wonderfully well done!

haronn11
May 17, 2017 3:40 AM CST
I would think the black plastic pot, if it is included as the form by which the bottom of the soon-to-be-drape pot is formed, would not be sticking to whatever you drape it on given that the drape doesn't touch other spots to stick to. But I have not done this but would think the hidden black pot that could be included would be more beneficial than not... else, I wonder why the black pot would be pictured?... Shrug!
Name: Laurens Passer

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LaurensPasser
May 29, 2017 3:57 AM CST
It looks very good! How long did it take to make that in total, I am considering to do it also ;)
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Jun 3, 2017 7:01 AM CST
LaurensPasser said:It looks very good! How long did it take to make that in total, I am considering to do it also ;)


LaurensPasser, Thank you! This project was spread out over time because it was big so I needed to work in the yard. The weather became an issue and I ran out of cloth twice, lol. The saucer (bottom pot containing all the other draped pots) took several days of layering cement-soaked terrycloth towels and hardware cloth then a couple coats of cement slurry.
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The inside draped pots only took a day to form. The most difficult part of all of this was having to brush on the copper sulfate stain solution (to get the teal blue color) and the clear sealer. The copper sulfate ruined two spray bottle before I discovered it was eating the metal components of the spray mechanism and the sealer gummed them up too. Might have been cheap Dollar Tree sprayer, also.
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There is a base "ring" under the saucer for better drainage and air circulation. It took some experimenting to find something large enough. We decided on a metal tire rim that had to be cut down. A grinder was used to remove burrs then cleaned up, sandpapered, and then painted and clear sealed.
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The project was more involved than I initially thought it would be, but I'm very proud of the result.

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Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Jun 3, 2017 5:05 PM CST
Congratulations, Bev! You have created a unique and beautiful garden art planter and have all right to be proud of it.
Name: Laurens Passer

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LaurensPasser
Jun 6, 2017 2:36 AM CST
Yes it does really look very good. You inspired me Hurray!
I will keep you informed if I will also make such a beautiful piece
Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Sundownr
Jun 6, 2017 6:45 AM CST
Thank You! I hope you all try the technique just once to learn how much fun it is!
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