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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!
Aug 17, 2011 1:05 AM CST
|My apologies. 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. |
FibaTape strips and pot filled with crushed stone
Mixed QuikWall and FibaTape added to ball
Rotated ball exposing opening and deflating ball
Rough rim and poultry mesh/FibaTape added
Hardware cloth added, decorative edge and comparison of paint choices
Initial plan for display, finished sphere with completed planting and close up of sphere
Aug 17, 2011 1:28 AM CST
|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!|
Aug 17, 2011 1:30 AM CST
|Ahh, I see we cross posted & you answered my size question on the other thread, thanks again.|
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. I'm hoping to figure out what the trick is before completing Part 2 of the tutorial.|
Aug 17, 2011 1:48 AM CST
|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!
Aug 17, 2011 3:02 AM CST
|No, not "late", I'm an "early" riser. 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!|
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.|
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
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