Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My Sculptured Leaves







Cement leaf

I finally got around to making some more of my
Sculptured Leaves. I love making them. I have sold
them locally and I am totally out of them
I thought you might enjoy seeing the process
I go through to make them.
First of all, this spring I went to my Mom's rhubarb
patch and dug up some of her plant and started it in my
garden. I am totally surprised and pleased how well
it has done and that the leaves are big enough to use this
summer.
The first picture shows the rhubarb. I have tried other leaves such
as hostas, cabbage and cannas, but the rhubarb has the
deepest vein and I think makes the prettiest leaf.
Then I make a mound out of wet sand, cover it with
a black plastic bag and turn the leaf upside down. Then I add
my cement mixture, smoothing it out and do the "grooming"
of the cement. I also make sure I make a flat bottom so it
will sit nicely.
After it sits for 2 days I turn it upright, removing it from
the plastic. I sand and file to get a nice shape, stain it with paint.
As you can see, I have a nice bird bath, bird feeder or just a
pretty lawn ornament.
Does anyone make these leaves?

5 comments:

Linda said...

I love what you made. It is beautiful! I've always wanted to do this craft project.

~ Lindy ~ said...

wow....joan....very nice! wish i had my own garden to use one of these. of course...i guess the shipping fee would be pretty hefty!! this is lovely. good work!

Laura Lou said...

One of those leaves would be worth the trip to Indiana! We don't have any trips planned this summer, but I have to consider the drive, just to buy a leaf-birdbath from you. I have the PERFECT place for it.

Debbie Olson said...

Joan, what a beautiful project--I love these!

Cheryl said...

This is so very cool! I so greatly enjoyed meeting you in the UP last week at the stamping get- together, and now I see a whole 'nother side of your artisitc talent!