Anybody had luck making those stepping stones by pouring concrete into
What do you put underneath so you can remove the stepping stone w/o
it setting up to the underneath surface and becoming immovable?
You probably have to remove it before the concrete gets really hard.
There's a stage where it holds together, but is still quite soft.
I've done the ones with rhubarb leaves. Of course with them the
rhubarb leaf gradually rots away. Lots of fun digging the stem out
Spread a piece of plastic under the mold before pouring the concrete. It
worked fine for me, and I poured a few during the winter, (down in the
basement) letting them age before placing them in the garden. Be sure to
have a hard flat surface under the plastic when you want to impress the
shape of leaves, etc., right?
On 5/8/08 11:29 PM, in article
A useful tip if you leave them out all winter, stop the pour half way
through and put a piece of screening in the middle to stabilize the stepping
stone. This works with all kinds of molds.
A very simple mold/form is an on 5 gallon bucket cut in sections about 2"
thick. A piece of cardboard underneath with plastic wrap on it acts as the
bottom and a little petroleum jelly on the inside of form lets it lift off
On Thu, 08 May 2008 20:02:41 -0700, Persephone wrote:
Thanks for all the great answers.
I didn't even think about using leaves -- not creative enough,
I guess <g>, but it sounds like it would yield much more
aesthetic stepping stones.
What kinds of leaves (rhubard has been mentioned) have
people used, and at what stage do you remove them to
avoid the hassle one poster mentioned. And -- this is
embarrassing -- do you put them at the bottom and pour
over them, or at the top, and then fish them out?
By the same token, other objets could be used to create
an interesting surface... like...?
This could get expensive but the ideas may inspire.
Bill whose best friends got the real stuff around Paducah (SP)
Kentucky. Real stone Fossils so an option does exists but I do not know
where you reside so I can't recommend if it feasible .
It works best if the leaves have an interesting overall shape,
and fairly deep, incised veins. Wait until the concrete has set
up a bit, enough to hold the shape when you gently press the
leaf into the mix. If its too soon the concrete will be too soft,
and will not hold the "image" of the leaf. I never remove the
leaf itself, just leave it to rot/dry away naturally.
Keys, put the large part towards the center, arrange in a
circle, or put a round object in the center = daisy
Rocks, small water washed pebbles of pretty colors,
heart shaped rocks
Tools, old screwdriver, wrench, trowel, pruners
Metal machine parts: gears, bolts, interesting shapes, etc.
they will rust to a great patina
Key chain "thingies" initials, medallions etc
Jewelry: old costume jewelry pins, necklace chains
Plastic bugs: I have used lady bugs which look great
Have fun Perse
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