Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lets see.....WHAT CAN I MAKE OUT OF RHUBARB , SAND AND CEMENT.....

I promised to show you the cement leaf my girlfriends and I made at a fun class we took!!!...We had such a good time making these and soooo EASY to do! We are already -planning another day of fun soon...
We used giant Rhubarb leaves for the impressions.....Just take some wet sand and form a hill then place the leaf bottom up on the hill...cut off the big steam so it doesn't stick through the bottom. Mix cement...( we added a hardener also), pat it on top of the leaf about 2" thick...just to the edge of the leaf. Cover with plastic so it doesnt dry too fast...wait a couple days......





Then peal the leaf off and use a sharp knife GENTLY to remove the thick veins...If you don't get them all, not to worry, they will just rot off eventually.Keep out of the sun and let cure for about a week. Brush it off and clean it up!!!!Voila.....You got it goin on girl!!!!! Oh!!! One little tip I forgot to tell you....Before you put the cement on the leaf spray it with a cooking spray first. Helps the leaf come away from the cement easier...



The gal we took lessons from made smaller leaves too on posts in her yard with lights underneath...seriously cute. Flat ones also for stepping stones...can you just see a path made out of these..... Now give this a try and let me know how yours turns out!!!!...Any questions ...just let me know and I'll help you the best I can. Such a rewarding craft for what you put into it....Have a cement filled afternoon...xoxo~Kathy



11 comments:

  1. How fabulous is that? I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing and I think I'll give it a try.

    Hugs,
    Karyn

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  2. I love it! You did a fabulous job..I hope you keep this entry forever and a day..as my rhubarb leaves are frayed and not pretty.So next early summer I would love to come back and review:)
    I hope you are bringing it to your new nest?Your photos are lovely!!
    I like your life:) It's just lovely.. even w/ the move.

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  3. OH my goodness!!! This is over the top "awesome"... love this.. thanks so much for sharing. I'm going to have to try this.. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.. I "love" your blog as well.. Your header picture is beautiful..hugs ~lynne~

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  4. What a great idea! I'll have to try this for my garden! I love that little shoe with the plant. So precious! Was it a shoe that belonged to your child maybe?
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  5. The directions were a little confusing. Did you use a mold?

    xoxo
    Jane

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  6. Very pretty. I just love that idea!

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  7. Blondie...Sorry about the directions...No mold. You just take a bunch of sand and wet it, form it into a hill the size of yout leaf and lay the leaf on top of the hill, bottom side up.
    Actually your working from the bottom . After the cement hardens you turn the leaf form over to remove the leaf, and you have the bowl shape. Hope that was helpful... The next time we do these I'll take photos for a tutorial, xoxo~Kathy.

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  8. That is beautiful Kathy! I'll have to try this with some of our leftover garden stone mix and maybe use leaves from our grape vine.
    Happy Friday.

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  9. That leaf is wonderful! I want one! :)

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  10. Oh, this is brilliant and beautiful. And this blog is so well written. Thank you for doing this work, just lovely.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me...I am always encouraged by your kind expressions and thoughtful comments....Know that you are loved....xoxo Kathy.