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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Concrete Leaf Casting
A friend and I spent yesterday morning learning how to cast concrete leaves. The class was given by the very talented Roberta Palmer (no blog). If you are local just email me and I'll be happy to pass along her contact information.
It was so much fun! She showed us everything from how to make the concrete mixture, when and how to pick the leaves, casting in sand plus all about the curing process.
My three castings rested overnight in the box I brought them home in, wrapped in plastic to keep them from drying too fast. This morning I got to peel off the leaves and use a file to clean up the edges, then back into the plastic bag for 28 more days. Once they are completely cured they can be used as-is or painted. Roberta paints hers in the most remarkable colors!
You can see some bits of leaf are still stuck but she assured us that will come off when they are dry. The Hosta leaf and the other big one each have a copper fitting embedded in the back so they can go on a stake in the garden. It doesn't show well in my photo but they are quite deep. The smaller Begonia leaf has a wire hanger embedded in it and I think I will put it up in the pergola.
Thank you Maggie for telling me about the class!