I have been making concrete and hypertufa items for about the last year and half.
The Hypertufa has the look of aged concrete with dips & cracks and I love that look.
When I do a craft such as this it takes awhile to complete because it has to cure in a plastic bag for two days, then two days in the sun, then two days in a water bath then back in the sun to dry. That is when it can be completed with paint, stones or mirrors.
Normally it can take 8 – 9 days to complete one bird bath. Most of this time your waiting for each of the processes in the curing time. You have to be patient to do this.
Creating things with my hands and adding my own personal touch to them is something I love to do. I want each item I create to be unique.
These three birdbaths were created for our bird bath hill in the backyard. I will be working on a fourth this week. The pedestals came from broken bird baths or gazing ball holders.
I prefer the black metal stands I just need to find someone to make me some. These need to be repainted I noticed that in my pictures.
I just made my first hypertufa pedestal it is square and it will be for the fourth bird bath. Now I have to figure out the next paint scheme and accents.
Two of the bird baths I sealed the (outside only) with Marine Spar and one I did not but I think I will go back and do that one. I sort of the like the glazed pottery look that has a deeper contrast look to it.
These bird baths are deep and all will have something added to them to help the birds feel secure.
All the processes are very important and if not followed correctly the pots, or birdbaths will crack. When I first started making these I had many cracked pots I think this boiled down to finding what worked best in our Texas climate.
Creativity helps me clear my mind and rejuvenate for another day.
Everyday is a beautiful day make sure you spend it doing something you truly enjoy.