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Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 03:14 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

I did this based on tons of info & photos here. I have yet to clean the edges but I think it turned out great. I shall paint it once it cures. This was a juvenile leaf I took from one of my EE's. I did a Caladium this am so it is setting up right now. I hope it comes out as good as this EE did for me.
I am proud of myself. I learned it here.

Dosaye - Florida, Zone "zone 9a"
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Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 04:53 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Great job! I have always wanted to try these and you have inspired me. . .

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Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 05:07 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Great job. I have wanted to try one too. Must get off my tu-tu and make one for myself.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - 05:49 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

This is my first so If I can do it anyone can..lol. Now I am hooked. I have some large EE's that have huge leaves I will cast small leaves til I get the hang then try the big boys for a fountain later when I feel safe.
I used dry cleaner plastic bag laid over sand,then apply the cement, covered with remainder plastic bag & let set up. This leaf was very easy to take off this am.
Dh is going to shake his head at another hobby.
I will trial & error til I get the hang of it. Painting them is more up my alley.

Dosaye - Florida, Zone "zone 9a"
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 01:39 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

KEWL! So . Share with us newbies where you found your info.& Where are you going to put them ? How many are you going to make. ? Very nice!

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 06:37 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

These are so much fun! Yours is great,Shellie. I've done rhubarb leaves and loved the results. Please keep posting more of your creations.

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 11:52 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Beautiful job!! If this is your first attempt I can't wait to see more!!! Anxious to see your painting as it is not my strong suit.
Please post them all so we can admire.

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 12:59 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post


Wvgal wrote on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 10:04 am:

Beautiful job!! If this is your first attempt I can't wait to see more!!!



Ditto! :)

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 06:20 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Ok, I have painted the EE posted above. What do you think? I plan to use it as a birdseed feeder.

Dosaye - Florida, Zone "zone 9a"
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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 07:39 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

looks nice. We have an arts fest this weekend and there are 2 people listed that do this. I am interested to see what they have done. I have seen what you have done in magazines. thats it. you do nice work.
Are they real delicate?

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 08:04 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post


Serenitybench wrote on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 05:51 pm:



This one is my very first and it's approx. 1" thickness throughout.
I hope to make more enough for a pathway. I have 4 curing right now.
Thank you for your compliments.
Shellie

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Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 08:18 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

You can WALK on those? WOW! Thats great.

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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 07:36 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

You did a wonderful job painting it Shellie! Looking forward to seeing more.

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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 01:21 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post


Starzgarden wrote on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 05:48 am:

You did a wonderful job painting it Shellie!



You certainly did! Want to see more!!!!

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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 03:45 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

This is a caladium leaf. I just finished painting it. I think for the stepping stones using reinforcement of rabbit cage wire cut to fit the leaf before applying the crete mix & applying the crete mix at least 1.5" to 2" thick will make good casted leaves for a pathway.
The EE & Caladium leaves are just trials & I will just use them out in different gardens, I am still trying to teach myself how to do these so I can make some for the pathway I have in mind.
What is your overall opinion of the look & the increased thickness for stepping stone?

Dosaye - Florida, Zone "zone 9a"
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 06:59 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

????? that l@@ks real. Really real. I don't understand. HOW did you get it to look like that/ WOW> I hope you are selling these for Mega $$$$ , Very beautiful. How did you learn to do these?

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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 07:22 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Serenity,
As for the painting, I tried to simulate the actual [lant colors itself. I had to mix paints together & still was off color to the green, Base paint, dry brushing & then the lines is all I did, The back is unpainted to finish curing.
I dont know of a soul that would buy these near me. I live way out from major city. The thought is good though. To heavy to ship so I will just fill up the gardens with them.LOL. Thank you again,
Shellie

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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 07:27 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Fantastic finished photos - now I really want to motivate myself to do one. In MN we don't have too many large leafed plants so lots of my friends have made them using rhubarb leaves - that is what I will try first.

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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 07:33 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

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Birdgarden wrote on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 05:39 pm:


I would love to do a rhubarb leaf. But, yes there's a but, I have never grown Rhubarb, (love it in a pie though) No where here to get a plant or seed. WOuld love for someone to tell me how to get & grow one.
Thanks a bunch,

Dosaye - Florida, Zone "zone 9a"
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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 07:39 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

You should look into an art show. REALLY. my sister was always going to shows when she lived in Fla. Mt. Dora? I believe. Look in your area. I am SURE you could find something.

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Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 07:49 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post


Serenitybench wrote on Friday, July 21, 2006 - 05:51 pm:


I live approx. 35 miles NE of Mt.Dora. My mother was a police officer & we lived in Mt.Dora back in the late 60's through 1971. Too cool.

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Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 12:29 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Well, we deal antiques and I KNOW people up "north" here are always talking going to Mt. Dora. and I also remember sis going to art shows around there too. Might be worth your while to do a LookieLoo.Just a thought. they are very nice looking on here. I dnt think you would have trouble selling them at all. What do you GB'ers think?

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Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 06:41 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Interesting I have never heard of this before and I cant believe they arent real?

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Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 09:17 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Cameok,Post a photo of your area so we can help you. My vote is Ruby Star (more intense color than the Magnus) and Black Eyed Susans, Gotta love it. Easy to grow. they spread nicely. you can fill in with annuals, and Taa~Dah. lots of color. I have them everywhere. They make me

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Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 05:09 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

WOW! What an amazing job!!! Can you come by and teach me now? LoL....That's something I would love to try!
Thanks for the inspiration!

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Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 10:56 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Could you please please please share how you went about it with the paint? Like the EE...did you paint it yellow first then green and the Caladiums what color did you start with first? Also what kind of sealer to give them such gloss? I did my first leaves today. You would of thought I was about to do brain surgery. I was so intimidated at first. Then I just told myself "you can't make that bad of a mistake. I'll just paint over it". Then I began and Wha-la. I had a ball!! But a long way to go to get them that great looking. You don’t have any worries of me being your competition……..:)donna

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Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 07:39 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Wow, they are amazing! Great Job!

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