(OK maybe not Carved Stone… But close).
I have a backyard with a number of flowerbeds… In my brain, if you make a flower bed, you work hard for a little while and it is done. If you have a lawn, you work hard every week. So I have made flower beds from the beginning.
The trick to a nice look with your beds is to have sharp, clean borders.
I achieved it with vintage bricks which I salvaged from the demolition of downtown Jacksonville. (no surprise to anyone who knows me)
Well, the bricks get knocked around and run over by the lawn guy
(no I don’t cut the grass myself anymore, so some of that introduction doesn’t work anymore…)
So I decided to design and cast my own edging stones.
I have tried this on a smaller scale with edging for the herb garden around my pizza oven. Here is a photo.
I wanted a bigger stone for the beds, one that would be further in the ground and hold more mulch behind it.
First, drew out a design and got it approved by my art director (aka. wife).
I carved the design from plaster. It is a whole lot softer to carve than wood or any other material I know. And if you screw up just add more plaster and start again.
Next came the process of making the mold. The “Smooth On” company ( yes, that is their name) has a number of “rubber” mold making materials and will gladly explain it to you on their web site.
I bought a gallon mixture of mold making stuff, mixed it as directed, and poured it over the plaster piece… waited one day… and ta da it worked.
I have been casting one piece a day for about a week. I made a rolling cart, which is my version of a production line. The mold and a new casting is on one side, the newly cast, one day old piece on the other. After they are out of the mold for a day they are gently set aside to cure for another day.
So far so good.
But remember, I have a lot of flowerbeds so this may go on for awhile….like maybe a year….i guess I should do the math and really see how long it will take.
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