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Post  prkulib on Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:02 pm

I was on weetree,and was looking at their handmade pots, it says they are metal, cement and epoxy. Does anyome make pots like these or know where I can find directions?
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Re: homemade question

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:05 pm

You can't order from WeeTree?
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Post  prkulib on Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:29 pm

Well sure, but im interested on how their made, even if whatever I would produce would be an abomination lol!
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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:32 pm

That type of structure is usually employed in making artificial slabs, & you can probably find the information online. I think the pots might be too rugged looking for most bonsai, but that's my taste. You probably need to use Ciment Fondu rather than Portland cement. If you want to make your own pinch pots, it would be much easier to make them out of clay. Any ceramic studio can show you how. Just remember they need feet.
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Post  Poink88 on Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:35 pm

prkulib wrote:Well sure, but im interested on how their made, even if whatever I would produce would be an abomination lol!
Same here. Planning on experimenting as well and would appreciate any tips/pointers. I cannot have a kiln (space issue) so it has to be made of cement or epoxy (or other self curing type material).

For reinforcement, I am thinking of using aluminum mesh...easier to form and more corrosion resistant than steel. Any thoughts on this?

Thank you.
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Post  rockm on Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:01 pm

I've used this:
http://www.dickblick.com/products/amaco-wireform-mesh/

with aluminum cement to make slabs. Works pretty well, unless you've after really big.

The idea is to build up layers of cement over the form, not a single layer. The mesh should be the core of the slab, but you can get significant size by extending the cement applying it in layers over time...

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Post  BigDave on Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:50 pm

Poink88 wrote: Any thoughts on this?

Thank you.

Take a look in the new stack of bonsai today Mags you bought...LOL

...best primer ever on artificial slab...

44# I think Persiano and Rosade
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Post  Poink88 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:10 am

BigDave wrote:
Take a look in the new stack of bonsai today Mags you bought...LOL

...best primer ever on artificial slab...

44# I think Persiano and Rosade
Thanks, I will when it gets here. Wink
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Post  Fore on Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:52 am

That's how I'm making a slab right now Rockm, my first attempt and I'm not an artist, but I'm not doing a bad job so far. No Eric K.'s(?) caliber by far! His slabs and pots are something else Wink
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Post  Dale Cochoy on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:56 pm

Bad pictures but here are some slabs, scoops and mountains w/ planting areas and water areas that I made years ago with 'Ciment Fondue' ( spelled correctly) . I used wire forms with layers of strips of fiberglass fabric. After that became fixed I used a paint brush to apply several thick layers. I colored them with colorant powder for concrete. For holes for wiring i used sections of plastic soda straws to keep the holes open.
The slab 'forms' were simply home silicone caulking over strips of fiberglass. You can see them under the slabs. As the cement dried the form was removed. They were good for SEVERAL slabs.





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