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tigertail777
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2013-03-27 02:23 am   Permalink

Wow! Gwen I think he turned out pretty spectacular, you must have some pretty high standards for yourself if you think he didn't turn out very well. I would be very proud to have something like that in my yard. Welcome to TC I hope you stick around and keep on creating. Loving what I am seeing so far.

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
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From: NJ
Posted: 2013-03-27 8:08 pm   Permalink

Thanks Gwen!

Those are great directions. I've done some concrete work with my husband so I have a little experience in that area. It's starting to get a little warmer in the Northeast so I'll be attempting my first concrete tiki soon. When I do I'll take some pictures. I'd love an army of these guys around my pool.

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MaukaHale
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Joined: May 07, 2012
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2013-03-27 8:40 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-03-26 19:46, Gwen wrote:

p.s. No, Lori- I didn't buy a hypertufa e-book. What I did buy was a really fantastic out of print book on concrete garden sculpture called 'Creating with Concrete' by Sherri Warner Hunter. You can find it easily.

[ This Message was edited by: Gwen 2013-03-26 19:50 ]



Gwen,

Sherri has three different books:

1. Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More by Sherri Warner Hunter (Mar 6, 2012)

2. Making Concrete Garden Ornaments by Sherri Warner Hunter (May 1, 2002)

3. Creating with Concrete: Yard Art, Sculpture and Garden Projects by Sherri Warner Hunter (Jun 30, 2001)

Is one book better than the others?

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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
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From: Northern California
Posted: 2013-03-28 07:32 am   Permalink



Sherri has three different books:

1. Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More by Sherri Warner Hunter (Mar 6, 2012)

2. Making Concrete Garden Ornaments by Sherri Warner Hunter (May 1, 2002)

3. Creating with Concrete: Yard Art, Sculpture and Garden Projects by Sherri Warner Hunter (Jun 30, 2001)

Is one book better than the others?


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There is a reviewer on Amazon who warns that 'Making Concrete Garden Ornaments' is in fact the same book as 'Creating with Concrete', so I guess there are really only two books to choose from. Looking at the summation of 'Creative Concrete Ornaments', it sounds like the book gives instructions for a different set of specific projects, but the basic techniques covered would be much the same. I think either one would be just dandy.
BTW, as mentioned, I cast my guy in a cardboard tube. But the book recommends using a piece of sheet metal shaped into a cylinder and held in place with clamps. The cardboard could only be used once, but the sheet metal could be used again and again, should you want to have your garden well and truly tikied out. I want to do future ones that way.


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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From: NJ
Posted: 2013-03-30 10:30 am   Permalink

Sheet metal... brilliant! Thanks for the tips.

It's getting warm(er) here. I'm getting excited. I'd start one tomorrow but it's supposed to rain. Maybe pour one next Friday and carve it over the weekend!


Thanks again Gwen!
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Gene S Morgan
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Joined: Jul 18, 2011
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From: Midwest the navel of the USA
Posted: 2013-05-05 9:02 pm   Permalink

Finally found your thread Gwen thanks to Lori's link. This a very good idea ... I think I had one of those books at one time, but I can't find it anymore. I think your tiki is very good and an army of them all around the yard is a very sane idea. The cardboard mold got the wheels spinning in my head and I thought maybe it would be possible to construct a basic tiki face on the inside using wood scrap to make a mold and detail it later. Sorry, my mind works in strange ways .... Great thread ... Gene

 
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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
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From: Northern California
Posted: 2013-05-05 9:12 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-05-05 21:02, Gene S Morgan wrote:
Finally found your thread Gwen thanks to Lori's link. This a very good idea ... I think I had one of those books at one time, but I can't find it anymore. I think your tiki is very good and an army of them all around the yard is a very sane idea. The cardboard mold got the wheels spinning in my head and I thought maybe it would be possible to construct a basic tiki face on the inside using wood scrap to make a mold and detail it later. Sorry, my mind works in strange ways .... Great thread ... Gene



I don't think that's a strange idea, Gene, so long as you can figure out a way to make it work. I would really like to do some molds myself. I keep meaning to explore that idea... by the way, did you see my recent thread on the tiki lamp I made? It is another concrete project.


 
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Philot
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From: The armpit of Florida
Posted: 2013-05-06 6:32 pm   Permalink

Gwen, assuming now that this has fully cured and dried out, Q: did the hypertufa turn out noticeably lighter than plain concrete?

 
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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
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From: Northern California
Posted: 2013-05-06 8:58 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-05-06 18:32, Philot wrote:
Gwen, assuming now that this has fully cured and dried out, Q: did the hypertufa turn out noticeably lighter than plain concrete?



My hypertufa mixes have been different from yours, as I didn't use sand. But I would not think it would cure lighter than plain concrete, since the component materials are not lighter in color.
I put an acrylic wash on a small one I did. It worked quite well. I am sure it would not stand up super well to the elements, but one could easily freshen up the wash every few years. Most concrete stains seem pretty toxic and also pricey.


 
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Philot
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From: The armpit of Florida
Posted: 2013-05-07 07:28 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-05-06 20:58, Gwen wrote:
Quote:

On 2013-05-06 18:32, Philot wrote:
Gwen, assuming now that this has fully cured and dried out, Q: did the hypertufa turn out noticeably lighter than plain concrete?



My hypertufa mixes have been different from yours, as I didn't use sand. But I would not think it would cure lighter than plain concrete, since the component materials are not lighter in color.
I put an acrylic wash on a small one I did. It worked quite well. I am sure it would not stand up super well to the elements, but one could easily freshen up the wash every few years. Most concrete stains seem pretty toxic and also pricey.



Whoops, guess I should have been a little more specific. I was actually interested in the weight, not the color. Although, unless you live in a desert, the peat moss component probably doesn't let go of 100% of its moisture.

I keep hoping to find a reasonable equivalent to aerated concrete that can be cast by the DIY'er. The closest I've seen anyone come to that is using perlite as an aggregate.



Looks like hypertufa / papercrete / other creative mixes are a widely discussed topic in various gardening forums on the web:
Quote:

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/hypertufa/msg0423222317588.html
one part portland cement, two parts peat moss and three parts perlite. The texture is wonderful, the cure time is no different and it's light, light, light. It's no good for birdbaths but wonderful for plant containers.



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Gwen
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From: Northern California
Posted: 2013-05-07 07:47 am   Permalink

I feel so goofy, Lori! Of course you meant the weight.... duh! Anyway, I haven't noticed mine being much lighter after curing. I am sure some water weight is lost, but not enough to make a big difference.


 
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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
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From: Northern California
Posted: 2013-05-08 10:47 am   Permalink

Here is my completed tiki modern lamp. I want to do at least one more of these with a more elongated and tapered tiki figure....





 
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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
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From: Northern California
Posted: 2013-05-08 10:49 am   Permalink

And here is my triptych painting, featuring my dog Boo Boo as a tiki god...





 
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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
Posts: 69
From: Northern California
Posted: 2013-05-08 10:52 am   Permalink

I really wanted a large zebra rug of good quality, but the ones I found online were all either cheesy or very expensive. So I bought a sisal rug and painted one myself. This could be done VERY inexpensively by buying a used sisal rug on craigslist, then using inexpensive mismatched paint from the paint store.





 
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Gwen
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Joined: Mar 20, 2013
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From: Northern California
Posted: 2013-05-08 10:58 am   Permalink

These are the last couple of tiki's I have made. They are both made using a kind off odd hypertufa mix- three parts plain potting soil to one part concrete. This mix has the disadvantage of being crumbly in the extreme- like carving a stale brownie! But the finished texture looks really nice and the price is great. Costs about five bucks to make a 3 foot tiki. I made the one guy hollow as a practice run for doing a fountain.






 
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