(Items for sale are on the drop down menu under Leaf Gallery.) Sandcast Leaves
A sand and cement mixture, containing a bonder/fortifier, is applied to the back of a leaf, which has been molded over sand. Large leaves also contain fiberglass mesh.
A base is added for freestanding leaves.
After about 3 days, the leaf is removed, revealing the impression left. Each leaf is unique, since the leaf is destroyed during the process.
My initials and the year the leaf was cast are carved on the back.
A durable non-toxic outdoor paint for concrete is applied after curing, which takes about 3 weeks. It then has two coats of an outdoor polyurethane sealant. It is not recommended to leave painted cement pieces outdoors during freezing temperatures. However, they are fine on a porch, protected from snow and ice.
Some leaves can be attached to copper stakes (pipes).
Online orders include an adapter for fitting the leaf onto a 1/2 inch pipe.
Smaller leaf baths can be attached to a copper "stem" for planting in the garden or a pot. Good for small birds and butterflies.
I can't sell these as food safe, but they are great as platters
or bowls for fruit, nuts, or candy.
Flat leaves are great for walls, fences, table decor or candles.
Unpainted leaves can be used in bird baths or fountains, and can be left outdoors year round.
The Leaf Gallery pages contain photos of available leaves.