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tresa
« on: September 04, 2008 11:15:35 AM »

I finally managed to put in the herb garden I've been dreaming about forever, so I figured I had to make some pretty plant stakes in to mark which herb was which.



I made these out of polymer clay and armature wire.


Here's them after they came out of the oven and then had acrylic paint rubbed into the stamped letters.


And here's one in use.

I'm pretty wild about them, but I think next time I'd try to handle them a little less. With the stamping and then bending the wire around them I'm not sure how that's possible, but there must be a way.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008 11:22:18 AM »

those are really cute  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2008 11:22:39 AM »

what a cool idea. better than those little plasticy paper ones they give you.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008 11:54:48 AM »

I really, really like those!  I'm totally wisting those!
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008 11:56:19 AM »

ooohhhh i love those!  i may have to copy your idea for my own garden!  GREAT JOB!!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2008 12:02:57 PM »

I love these!  Great job!  What a nice gift they would make for a gardening friend.
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2008 04:01:31 PM »

Oooh! You just gave me an idea for my sister's Christmas gift! She makes pottery, so she can make a set out of stoneware, but I can make her a DIY kit with: a small set of alphabet stamps so she can stamp her own plant names, a template to cut out the shape of the marker, some seeds, and a gift certificate to a local nursery. Then, I can pack it in a flower pot! It'll be the perfect complement to the 5-gallon bucket garden caddy she's also getting.

Thanks so much for posting this- you've totally inspired me! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2008 04:10:14 PM »

Super cute!
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2008 06:23:18 PM »

Beautiful! If I saw those in a store, I'd be sorely tempted to buy them. I may have to steal your idea when I get the herb garden of MY dreams, if that's quite alright with you. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2008 07:11:25 PM »

That's a great idea! I like the colors you chose too!
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2008 07:36:11 PM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2008 09:54:46 AM »

These are adorable.  I bought some at a store similar but all in metal.  Yours are much much nicer.  Fantastic!!!
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« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2008 10:40:30 AM »

Thanks for all the great comments! I've been trapped away from the computer for days recovering from a scratched retina, so this was a great welcome back.

I went into more detail on my blog here: http://www.reesedixon.com/2008/08/herb-garden-markers.html

They were really easy, but also time consuming.
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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2008 01:35:58 PM »

Those are really cute. If you wanted to handle them less, maybe next time just stick the wire through the clay as if it were a bead and then bake with the wire in?
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2008 12:51:00 PM »

very cute! All of my herbs just died... but if they were alive I would want them to have cute markers like these... but they're dead  Sad
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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2008 10:25:14 PM »

These are so lovely. They aren't too distractive but they are still noticeable. I would love these in my garden!
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« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2009 06:14:53 PM »

Those are super cute...do you think they're "extreme weather" friendly?  We have crazy storms here in the spring & brutally hot summers.  I've been trying to think of a cute way to do cute plant markers, but I don't want them to die in the sun.  I got these copper ones you write on & I used a Sharpie but the weather took the writing off.
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« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2009 08:08:05 AM »

I like those!  Nice colors, too!  And you know they will hold up to the weather!  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2009 10:19:37 AM »

I've had mine in action for over a year now, and they look exactly the same. The polymer clay cleans up with soap and water, and the armature wire is made to go under wet clay so there doesn't seem to be any rust issues.

I live in San Diego so I don't get huge temperature fluctuations, but it is really humid here and gets quite hot without any problems. I imagine they might crack if you left them outside to freeze through the winter, but maybe not. All I can really say is so far so good!
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