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« on: November 20, 2012 09:52:52 PM »

I made this orb from hypertufa and then treated it with Iron Sulfate to give it a rustic look.  It reminds me of an old wrecking ball.

Here's a photo tutorial of what I did. 
Please, always use safety gear: chemical resistant gloves, safety glasses and dust mask. 
Step1 - wrap with plastic wrap
Step2 - tape with cement tape
Cement Step3 was actually two steps:  I covered one half of the 16" schoolyard ball with cement and let it dry before flipping it over and repeating the process on the other half. I made sure not to cement over a 5" radius from the hole so I could deflate and remove the ball. 
Step4, "rust," is when I sprinkled iron sulfate, sprayed the whole thing with water and let it sit for about 4 hours to "rust."  Iron sulfate will stain almost everything so be sure to protect surfaces you don't want stained.
Step5-deflate with a pump needle. Remove the ball and plastic wrap.

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012 12:07:51 AM »

Loving the 'instant aged' effect - looks great!
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012 05:57:57 AM »

I am definitely trying this next spring. Great way to use hypertufa. But I may go a bit smaller Wink. I do like the aged look. Again something I will use with my rhubarb leaf bird baths.
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012 11:07:39 AM »

Wow! This came out fantastic!!! Love the rust look. Great job!!!
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2012 12:29:58 PM »

Nice! When I first saw it I thought, "Hey! This person had a dragon hatch in her back yard!"
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