PLAS­TER CAST LEAVES

NZ Gardener - Gifts from the Gardens - - Crafts -

Make a gar­den sculp­ture or leafy dish for in­doors with plas­ter of Paris. Pick large leaves from the gar­den that have prom­i­nent veins and mark­ings on the un­der­side. Mix the plas­ter of Paris with wa­ter as per the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. Place your leaf up­side down on a flat sur­face (lay down plas­tic first to keep it clean) and spoon the plas­ter of Paris over the leaf so it’s about ¼ inch (6mm) thick. Al­low the plas­ter to set then peel off the leaf. Paint your leaf as de­sired. Use a waterproof sealer if plac­ing out­side.

Twigs, leaves, flow­ers and other ma­te­ri­als from na­ture make quite an im­pres­sion when pressed into clay or plas­ter.

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