We had a good crop of rhubarb this year, with big gorgeous leaves. I’ve been wanting to make a leaf casting, so we decided this was the year. Our friend Karen joined us and contributed some hosta leaves from her garden.
We cranked up the cement mixer and mixed up a bag of mortar mix, which dries to a pale gray and is nice and smooth, with no gravel, just sand which makes a nice smooth mix for casting. The leaf is smoothed over a mound of damp sand, shaped to form a bowl shape which will catch water and make a nice basin for a birdbath.
The mortar mix is patted over the leaf. Dan came up with the brilliant idea of using another leaf to make an imprint on the underside of the casting. Once as much mix as needed is added, the casting is allowed to set overnight. The next day, the leaf is removed and the veins in the back side of the leaf will have made an imprint of the casting.
I think they will look great tucked amidst the flowers gardens, providing a bit of watery respite for the backyard birds.