I am intrigued by the cool stuff being made out of cement. I have clay, and my own kiln, but the thing about cement is that you do NOT need to fire it, and once it’s set, it’s weather-impermeable.
Sooooooooooo, inspired by MadeByBarb, I attempted to make a couple of cement planters. They’re meant to have gaping holes in them so that your succulents can tumble out of the holes up and down the vertical column.
We had some Mortar sitting around, and I thought that Mortar and Cement would work the same – let me assure you, they do NOT. I’d already made a couple of things with cement, such as these low vessels with shattered glass on the exposed edge, and this teacup wall planter, so I knew what the final product should look and feel like.
When I attempted the tall planter with mortar, the mortar just crumbled when dry. (My finger’s in the shot so that you can see the relative size. I’d like them to be taller.) There’s something in cement that mortar doesn’t have, and it’s that “something” that gives the final product it’s strength and durability.
I will re-do these planters in cement, because I think they’ll look gorgeous, once I get it right.