Monday, January 25, 2010

Aging Terra-Cotta

Clay pots gradually whiten with age, showing evidence of mineral leaching from water through the years. Here's how to get that charming,weathered look without waiting.

1. Stir 1 cup of lime powder, a mineral available at garden centers, into 2 cups of water until it takes on a thick,gravy like consistency, With a bristle crush,paint the solution onto pots,sparingly in some places and generously in others.
2. When the pot is completely coated and still wet, spray some spots with water from a spray bottle on the stream setting to let some of the line solution run off

3. Allow the pot to dry,then sand in a random pattern with medium grit sandpaper about 150 grit until you are satisfied with the gently mottled surface.

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