After posting about my butterfly garden and mentioning my beautiful butterfly bath, I recalled pictures I took last summer of my dad making the bath for me.
One thing I admire about my dad is he digs in and does things when he has an idea. I tend to contemplate my ideas for a long time before actually working on them. Don't get me wrong, dad is a real thinker and perhaps he thought about creating concrete baths for 10 years before making them but I don't think so.
Since I have a lot of pictures of the process, I made a photo album. It isn't as hard as it looks and really just takes a bit of space outside to make them.
Dad, I have a couple questions for you about this process but since it is after 2 AM, I decided not to call you with them. Here they are: 1) How long does it take for the concrete to dry? 2) How thick do you mix the concrete up? 3) What type of paint do you use on them? 4) Could you color the concrete when mixing somehow instead of painting them? 5) Um, was it OK that I used your picture?
Update from Dad: I use a combination of sand mix and vinycrete to get the definition. You could use either and I have, the vinyl is a finer mix but is 2-3 times as expensive as a bag of sand mix when you cost it by the pound. You could tint the mix but it would take quite a bit of it and wouldn't necessarily improve the appearance. You can use any water-based paint and dilute it to the desired degree of tint. The concrete mixture should be 1" to 1.5"thick and should cure for at least 2-3 days. (Concrete never stops curing, even under water) The Tint dries in a day and then a coating of Thompson's Water Seal is applied.
Check out the process here.