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#83030 February 11th, 2007 at 10:42 PM
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I found this small (10 inches high by 10 inches across) ceramic item yesterday, that I assume is a birdbath? I love all things celestial, and this sun said "take me home" immediately! laugh

I thought it would look nice in the garden surrounding the pond, when that's all done. My problem is... the sun part is not glazed. Is there something I can coat it with - a clear coat, so the bird droppings, etc., do not stain, or ruin the sun? Of course I'd want to use something that would be safe for the birds.

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#83031 February 11th, 2007 at 10:54 PM
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What a totally cool piece! I have no idea how to protect the sunface. But, I really like the birdbath!

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#83032 February 11th, 2007 at 11:09 PM
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I imagine some clear acryllic paint or spray would do the trick.

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#83033 February 12th, 2007 at 12:16 AM
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I imagine some clear acryllic paint or spray would do the trick.
Is that safe for the birds? Because eventually it breaks down some from the sun and stuff....

I really love it Lynne, I would use it to put birdseed in instead of water. thumbup

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#83034 February 12th, 2007 at 12:18 AM
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I agree with loz about the dangers of acrylic spray.

But... I don't want to put seed in it, for 2 reasons. Firstly, I wouldn't be able to see the sun, and secondly, I don't want the seeds to grow in the garden there...

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#83035 February 12th, 2007 at 12:23 AM
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Lynne, how about some kind of clear wrap? Like Saran Wrap...maybe just on the bottom part and weighted down by a few small rocks? I don't know I'm at a loss....

I'd want to see it too, I just don't know how I'd make it sealed and bird safe. perpl

This one has me stumped. *scratches head*

Do you have to seal it? Could you just make sure to spray it out each day with a hose?

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#83036 February 12th, 2007 at 12:24 AM
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That's a gorgeous piece, Lynne! Duh Gosh, maybe the only thing you can do is to come up with some sort of a clear plastic liner for it.

I'm sure looking forward to watching your pond area come to life! [Linked Image]

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#83037 February 12th, 2007 at 12:45 AM
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My daughter got that same one I think for her Auntie. I'll ask her if she did anything with it. My other sister does ceramics in her basement and I think she might have clear glazed it and fired it for her. Not sure, I'll check.

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#83038 February 12th, 2007 at 01:00 AM
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That is a beautiful piece!!! I will try to remember to ask the teacher in my ceramics class Thursday night

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#83039 February 12th, 2007 at 01:14 AM
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Thanks all!

I'm not sure it can be glazed again, mel - it might crack.

I think I might just have to try and stay up on it and clean it more than I'd like to have to...

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#83040 February 12th, 2007 at 01:01 PM
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It was probably left unglazed for the birds safety. Completely smooth or glazed bird baths are slippery. Birds need a rough or not slippery anyway surface to get a footing. I can send you some sample packets of an enzyme you add to bath water, perfectly safe for birds, that help break down droppings and algae, keeping the bath clean.

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#83041 February 12th, 2007 at 01:39 PM
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I did know about the slippery factor, Wrennie, but didn't think about it where this was concerned. Good thinking!

I've not heard of that enzyme - what is it?
That would be great if you have some samples you could share!

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#83042 February 12th, 2007 at 01:59 PM
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I LOVE it Lynne...how cool!!!

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#83043 February 12th, 2007 at 02:39 PM
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My wife LUVED it and wants one for our house, too. We have a huge concrete birdbathnow, but plan on adding several more.

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#83044 February 12th, 2007 at 06:21 PM
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Where did you buy that Lynne? I forgot to ask.....

I never thought about the slippery factor either..... shocked

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#83045 February 12th, 2007 at 07:22 PM
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it's a gorgeous piece!!! i'd hang it up somewhere, rather than use it for the birds.

too pretty to not be seen and appreciated!!!

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#83046 February 12th, 2007 at 07:40 PM
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loz - I got it at Marshalls on Saturday - you know, one of those... see it, must have it, better get it because it was the only one... type purchases!

Joclyn - thanks! It has a pedestal base, and is not meant for hanging. It will be seen plenty in the garden I'm planning for around the new pond, so I'm not worried about that!

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#83047 February 12th, 2007 at 10:38 PM
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That is a bautiful piece Lynne and a great addition for your new garden area!

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#83048 February 12th, 2007 at 10:51 PM
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loz - I got it at Marshalls on Saturday - you know, one of those... see it, must have it, better get it because it was the only one... type purchases!
laugh I know those purchases all too well. laugh shocked

We don't have a Marshalls around here.... :p Wish we did.

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#83049 February 13th, 2007 at 04:29 AM
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We have Marshalls here. One of my favorite stores.

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#83050 February 13th, 2007 at 12:01 PM
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We have a Marshalls and Homestyles. grinnnn

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#83051 February 14th, 2007 at 06:21 AM
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marshalls ALWAYS has some nice stuff. and they always seem to be of the 'see it, must have it, better get it because it was the only one' type!!

i didn't realize it was attached to a base. just make sure you put it in a spot that is frequented often. that's really too pretty to not be seen!!

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#83052 February 14th, 2007 at 06:40 AM
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We have another store like Marshalls here in Nashville it is called, "Ross' Dress for Less" We buy 90% of our stuff from these two stores.

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#83053 February 15th, 2007 at 03:17 PM
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I love it too but, gosh darn it, we don't have a Marshall's around here. I just happen to need a new one. My old one got cracked when we moved but that's O.K.--gives me an excuse to go look for a pretty one like yours laugh

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#83054 February 15th, 2007 at 09:16 PM
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Walmart sells massive concrete birdbaths for $20.00. I fill mine up with marbles and colored glass beads and put a larger rough item in the center as a resting island.

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