Published by Admin on 08/19/2021 In category Inspiration
Making bonsai pots can be done with a variety of materials, and one of them is Hebel Block or AAC (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete). By using this material, of course, you can save costs because Hebel blocks can be obtained at building stores at very cheap prices.
As we know, bonsai pots made using clay or ceramics have a fairly high price. Because of this, my thoughts were on the Hebel block to turn it into a bonsai pot.
The advantage of using a Hebel block is that you can determine the desired pot design. However, the smoothness of the result is determined by your diligence and the tools at your disposal.
Okay, let’s get straight to the point.
First, prepare the Hebel block and tools for cutting and prying. In this practice, I only use three traditional tools namely saw, screwdriver, and ruler.
PS: Using electric tools such as grinders and drills might yield better results and save time, but I haven’t tried it.
I assume you have all the tools you need and now measure how long and deep the pot you want to make. Don’t forget to also think about the height of the pot’s feet and drainage holes.
After the measurement and marking are complete, cut the Hebel block with a saw.
Next, make the pot legs. You can use a hacksaw to make a smooth corner.
This is followed by punching holes in the pot with a screwdriver. The trick is to make a line as deep as 1 inch, then pry it from the inside to the outside. It’s very easy, but it takes a little effort.
Then make a drainage hole by scraping a screwdriver while pressing it gently.
The last is a process that requires patience, namely smoothing the entire edge with cement mortar. The more carefully you do this, the better the results.
The last thing is to paint it. My suggestion is to use acrylic paint with multiple layers. Because after several trials, acrylic paints can last a year more than chalk or oil paints.
However, you can still use chalk paint or oil paint, you just have to transparent varnish at the end so that the color lasts longer and doesn’t wear out when exposed to the sun and water every day.
The results of making pots that I did in this practice can see below. I also present a picture of the time of transplanting a tree into a pot that I made from this Hebel block.
I also made some small pots for small plants and faux rock which you can see below.
In my personal opinion, making bonsai pots from Hebel blocks is faster and easier to do than cement. The weight of the Hebel block pot is also much lighter than the pot made of cement. But the drawback is that the Hebel block is not as strong as cement.