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Im making orchid mounts

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by annabanana1987, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. annabanana1987

    annabanana1987 Active Member

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    Hello !
    In making orchid mount baskets out of cedar. I want to make them almost like the cedar baskets I've seen. But not as tall and more surface area
    I just have one question. Is it safe for wood glue to be involved? And any cedar is ok ?
    I want the roots to flow freely to do what they do got up and down , and them not to pick up toxics from glue and what not. Ill keep you up dated threw the process and I have some setting already.

    Tha ks all♥♡♥
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I don't know about glue and orchid safety. However, if you are going to use glue make sure it can hold up under wet conditions. Gorilla Glue would probably work.
    As for cedar, I have mounted orchids on incense cedar and that seems to work fine for the orchids. In Ohio your local cedar is probably eastern red cedar and I don't know how orchids work with it but it is very decay resistant. I'll be curious to see what you come up with.
     
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    Its not the best looking for sure but once I get the kinks worked out . Im sure it will produce something im happy with♡

    Thanks for the help kellyW
     
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    uploadfromtaptalk1397256469445.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1397256483922.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1397256500647.jpg that's the start of some great fun I think !
    I just got a couple mini phals from the store. Didnt want to ruin any specail plants! But im sure these two will become a special part of my collection as my first built from scratch, almost paying nothing mount!
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Looks good. What kind of glue and wood did you use?
     
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    I used elmers wood glue, it was the only thing that didnt seem toxic. Now as wood I used cedar shimmies that are basically "scrap wood" im interested in doing them a lot neater and a lot better in the future ! Try out more exciting wood and orchids ♥♡
    Its ganna hang like a picture just from the top. Once I figure out if the glue will hold :D
     
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    Making smaller ones now, I do love grouping the minis together so cute ♡
     
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    This sedirea japonica is about to bloom I want to mount it too, its still developing do you think I could mount it without any problems like bud blast oe should I wait? uploadfromtaptalk1397260525675.jpg
     
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    I would wait. This is a critical time for that flower spike. Changing its environment may cause the buds to blast.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very interesting! I think epoxy should work. There are even some that are specifically for wood. Once it cures it won't be toxic.
     
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    The glue will soften and fail before too long. Try drilling a hole in the ends of the shims and passing a wire through it.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Sean is right. Wire or eye-bolts would be a lot more secure.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing after I did these. I will find some wire ! Thanks Sean and ray, I will try and keep youn posted ♡
     
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    Daethen Orchid Mom

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    I just started making my own baskets and I used white cedar and found a 50' roll of heavier coated wire for about 8 bucks at the local hardware store. Drilled holes in the corners of the wood (which I left thicker than what you have there) then threaded the wire through the holes. I have a little brad nailer that I used to tack the strips across the bottom. No glue that way.
     
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    Yes I have been thinking about wire im tracking g some down . Im ganna experiment more with a basket look but side ways if that makes sense ..

    Please show me a picture of what your working on Daethan♥
     
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    Daethen Orchid Mom

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    This is one of the ones I recently made.

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    Looks great!!