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How To ‘Age’ Garden Ornaments

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If you want to get rid of that ‘straight from the garden centre’ look about your pots, tubs, containers and statuary, there is a simple way to age them – naturally!
What you'll need: 
3 inch paintbrush
Pot of natural yogurt
Soot from the chimney (optional)
1: 
Mix the soot and yogurt at the rate of one tablespoon of soot to one small pot of yogurt. This should be sufficient for one good-sized container.
2: 
Paint the mixture onto the container and leave to dry. If it rains before the mixture is dry, the yogurt will wash off and the process will need repeating.
3: 
If the container or statue is made from reconstituted stone and is rough textured, work the bristles of the brush into all the cracks and crevices.
Conclusion: 
This treatment will darken the ‘stone’ instantly, as well as encouraging moss and lichen to grow. Using plain yogurt will not darken the stone, but it will cause it to change colour.
Warnings: 
The treatment will not work on plastics tubs and containers.

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