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Then mix together in a large bucket or bowl:
Once the above is mixed together, put the bucket in full sun for three days.
When the mixture is good and smelly, brush it generously on the outsides of your clay pots. Then wrap the pots in plastic wrap and put them in the full sun.
In two weeks the pots will start to grow mold, and by eight weeks the pots will be nice and furry with moss, and looking very antique and old.
Rust: If you want a rust look, you can paint the post with a paint that has real metal shavings in it or "magnetic" board paint. Then you make them rust by spraying or wiping them with vinegar, daily for about a week, then leaving them outside to rust.
Copper: To patina them with a copper look, you paint them with a copper solution and painting on the acid type solution and waiting until it partially turns turquoise. The copper/patina solutions are usually sold in a pack together.
Moss: To grow real moss on any pot, rock, or rock garden, cement container or directly on the soil in your garden on a shady place in your yard. You'll need to take plain yogurt or buttermilk and place one of these in a blender with the green type of moss they sell at craft stores (do NOT use Spanish moss). You can add a bit of water to make them blend easier. After blending the solution, pour this where you want the moss to grow. In a shady area and spray it with a mister to keep it moist every day. After about a month or so, if the conditions are right (not too hot and not too dry) you'll have real moss growing permanently on your pots!
Yogurt, Moss and Glue (this is what you want): You slather on the plain yogurt, then glue on the moss with hot glue. Not as good as above, but it's instant, and no waiting for the moss to "grow". The yogurt will "age" in several weeks and look old. If you mix this method with the one above, you'll get a very cool look!
Rust Look: If painting a real terra cotta pot, first seal the pot with a clear water based sealer, if plastic, use a paint for plastics. Take the colors of rust and follow the above instructions.
Here's one idea using paint:
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I loved all of your suggestions on how to age my terra cotta pots for my new herb garden! I did the one using lime and had great results, then tried the yogurt/moss technique and followed the instructions exactly. It's been four days now, and instead of moss, all that seems to be growing is black fuzzy mold. What went wrong? Has anyone else had this happen?
By Becki A.