It Is a Fountain – Final Installment of Making an Indoor Fountain

One of the most important steps in making a fountain is now going to be tested.  Did my sealant on the inside of my pot work or not?? I let mine cure for a full week, longer than anyone suggested.    I am using an unglazed pot so any failure will show up immediately if my version of Rhino lining did not work immediately as dark spots   I would recommend you give your container plenty of time to allow your test to fail at this point, nothing could be worst than to think you are done, that to have to tear it back apart and re-engineer it later.    You don’t need to fill it to the brim.   You need a little more than the amount you expect to use in your live fountain.   I have drawn a little red line to highlight some of the edge of the water in this photo.   You can also see a dark spot where I got water on the outside of my container.

web-lining

The next thing you need to to is attach your tubing to your pump.   Mine did not come with any tubing and I bought a foot at the local hardware store for less than $1.   Put your pump in the water.   Ok, I will admit that this is the part that freaks me out a bit…electricity and water.   All I can say is be smart, cautious, error on the side of safety,  use common sense, and follow the instructions.   I don’t know why this works and I don’t get knocked on my butt, but someone a lot smarter than I am figured out how to make it work.

pumpweb

Now comes the fun part.   I slip on the layers of slate.  It is a little slower than I had thought as my hole is just big enough for my tube.  I repeated this process until all my slate with the the drilled holes are threaded on my water tube.

layers

Now is the time time to trim your tube, and turn on the water to see what you have.   I have water.   Now the debate is on, cut my tube more ore place rocks and see how it all works.    I go with the rocks option.

fountain-water

I add some stones to create somewhat of an uneven look I want.   I suspect I will be swapping out rocks and picking up rocks for quite some time.    This is a sense of personalized style that never comes easy.

fountain-rocks

I end up adding a fern in the bowl I found and drilled a hole in the bottom.  That was a good idea.  It ended up better than many of my first project and much easier.   I am ready to do some more.  So many complain that store bought fountains don’t have a good sound of water.   I either got very lucky my first time out as I got a good sound of water trickling.

fountain-final

Homemade Fountain Supplies Found

I have been on this mission to make an indoor fountain.  I have stopped in at thrift stores every time I end up in town, hoping to find something that I can take home as possible fountain material.  This weekend I hit the jackpot.    I visited all the stores  that have seasonal garden centers.   Summer is over and I was on the look out for clearance, now that the outdoor season is on its way out in Montana.  I found a submersible pump and a clay planter on clearance.   I added to that three pieces of slate, some waterproof goop, epoxy and sealer.  I got it all for less than I might pay for this size fountain retail.

fountain-supplies

I first took the clear silicone and filled the drain hole in my flower pot.   I left it sit a couple days to cure.  The recommend you use gloves.   I opt for the one use sack on the hand trick.    The one thing that you will notice is that my pot is unglazed and the silicone discolored the pot.   I expected this, but it let me know how much of a color change was possible if I got stuff where I did not want it on my pot.  I like the lighter look and want to keep the chocolate brown.

Many of your choices for your fountain may have holes in the bottom.   It is possible to fill them.

Many of your choices for your fountain may have holes in the bottom. It is possible to fill them.

Then my next job was to make my slate fit in my pot.   Lots of folks said use a tile saw, which I have and could use, but  I  choose the method that would give me a more rustic look.   The hammer.   I learned a couple of things.   Don’t hurry.  I will repeat that do NOT hurry.    You really need to work in 1/8 to 1/4 increments fully supported bellow what you are not working with.   Slate has layers.  If you insist on the hammer method be prepared to work with what you get. As you can see from the pictures I once got in a hurry and and did not follow the 1/4 rule and I lost a big chunk.   I will be fine in the end, but it required me to revamp my design.

slate

I’ve got some more to do to get that slate to fit into the clay pot.   So I will leave you with this for now.   Watch for the report on what comes next  next.

Indoor Water Fountain – on the look out

I am planning to make my own indoor water fountain.  I have looked at all the ones I can find in stores, which are not too many and everything I can find online.    I am generally turned off by the fact that most of what I am interested seems to be molded plastic to look like ceramic, rocks….you name it.

Simple a bowl, some glass blobs and an ivy plant

I also am quite sure that this is not going to be  cheaper to do it yourself option.    However I am also sure it will end up with a fountain I like better than what I can find.    There will likely be flaws and things that I learn in the adventure to do differently the second time around.

I have done bought a used book on the construction of indoor fountains on Amazon.   It was $4 after shipping.   I can get lots of information online, but with a book I can take notes and write things down as I find better ways to do things or clarifications.   I am hoping I really do well on the first one planned for my office.   If so I would like to make one for my studio space and my bedroom.

Could I duplicate this with a plate and a gazing ball?

I am on the look out for the perfect base for this fountain.   I am not sure if it is a large flat bowl, and flower pot.   It might be the bottom of a bird bath.   I am open to the possibilities.   I know that my pump has to be submerged, but that is all I am sure about at this moment about pumps.  I think I want it tiered and have experience drilling through ceramic  and porcelain so that makes some of the ideas simpler or at least less foreign of getting tubing up and through all my finds.

If I found something like this I would snatch it up right away. It might work excellent with a collection of pottery bowls I have.

I will share my adventures in the quest for making a fountain with you.   Right now I am scrounging thrift stores, close outs and garden centers looking for what might make a good base.