So I went to my friendly local hardware store, bought the solar lights and pots. The hardware store folks were a great help in suggesting how best to drill terracotta, the exact “L” brackets that are bendy enough to adjust its angle, and suggested the neoprene (rubber) washers for the screws.
I think they came out pretty well. The lights are rather dim, but this was just the first night’s photos. I don’t think the lights got enough sun power before I put them up. Even if they are on the dim side, they still work well. Glad I painted the interior of the pot white.
At first I tried drilling the holes with wood drill bits. It worked, but it took about 45 minutes to drill two holes. I have a masonry drill bit now, and it was suggested that I add water as I drill and that may help things along. Then I just added the solar light on top with just a couple dabs of glue. Almost any glue would work. I had some glass/metal glue on hand and it works fine. UPDATE: The masonry drill bit worked wonders. Keeping the area wet, it drilled through with little effort. I drilled six holes in three pots in ten minutes.
I may see if some penetrating sealer I have left over from the slate tile base of the shed would drastically change the color of the terracotta. It’s moisture and freeze/thaw cycles that can crack, chip and cause mayhem with terracotta. Avoiding that may be wise. I just don’t want the color of the pots to go too dark.
The pot and solar lights came to about $6 (off season prices) and the “L” brackets and bolts to another $4. So, for $10 I got this nice night light.
|I had this in my head back when I planned out the design last year.|
|Color-wise the terracotta looks good with the slate base of the shed. I may get a quart of a terracotta-colored paint and paint a few details of the shed here and there.|
|Two “L” brackets bolted together. One half of the bracket fit snugly under the clapboard. I may paint the bracket green – just to have it blend in a bit better.|
|I’ll post again when I have the other three lights up.|
|The pot itself was only $2.|
|$4 this late in the season.|
|The finished pot lights.|
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