Designed to be modular, M+A's hanging planters can be hung in different ways. For the simplest iteration hang it by the hoop itself. To get a little more height use the hanging hook that comes with the set. For varying heights tack on the extension hooks (sold separately) and use with or without the welded rings for an effect that is reminiscent of fine jewelry.
The metal components are brass with a polished finish. We chose not to put a lacquer coating on the brass so that it can develop a patina over time that we like. However, if patina isn’t your thing, a paste of baking soda and lemon juice applied every now and then will get you back to the high polish that you like.
The planter itself is hand carved out of alabaster that is so beautiful, it will take your breath away. A drainage hole at the bottom will keep your plants happy, whether you choose to put soil directly in the planter or opt to use a plastic liner pot straight from the plant shop. If you choose to put soil directly in the planter, note that you will get efflorescence along the vein lines (the salt in the stone migrates to the surface as with terracotta). We think that’s interesting.
Note, though, that it is amazing as a lantern as well, and you might want to have the flexibility of switching the end use up. To use as a lantern just put a small glass votive candle inside. Note: be sure to hang in a sheltered area away from high traffic areas and never leave a lit candle unattended.
Alabaster planter 4 ¼” Diameter x 3 ¾”H (not including base); ¾” drainage hole
11 1/8” diameter brass hoop
16 1/8” brass hook
Designed in Brooklyn by M+A NYC
Made in India
If a patina is desired, just let the metal oxidize naturally and sit back and enjoy the show. For a polished brass finish clean brass components with
a paste of baking soda and lemon juice; work the paste on with a soft cloth and rub in one direction; rinse and buff with a soft dry cloth.
There is also a market product called "Brasso" that cleans brass quickly.
If you want to clean the alabaster just use cold water and a soft clean rag and wipe dry. Do not use really hot or boiling water as it will change the opaqueness of the stone and cause it to become more translucent.