Here is the finished 'flower pot'. The colorful, broken glass pieces were rescued from an artisan glassblower. I used a heavy fishing line to string the glass, and ran it through the small holes around the rim. You can see twin holes spaced along the edge. The deep blue and purple coloring is from lime-safe pigments- very pricey, and very low cost liquid laundry bluing, which can be purchased in any large supermarket. I mixed the pigments with water, and drizzled it down the side of the drum, and let gravity control where the liquid went. The bluing is "Mrs. Stewarts" brand, and cost under $3.00 for 8 ounces. It can be mixed darker or lighter. The drum wasplaced outside and has been sitting in the sun and rain all year around, the bluing fades out over time, but not quickly, and it can be applied again. The Rub-R-Slate and lime layers have held up very well over six years,a nd only a small amount of crumbling , mostly at the lip edge, can be seen.
The lime plaster alone would not have stuck to the steel drum, even with netting, so the layer of RRS allowed this project to succeed.