Ah....concrete, that probably isn't a fond word for a lot of folks, but let's face it, as a crafting media- it is forgiveable!
My husband had a dream as a child ot ahve his backyard look like It's a Small World at Disneyland...and if you've seen that it means concrete. So working with concrete was something I ad to learn around, being as I'm the labor and he's the breadwinner. So we figured out how to make faux rock...then I went a little crazy from there and had to learn to cast from a sand mold and whatever was my fancy for the day. Like I have with most crafts, I dove in head first.....now don't really ahve the time to make the fun stuff. but one of these days when that darn backyard is mostly done, I will, and it's going to be awesome!
I can't wait to see how creative others are getting with their concrete!
That is one cool table. I have been doing some research on making faux rocks and casting stuff like gnomes but have kind of given up - it is just too confusing! Too much conflicting info out there. Could you please lead me in the right direction?
There is a lot of conflicting info, I'll give you that. I think it helps if you recognize that every project has to be regarded individually as far as materials go. Making that table was a completely different story than casting something from a mold, something I have done a few of but do not consider myself an expert. Oddly enough though, once I think about it, you can use the excat same recipe for both.
For all our faux projects we use a 'mortar' recipe, which is 3 parts sand to 1 part portland cement, you can use that exact same mix for casting, just mixed to a different consistency- for the faux stuff I like my mix pretty thick because I'm applying it by hand and generally not on a flat surface.
For casting you want to consider the size of the features, if you have something that has a lot of smaller features and details, I prefer to use a stepping stone mix from the craft store, it's made with a much smaller aggregate than the regular sand I use in my mortar mix. Also if you want to add strength to a casting that will be thin in any spots you can use an acrylic fortifier in place of some or all of the water.
Feel free to start a new thread if you have some specific questions!
Name: Charleen Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I'm getting ready to do it. Just want to check a little experiment I got going on , Will look at it tomarrow and let you know how it came out.
I am not a pro, but Thank you for thinking so. I will do it tomarrow or Mon. When DH goes back to work..☺