By Nathan Smith, Michael Snyder, Charles Coleman
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Mix according to the directions in this step. Mixing until the slurry achieves a yogurtlike consistency. CONCRETE SPHERE 45 Using a sponge to apply slurry. 7 APPLY THE SLURRY. Wearing gloves, apply the slurry to the sphere by hand or using a clean damp sponge. Cover the sphere with slurry, working it into all the veins and voids. 8 PROCESS. Once the sphere is covered with slurry, clean off the excess slurry using a damp sponge and a bucket of water. Timing is key here, if you wait too long it will be more difficult to get all the blue residue off the sphere.
EASY STACKED RING PLANTER Some of the materials needed for this project. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1. Quikrete 5000 Concrete Mix 3. Cardboard tube (for inner form) 2. Melamine 4. Water MATERIALS • Cardboard or plastic ring, 6 inches in diameter and 1½ inches high (for the outer ring) • Cardboard or plastic ring, 7 inches in diameter and 1½ inches high (for the outer ring) 6. Tape 7. Rings (for the outer form) • Water • Black pigment • Plastic sheet • Cardboard or plastic ring, 8 inches in diameter and 1½ inches high (for the outer ring) TOOLS • Three cardboard or plastic rings, 4 inches in diameter and 1½ inches high (for the inner rings) • Box cutter or carpenter knife • One 12 × 24-inch piece of 3-inch melamine (or three separate pieces that will each fit one cardboard ring, for the base) • Painter’s tape • Saw • 80- to 120-grit sandpaper • Caulking gun • Silicone caulk • Bucket • Rubber gloves • Margin trowel • Approximately ¼ of an 80-lb.
STACKED RING PLANTER 53 Cracks and chips add to the character of the piece. INTEGRAL COLOR WITH RECESSED DESIGN A striking addition to your home, this concrete address sign supplies handcrafted curb appeal. This project demonstrates how to use pigment to color the mix for the sign and how to capitalize on unusual finds by using them as knockouts. We used cardboard numbers that we found at a local craft store, but we’ve also seen foam, plastic, and metal versions. ) The finished address sign measures 32 × 6 × 3 inches.
Color concrete garden projects : make your own planters, furniture, and fire pits using creative techniques and vibrant finishes by Nathan Smith, Michael Snyder, Charles Coleman