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Concrete Crafts: Simple Projects from Jewelry to Place Settings, Birdbaths to Umbrella Stands

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Concrete Crafts: Simple Projects from Jewelry to Place Settings, Birdbaths to Umbrella Stands

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Feb 4, 2014
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Pouring concrete doesn’t have to be left to the professionalsdecorate your home with concrete poured, mixed, and molded by your own two hands! Versatile, inexpensive, and easily casted, concrete is the perfect medium for crafters, tinkerers, and home improvers. Now, lifelong crafters and interior designers Susanna Zacke and Sania Hedengren reveal more than thirty of their favorite, no-fuss casting projects.

Decorate your kitchen table or outdoor patio with:
Rhubarb leaf fruit bowls
Clustered candleholders
Birdbaths
Patterned pots
Flower vases
Angel figurines
And much more!

Once you get started, you won’t want to stop making trinkets and ornate arrangements for friends, family, and each room in your house. Plus, crafting with concrete is a great way to get outside and enjoy a beautiful, sunny day.

Featuring step-by-step photos, easy-to-follow directions, and Susanna and Sania’s expert tips, Concrete, the Perfect Hobby is the ultimate new guide to outdoor crafting. Pour out your creativity and discover the beautiful, practical items you can cast!
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Good to Know

WHAT IS CONCRETE?

Concrete consists of 80 percent ballast rock, which is comprised of sand, stone, and gravel. Fourteen percent is cement, which consists of heated and ground limestone, and 6 percent is water. Concrete is therefore a natural material that is eco-friendly, useful, and long lasting.

Concrete is also one of the world’s most important building materials, and it has a long history in the construction industry. There are very old structures, such as amphitheaters, bridges, and houses, that are made of concrete, and they have stood for thousands of years.

The fine concrete that we’ve used for the projects in this book will be relatively smooth because it’s made of tiny stones, about an eighth of an inch in size. If you want it to be even smoother, you can use a concrete mix used in repairs; you can find all kinds of concrete at your local home improvement store.

Buckets, sandbox toys, plastic bowls, tubs, bottles, and old packaging are all examples of good, inexpensive molds that you can use to make pots, birdbaths, candle-holders, and more.

MOLDS

The shape you cast in is the most important part of the process, as it’s the part that delivers the results. It’s here that you have to use your imagination. Plastic is a good material because it’s elastic and has a smooth surface that won’t stick to the concrete. However, many other materials, such as heavy cardboard, wood, and metal, also work just fine. Remember to brush the inside of the mold with vegetable oil to loosen the concrete from the sides.

For tabletops, benches, and shelves, you’ll need to build your own shape using particle board and form-works. You can also look around at flea markets and thrift stores for inexpensive options and whimsical shapes. It can even be as simple as using ice cube trays from Ikea. Sometimes in order to remove the set concrete, you’ll have to cut the mold, so it makes sense to use an old plastic container that would have gone to waste anyway.

REINFORCEMENT

Reinforcing the concrete is necessary when you cast larger pieces. For example, a tabletop must be strengthened to keep it from breaking. The reinforcement also makes the concrete more resistant to frost. To reinforce concrete, use rebar, reinforcement mesh, hardware cloth, or chicken wire. We use chicken wire for our projects, because the wire is soft and can be easily cut with a pair of pliers.

To use chicken wire as reinforcement, trim a piece of wire to fit the mold. Push the wire down into the wet concrete, and cover with a little more concrete to keep the mesh in place. It’s not nearly as complicated as it may sound. You can read more about this in each project.

DECORATION

To give the concrete that extra touch, you can decorate it with a variety of different things. A pot, for example, can be decorated with mosaic pieces that you press down into the wet

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