By Alan Wycheck
• Create exact tiles, bowls, pavers, stepping stones, planters, tabletops, birdbaths, and more
• features a gallery of imaginitive and unique projects
• recommendations sincerely defined for the amateur or skilled crafter
Concrete is a cheap and easy-to-work-with fabric that may be used to create dozens of important and fashionable add-ons for the house or backyard.
With full-color, step by step images, this distinct advisor demonstrates easy methods to make practical concrete initiatives that experience a particular aptitude. It comprises directions on blending prepackaged concrete in addition to common and light-weight formulation. it is usually info on making molds, pouring, curing, developing texture, including aggregates, staining, and completing.
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You can also trowel the top surface of ﬂat concrete, but it will never come out perfectly ﬂat as it does when poured onto a perfectly ﬂat mold. Pavers 25 Making Colored and Textured Pavers 3. Sprinkle some color of your choice onto the bottom of the mold. A little color goes a long way. Now that you understand the basics of concrete and mold-making, we will move on to some variations. After all, you could just go to your local home improvement store and buy gray concrete pavers, but with your newly gained knowledge, you can make pavers of various sizes, textures, and colors.
Make sure the boards butt squarely against one another. If you’ve cut the 18-inch boards accurately, the cells should come together squarely. Tiles 35 15. Make sure all of the cells are square by butting all of the boards tight together before securing them to the plywood. Continue to the end. 16. The last two cells will be about 3 inches shorter than the rest. The tiles from the last two cells will be about 18 x 15 inches and can be used as cut pieces when the tiles are installed. 17. Optional: It is not necessary to caulk the corners of the cells, but if you want rounded tile edges, you should now caulk them with a thin bead of 100-percent silicone caulk.
Continue vibrating until the concrete is level. 38 Tiles 25. Cover the concrete and allow it to cure one to two days, depending on the temperature. 27. Remove the screws. 28. Remove the boards. Sometimes the tiles 26. After the concrete has cured sufﬁciently, remove the tape that covers the screws. will slip out easily, so try to remove as few boards as possible. This will make it easier to reassemble the mold later. Tiles 39 29. Slip a putty knife under each tile, being careful not to scratch them.
Concrete Crafts: Making Modern Accessories for the Home and Garden by Alan Wycheck