There are people who make really amazing things out of ordinary concrete, not only structural parts but also artistic, furniture and tons more. I will be playing with introducing this material into my projects this weekend, I decided to put some samples here for you to see what’s possible with some imagination and a little work. I have come across some guys who really take this art into another dimension, in my previous post I introduced the idea of combining stone/concrete and wood. This is more about how to turn regular grey concrete mix into something off this planet.
Now, you will most likely start your project with building the frame, foundations and preparing the surface for concrete mix, but once you are there-these tips might come in handy. Believe it or not, these pics below are samples of regular concrete shaped into stone like pieces that come together in beautiful harmony with wood accents for example.
There are few ways to shape still soft concrete into these wonderful stones-ready to use moulds are one of them, but hand carving is a lot more artistic and in my opinion-a lot more fun to do.
There are moulds on the market that can do the job for you, and it will be done in a lot quicker way, press-like stone shapers-all you have to do is to press it firmly against the wet concrete to get the looks you`re after. Whichever way you choose to go with, I am sure you will have a lot of fun with it.
Last part of the project is colouring the stone. There are again few ways of doing it, from stone stain available on the market to acid staining technique that is based on the chemical reaction that occurs between the acid and particles that are inside the concrete mix. The only downside of this application is the fact that your control over the final colour is somehow limited as you do not know how intense the chemical reaction will be thus the saturation of colour is a bit in question.
Take a look at these guys, they have been in business for a long time and it looks like they can mould concrete into almost anything.
Give it a shot, have fun.