After traveling to Mexico and Thailand, I was inspired by the various ruins and stone carvings I saw and wanted to make my own concrete sculpture. I had never done such a project before and was unsure about what route to take, but being a landscape contractor and self-taught artist/creator I was familiar with various forms of concrete/masonry and created a giant Buddha sculpture using the following steps.
There might be easier ways to undertake such a project, but I used what materials I had on hand in order to keep costs minimal - especially not knowing if my idea would work. The original mold and box I made lasted 5 castings before it became unusable. That was due to my lack of reinforcing the mother mold with fiberglass. I then created Version 2.0, which is the method I have been using since and am teaching you today. To date I have made 15 of these 350 lb.+ Buddha castings all of which are currently nestled in various gardens belonging to my friends, family and clients.
empty 5 gallon bucket
portland cementall purpose drywall joint toppingfiberglass resin
chicken wire and hardware cloth
cooking spray2 part expanding foam
1"x2"s and 2"x2"sLiquid latexplaster bandages
spray tackSolvent based Concrete sealer
needle nosed pliers
concrete mixer optional
concrete vibrator optional