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 cement all purpose drywall joint topping fiberglass resin
chicken wire and hardware cloth
cooking spray 2 part expanding foam
1"x2"s and 2"x2"s Liquid latex plaster bandages
spray tack Solvent based Concrete sealer
needle nosed pliers
concrete mixer optional
concrete vibrator optional