What inspired me?
If you have seen a couple of my other Instructables, you will have noticed that I love obscure materials such as pallet wood, concrete and metal. I love using these in weird but wonderful projects such as phone holders, lamps and jewellery. This is my fifth Concrete Candle holder.
What will you need?
- Concrete mix or (sand, cement)
- A container or bucket to mix in
- Plastic sandwich bag
- 300g - 500g mass (I used a 500g base from a vice)
Step 1: The Mould
Step one - The mould
The mould is actually the simplest mould I have used out of all my concrete casting projects. It is basically just a normal sandwich bag. You can pick these up at nearly any super market or local shop. It needs to be about 100-150mm in width. Now, I halved mine by over lapping it, look at the pictures if you arnt sure.
Step 2: Mixing the Concrete
Step two - Mixing the concrete
Before you mix in the sand with the cement and water, it's best to mix the cement and the water. First, place about 500g in the container. Add about 20ml of the water in small intervals, this will allow you to ensure you dont make any errors.
Its now time to add the sand. Never put in all of the water in one go. You will need to add about 100g then stir. Complete this step until the mix becomes like cookie dough. If you add too much or too little you will end up with a weak mix.
Add the concrete/mortar mix into the bag and fold. Apply the mass in the middle and then alter the bag how you want it.
Step 3: Taking Off the Mould
Step three - Taking off the mould
Be very careful when completing this step. Depending on the amount of time you have left this to cure, depends of how strong the material is. I waited two days (about 30-35 hours) for the concrete to cure. This is plenty enough time. However, it takes about 28 days for the concrete to cure properly. After the 28th day the concrete has reached its full strength.
Use scissors or if its easier rip away the bag used. Be careful not to damage the surface. Go slow if you need to.
Step 4: Finished!
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