Introduction: Marble Concrete Plate
All my life I have been a quiet crafty person. This week I decided to create a plate to hold small items like jewelry. I would like to share with you my process and some things I learned through the process.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
The first thing you'll have to do to create your concrete plate is to gather all of your materials. Most of them you will find at home so it's quite easy to make. To start your plate you will need:
- White and gray concrete
- Mixing bowls or cups
- Mixing utensils
- Plastic container with a curve or mold
Step 2: Start to Prepare Concrete Mix
To start making your plate you will start by mixing your concrete. In my case, I was looking to make a marbled effect so I chose to use gray and white concrete.
To make your concrete first you will add to one cup about 10 tablespoons of cement, each color in their cup with their spoon.
Note. If you are mixing your concrete in cups I recommend making a hole where the concrete is to make it easier to mix in with the water.
Step 3: Mix Concert Mix
Once you have added your concrete powder and made your hole you will start adding water. Add a few tablespoons of water in the hole and mix.
You will continue to add water until you have a liquid, semi-solid that can hold its shape.
Note. This was my first time working with concrete. I learned that it does take about double the amount of water to concrete meaning is a 1:2 ratio. I also notice that when the concrete is not as wet it will crack and break during the drying process.
Step 4: Marble Your Colors
If you are working with two colors to achieve a marbled look at the end, after mixing the concrete you will add some of the darker colors you have into the lighter color cup.
Then you will gently mix them to get them to create streaks.
I recommend to not mix them much in the cup since the colors will continue to mix when we add them into the mold.
Step 5: Add Them to the Mold
Once you already have the marbled mixture in your cup you will gently scoop it into your container. Add at least about 2 inches of concrete to the mold to assure it will hold its shape.
Once the concrete is all in your mold gently tap it to remove air bubbles and let dry for 24+ hours. **It is really important to wait until it is dry because if not your plate will break.
Step 6: Remove Form Mold
After your plate has been drying for about 24 hours gently remove from mold. The best way to do this is by pulling the sides of the container. Once you have done that put your hand on the top and flip it over. When your container is like that gently tap the top until it falls into your hand or comes out of the mold.
Step 7: Enjoy Your Piece
After long days of waiting you have now finished your unique plate to hold your jewelry. It is now time to find a place in your room to start holding jewelry.
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