Introduction: Sunny Concrete Pot

About: I’m designer, passionate about creating and collaborating developing my creativity in solutions that can serve the maker community.

Inspired by nature and committed to create a succulent pot, I designed the "Sunny Concrete Pot". A sunny day in Sunnyvale in Sunny California I started looking to my desk when the main inspiration seeing nature made it create a minimalist look, capable of adapting to any environment.

Step 1: Sketched Concepts

A simple and organic form combined with the nature of the concrete material result in Sunny concept pot. Once the concept was sketched I began to plan how to build my mold by making some sketches of the idea. I decided to create the mold in 3 parts to make the demoulding of the piece easier.

In this stage I decided that the center piece of the mold will be in a flexible material to remove the center without damaging the piece. Investigating I found the Alginate as an easy and quick to use material for my center mold.

Step 2: Creating 3d Models

In this stage I used Autodesk Inventor to create the 3d models and to visualize that everything will assemble well.

Step 3: 3d Printing Molds

I used 3d printing to create some parts of the mold. This helped create some improvements in the final mold.

Step 4: Assembly 3d Printing Mold to Create Alginate Mold

Once that I printed the two parts of the exterior mold and the inner part of the mold I assemble the 3 pieces of the mold, press them with tweezers on the edges of the mold and began to prepare the alginate powder with water.

I used 3 full cups of alginate powder mixed with 2 cups of water and then I mixed. It is necessary to mix the material quickly and empty the mold as it hardens very quickly.

Step 5: Pour Concrete in Mold

With the 3 parts of the mold ready to start preparing the concrete mix. I reassembled the final mold pieces and started pouring the concrete from the top.

Step 6: Concrete Drying

I left the mold with concrete for 24 hours drying. After that time I removed half of the outer mold. Leaving for 12 hours more to dry the concrete, to ensure that the piece was solid.

Step 7: Complete Demold

I removed the last 2 pieces of the mold. I applied concrete sealant to make the pot waterproof.

Step 8: Sunny Ready to Use

Finally I chose a combination of succulents of different textures and colors to generate an harmony with neutral color of the concrete.

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