Introduction: Concrete Pencil Pot
What inspired me?
Well, I love obscure, weird and impractical materials such as concrete while incorporating the material into a project where its features, properties and function isn't required. I love concrete as its such an industrial material and has a very smooth finish.
What will you need?
- Cement and sand
- or Concrete Mix
- One large tapered plant pot (plastic)
- Normal sized tapered plant pot (plastic)
Step 1: Making the Mould
Step one - Making the mould
The mould consists of two moulds. A normal sized plant pot, and a larger cup shaped pot. This means that is tapered and smooth on the inside so its easy to remove. If it has a few kinks, use some sand paper to remove them.
I planned to place the second mould inside of the larger mould once the first mould has been filled by about 1/3.
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 the cement mix 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.
Step 3: Pouring the Concrete
Step three - Pouring the concrete
Place some of the concrete bit by bit until 1/4 of the mould is full. Tap gently just to release a few bubbles caught in the bottom. This also helps the concrete spread. Place more of the concrete mix into the mould until it is half full. Place the second mould inside and use coins or a mass to weigh the mould down. If there are still gaps, tap the mould on a desk. The concrete needs vibrating before setting as it ensures the mould if definitely covered.
Step 4: Finishing
Step four - Finishing
When the concrete has set, its time to take off the mould, begin by slowly rotating the smaller mould and try to remove the pot from the concrete. This may take some time but dont rush as this could damage the concrete. When the smaller mould is out, the concrete should just fall out of the other mould, if not, just cut the mould off.
Step 5: Finished!
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