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.

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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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    5 Discussions


    14 days ago

    Although I have no desire to get a 3-D printer, still, I like to see how they work, what people do with them; and to follow the development of the 3-D printer concept in general. Very nice tutorial, you made it easy to understand....and of course, a Lovely pot.

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    Reply 13 days ago

    I was very much like you until weeks ago when I asked a friend to print parts for a ventilation system. Printing figurines or stuff like that was of no use for me, but when I discovered the possibility to do mechanical stuff, and molding like this instructable, I finally dove into the world of 3D printing... and I'm waiting for my first one :D


    Reply 13 days ago

    You certainly seem to have a talent for it. May you have endless Inspiration in your new focus.


    20 days ago

    Awesome design and casting tips! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Reply 19 days ago

    It is a pleasure to share with the community, thank you. I’m glad you liked it!