Concrete Creations: 45 Easy-to-Make Gifts and Accessories (Paperback)

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Concrete Creations: 45 Easy-to-Make Gifts and Accessories (Paperback)

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Over 45 elegant concrete designs for your beautiful, modern home with just a bag of ready-mixed concrete, water, and a few items you can find around the house.

Concrete is in.

And no wonder: it's inexpensive, durable, and makes unique, stunning pieces with which to decorate your home. With just a bag of ready-mixed concrete, water, and a few utensils and molds you can find around the house, you can create beautiful, minimalist items in no time at all; from clocks, vases, lampshades and bowls through to jewelry, wine coolers, and desk organisers.

Each project is equipped with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and tips, and all can be made with very little know-how-- making it a perfect craft for beginner concrete artisans, as well as the more experienced mason.

A perfect mix of power, presence and practicality, bring concrete into your home today and discover a new-found love for this often overlooked but remarkable building material.
Marion Dawidowski is a veteran author of over 80 craft titles from sewing through interiors design and Christmas decorations and now the trending concrete art. Marion is married, with two sons and a dog. She lives in Brockhagen near Bielefeld, Germany.

Ingrid Moras is a multi-disciplined author of titles including silk and fabric painting: paper, wood, wire and mosaic work; jewelry making and--creating designs with the on trend concrete. Ingrid is married with two daughters. She finds relaxation and inspiration in her garden, and enjoys hiking in her homeland, the Allgäu, in southern Germany.
Product Details ISBN: 9781782215851
ISBN-10: 1782215859
Publisher: Search Press
Publication Date: February 13th, 2018
Pages: 128
Language: English
Booklist 2018
Concrete, once reserved for purely utilitarian purposes, has gained popularity as a design element for home and garden. Since the materials are readily available in most areas, and the required skills can be learned without formal training, concrete has also become a popular medium for DIY projects. Those included here start small, with candle holders, and gradually move up in both size and detail. The largest are still relatively small—table-top vases and bowls—though the concepts could easily be translated to larger applications. Most of the work required for these projects is in the preparation of the mold, which here can take the form of plastic storage tubs, discarded bottles and other household recyclables, and modeling foam, as well as store-bought molds made of silicone and other materials. Many of those that use modeling foam are designed to work with one of the templates on the last half-dozen pages of the book. While a few projects use pigment or glaze, most show off the concrete’s natural finish. — Anne Heidemann

Library Journal 2018
Concrete brings to mind construction, not decoration, but Dawidowski, author of a number of craft books, and crafter Moras, delve into this different medium with projects for vases, containers, ornaments, and more. After an introduction to concrete and safety considerations, projects are grouped by purpose or style in rather inconsistent fashion. They include a list of materials and step-by-step instructions with a picture of the process. Templates are included. Unfortunately, some of these projects are a mixed bag—some rough, some unique. Alternative works include Camilla Arvidsson and Malin Nilsson's Concrete Garden Projects and Hester van Overbeek's Making Concrete Pots, Bowls, and Platters. VERDICT An optional title for those interested in concrete crafts.