Monday, June 25, 2007

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Cement & Concrete as a Craft Medium

If you've been looking for a really versatile, really inexpensive medium to create a wide range of art & craft products...its all around you. Cement is the single most common building material on Earth. It is everywhere. And, as an art & craft is nothing short of amazing.
Cement-based mixtures can be used in the following ways:

  • To Cast or Mold Just about Anything
  • Shaped by Hand
  • Sculpted On a Framework or "Armature"
  • Can Be Worked in Any of Four Distinct Physical "States":
    • Fluid
    • Soft Plastic
    • Semi-Rigid Plastic
    • As a Solid
  • To Create Anything From Wearable Jewelry to Architectural Structures
The range of possibilities are virtually limitless. Take a look at the examples above. They include from top-to-bottom, left-to-right...

1. A small concrete and gold brooch
2. An original, hand sculpted garden sprite
3. A Sand-Cast wall hanging
4. A one-of-a-kind piece of art furniture
5. A Sculpted Faux Bois garden table
6. A 9 1/2 foot sculpted Faux Bois bench
7. A molded and cast reproduction of a 200 year-old Indonesian mask
8. A Celtic inspired stepping stone

You can make any of these and more

And these few items don't even begin to scratch the surface of what you can accomplish using these remarkable art mediums. Why spend a fortune at the art or hobby store buying pre-packaged imitations of a genuinely useful medium, when with just a little education, you can enjoy the benefits of a material that has proven itself to be both versatile and enduring. How enduring? Experts today estimate the functional lifespan of properly formulated and placed concrete at fifty-
thousand years. Now that's "Heirloom" quality. Not bad for one of the cheapest art mediums on the planet.

Learn For Free

To learn more about working with this humble art medium, visit any (or all) of the links at the top of the page. They represent a group of artisans and craftspeople who are not only expert in its use, but who freely share their knowledge and experience. Take a look. Give it a try. You just might amaze yourself at how creative you can be when the limitations of an "instruction sheet" are removed. Enjoy!