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45 Easy-to-Make Gifts and Accessories
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 moulds 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 jewellery, 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.
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Like me you probably associate concrete with the building industry and large scale, outdoor projects. But it can also be used for making many smaller items from planters to necklaces. Here's how...
I had no idea that concrete was "in" as a craft medium or that you could buy it in small quantities. I was also surprised to read that it wasn't difficult to mix in a bucket, was suitable for small indoor projects or had so many uses. It is even environmentally friendly being made of natural materials - what's not to love? You don't need many tools to get started, and as the introduction states you can do it with "no extensive craft skills or prior knowledge". After a short section explaining about mixing, safety and using molds the rest of the book is filled with forty-five projects. These vary greatly from the more obvious such as planters, house signs, doorstops and ornaments to the surprising which include jewelry, candlesticks, a soap dish, bowls, a wine cooler and cake stands. Each project shows a large photograph of the finished item in situ plus a list of what you need (in metric and imperial) and instructions. Some projects have an interim photograph showing a stage but mostly the instructions are in written format and fairly brief. This is not a problem as mixing, molding etc are surprisingly simple procedures so extensive expounding on steps is unnecessary. At the back are templates, some the right size but others need to be enlarged. This book was originally published in Germany a couple of years ago but a brief hunt on the internet showed that most of the items shown are available. It is fascinating to see how something as ordinary as concrete can be made into so many unexpected things that are attractive, modern and useful * myshelf.com *