David, the sphynx was made with gray cement, white sand, and liquid black colorant that I stirred in at the end of mixing so that it had some striations. Poured into a cylinder mold made from metal flashing. I had studied pics off the net of other sphynxes. And drew mine to fit the mold. It was a long complicated carve. Took about 6 - 8 hours, if I remember correctly.
About a year ago I found a picture of a door, and since I'm a faux finisher, I decided to go for it.
So, I had in front of me six panel metal exterior door, that I supposed to "create" an antique wood door with old hinges
Hardware was very hard to find........so why not to try with concrete... crazy, uh?...Well...check the pictures...
Thank you David. We have been working on this process for the better part of seven years. The mix is 1 1/2" thick on the countertops. We have finally gotten our limestone mix in bags to resell. I have looked at your photos and saw that you are a Shirestone man. They contacted us about four years ago about training. I told them at that time we already had a mix and a method we like. Of course our countertops are quite a bit heaver but we sure love the system we have created. By the way your craftmanship is very good. I was very impressed with your shower as well. Keep in touch. If you would like to talk further please call me or email me for any info you might want or need.
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I have always used my own color system. I did use some acid stain (Brickform Turquoise) this time just to get the depth of color. I haven't come up with a green similar to the acid color yet. I was going to market my colrs but when the economy went south I put it on hold. Maybe when things pick up again.
Hey David, have you checked out our network. Concrete Artists Network.com? We are the originator of this style of forum for our industry. We have a lot of other artists and photos you may be interested in. Alot of the same people here are there and then some and we all just kind of shuffle between the two. Thought I'd let you know.
Thanks again for the thoughts on my work. I'll let you know about any product releases I will have in the future.
Thanks for your comment David.This was a project I did during a class
at DCI. This was engraved and stained over a micro topping.The micro
topping was Sgraffino by Color Maker and the stains were DCI solvent
based dyes.Many thanks to Bob Harris for his guidance and input on this project.I will be posting more photos of this and other projects soon.
I forgot to ask. What is the "wax dog" ? Is it the plaster wax technique used in venetian plaster? I really like it. Do you do your own stencils? Or is this drawn on? I do lots of skimcoats from a mix we have designed over the past four years. We do lots of art work on the floors. I tried to look at your website, is it working?
One other thing I really like your taste in music. I have lots of blues and the collection is growing. I know its corny but I even have the Black Snake Moan sound track. Good music is good no matter what time or place it comes from.
David thanks for your kind words on my work. I got a lot of information about the model design concept from Nathan Giffin & Richard Winget. Richard has a great write up on the model process on the subscription side of Vertical Artisans. I don't know if you are a subscriber or not but the information there is phenomenal and endless it seems. I will post some of my overlay photos so that you can check them out. I have already made the 3D model concept something that I will do on all of my future projects. It made the whole process fun and I even gathered other ideas as I carved out the model. I used a oven bake clay from my local art store for the water feature and casting plaster for the simulated flagstone overlay and then painted them with watered down acrylics and sealed it with a simple water based sealer to lock in the colors. The casting plasterer carved up nice and I just used a sponge brush to tap on the colors without coloring the carved lines that replicate the grout lines. Use clay tools for the carving for everything its fun and it really puts your head in the project way before you even order the products.
Thanks for your comment and add me in your friends list, I prefer cedar for small carving like this, and majogany for big things , the pieces from the door I made by hand in the place.I did with a piece of metal with the shape moving many times.Sorry for my english.
I just might take you up on that. I have an Idea of what we will create. This being the first show I'm going to keep it simple and focus on the product and the possibilities of what can be done. I'm going to try and have everything displayed made from concrete or overlayed with concrete. Probably a fireplace as a center piece, some vertical samples and floor overlays, maybe an artificial rock with house number that can be raffled off for a front yard. I plan on starting the display next month. It all has to fit in a 10x20 area and I imagine it will fill up fast.
hi David is a big coincidence the chair that you show me in the first picture is de same that my costumer got in his home.if you check my video(the medieval room) after the secret door open you can see de chair.thanks.My regards victor