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Comment by MIchael Lambing on November 8, 2012 at 7:10am

Hi Nelson...what is your method for getting this look?  I am bidding on doing some panels in elevators at a beach front hotel..and this would be a great look!


Comment by David Driggs on November 8, 2012 at 9:23am

Michael, not to butt in on Nelson's technique (this is cool), but I was thinking you can take this and consider adding coquina shell like CaribSea aquarium mix from the pet store and apply it with Nathan's Whipping technique on the training site. That might add well to the beach ambiance at the hotel.

Nice work here Nelson, but zoom out on the next shot so we can take it all in!

Comment by Nelson Lasaosa on November 8, 2012 at 11:57am

Ok here we go, I think we can get some whipping plus thing and add shells and stuff... oh, it sounds like a good desert recipe, lol.  Michael, you`ve probably heard about using rock salt to add texture,then wash it off once the cement is hard. Such method is used to achieve a travertine marble look, that simple. In my case, likewise make the mold and before pouring cement in,  just arrange hard broken lumps and crumbs of clay, pour your regular cement mix, being carefull to push and stuff gently over and around your texture material. Don`t mix the cement to runny... it`s simple, after it dries poke and hoze the clay leaving all those natural looking depressions and cravices. Down here we have that reddich to yellowish clay, rich in Fe and Al silicates which give those formations the typical color. Some clay will remain glued to cement, so if you like the look, remove as much as you will to get the sort of  "cake" you want. Enjoy it now ! lol Yes, the shells would five it a more realistic CORAL REEF STONE look. Got to find out now about Nathan`s whipping technique , would you mind sharing too? I have NO way to take any workshop due to distance. 

Comment by Jose Luis Castro on November 8, 2012 at 12:45pm

Colngratulations Nelson! a good detail....and is a very nice vertical artisans work!


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