Newly cast stuff and building a vibration table

August 14th, 2016 by

Flowers on bars

After a very rainy start of summer we had some good weeks in July. I have been busy working in the garden but I finally found some time to do some concreting. During spring I made some flowers and put them on iron bars. When casting, I used a large straw cut in shorter pieces and plugged in the end, to make the hole for the bar. The flowers where quite fun to paint. I have still a big bunch of roses to paint, maybe during winter I will find some time to do that. 🙂

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Vibration table

I have since long ago always wanted something that helps vibrating molds when casting. Last year I saw a very neat idea on you tube where they built a vibration table using a car tire and an electric motor. This I had to try! I already had an old motor and an old tire was easy to get. I screwed a plywood on top of the tire and then the motor underneath. On the motor shaft, I attached a small weight to get the vibrations. I had to adjust the weight on the shaft a couple of times to get it to vibrate as I wanted. It works like a treat. I just have to get it higher up because my back hurts when having it on the ground.

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Spray paint

Using spray paint is fun. I bought some bottles with metallic paint and thought I would try this on a cast rhubarb leaf. All of a sudden I had painted several leaves! They are so beautiful! I have to paint more…

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Glass globes becomes concrete balls

During winter and spring I have bought cheap old glass globes on flea markets. Whenever I find a cheap globe I will buy it. Also big glass vases and other glass items are useful if the shape is right. I fill them with concrete and after some days I put them in a bucket of water and crush the glass using a stone. Sometimes the glass will not come off directly, but if leaving it in water for a day will make it easier.

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Horror in the pond

Last fall my daughter’s boyfriend bought a mask for a masquerade. I quickly snatched the package that the mask came in, because I saw a potential mold for casting. It was a flimsy plastic package shaped as the mask. Now I finally got to use it. I used sand to support the mold. I also did cast a pair of hands using dishwashing gloves.

Now, visitors in my garden will get a small shock when they are looking down in the pond!

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  • maggie

    Dear Monica firstly thankyou for your downloads, you have such imagination i love the flowers and leaves infact so much of your creations, have never seen anything like it in the UK, do you sell your items they are fab.

    • Monicascreativeroom

      You are welcome! I’m glad you like the things I create. I make them just because I think it’s fun, not to earn money from them. I seldom sell anything but if someone comes by and want an item, I usually give them away for free or sell them cheap. 🙂

      • maggie hoskins

        I wish i was closer because you are so unique, i will enjoy watching your next project, thankyou again for the downloads

  • Gun Martinsson

    Hej Monica!
    Tack för dina fina filer, har bara laddat ner några boxar än så länge men det blir nog fler 😉
    Sen undrar jag vart du har köpt dina gjutformar till blommorna, dom var ju bara hur fina som helst!

    • Monicascreativeroom

      Kul att du gillar mina filer och även mina betongalster! 🙂 Många blomformar köper jag på eBay. Det är siliconformar som är lätta att gjuta i. Denna säljare har en hel massa fina formar som inte är alltför dyra:
      Sedan gör jag många formar själv genom att pensla latex på lämpliga objekt.