Newly cast stuff and building a vibration table

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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10 responses to “Newly cast stuff and building a vibration table”

  1. 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.

    • 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. 🙂

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

  2. 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!

    • 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.

  3. I love this! You have a great sense of humor. I have really enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your art and your life. I do appreciate your downloads. Thank you!

  4. I love your site!! Thank you for your freebies! What program do you use to make them, may I ask?

  5. Love the inspiration. Shame I can not post it on pinterest.I am sure there are loads of people who could be inspired x

  6. wow wow wow – what a brilliant idea with the glass globes. The concrete stones look absolutely amazing when done. You rock!

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