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- The material for the Christmas decoration of concrete
- And so you do the concrete speculum
Some time ago, a concrete hype broke out in our editorial office: everyone tries on unusual decoration ideas for the garden or for the room. It is tried so much and misappropriated. This started with poured rubber gloves and went on with small concrete ring balls as a fancy bed limit. Our latest project: Cookies and speculoos as durable Christmas decorations made of concrete. The new generation of baking molds made of silicone is ideal for casting, as the extraction of the finished concrete objects and cleaning are very easy.
Not much is needed for the small concrete houses: a suitable silicone mold, some oil, decorative concrete and water
The material for the Christmas decoration of concrete
Of course, the first thing you need is a suitable shape. Particularly suitable for casting concrete are flexible shapes from which the finished concrete piece can be easily removed without breaking. Do not be afraid to use forms with filigree structures, because with fine-grained decorative concrete, almost anything can be realized. The molds we use will be available from Tchibo on the 8th of November.
The second important component is the right concrete. Anyone who has already dealt with the subject of concrete casting, knows that there are infinitely many different ready mixes that need only be mixed with water. Important for these filigree castings is a very fine-grained concrete. In such cases we use a fast-setting decorative concrete with a grain size of less than 1.2 millimeters. Highly recommended is the ready mix "Vito" from moertelshop.de.
You will also need:
- cooking oil
- old toothbrush
- Acrylic all-colors (for example from Rayher)
- Brush: a detail or round brush (2 pieces) and two different bristle brushes (4 and 8 pieces)
- clear curing assembly adhesive
And so you do the concrete speculum
- Finely oil the silicone mold with the cooking oil and the toothbrush. Make sure that the filigree patterns do not accumulate too much oil to avoid small casting errors. Excess oil can simply be absorbed with a cotton swab or a sharpened paper tissue
- Mix the concrete. Since we use fast setting concrete, you have to work quickly here. Compared to classic concrete, the consistency may also be much more fluid. This has the advantage that the concrete flows well into the mold. On the other hand, you have a little more time for processing and when hardening, the casting becomes slightly thinner
- Now pour the liquid concrete into the molds with a tablespoon and distribute it so that it fills all cavities
- Now it's time to wait: The concrete used by us is cured after only a few hours, but we still give it a day
- Now the concrete pieces are carefully removed from the mold and, if necessary, freed from protruding burrs
Make sure that the concrete flows into all the gaps. Here must not be too much oil in the filigree moldings
- Now your creativity is in demand: Think about how you want to beautify your specula cottages with color. We work here with great attention to detail with brushes and acrylics. Of course, there are no limits - color sprays such as silver or gold lacquer are a time-saving alternative and also deliver beautiful results
- In the first step we paint the sublime spots with the colors that we have chosen for them. For the roofs and other large areas, a fine bristle brush (strength 4) is particularly well suited. For smaller and filigree areas you better access a detail brush (thickness 2)
- Once you have worked out the details, you can still give it a snowy shabby look. To do this, take the 8-point bristle brush to hand, wet the bristle tips with white paint and brush something over a handkerchief or kitchen roll. Then drive quickly over the concrete surface. The so-called dry brushing so some paint particles stuck to the edges of the surveys and give in this case, as if a fine layer of snow would be on the cottage
When painting your creativity is in demand. We use acrylic all-color for this
- Everything is painted, it gets tricky again. Take two identical little houses and a piece of Dekoband at hand. Now put some assembly adhesive on the back of a little house and put the Dekoband into a loop shaped with the ends on the glue. Then brush the deco tape again with a little glue and put the second house on carefully. Now comes the - in the truest sense of the word - "sticking point": Press the top house very carefully.Too much pressure can easily lead to a break in the filigree concrete slab - so be careful!
- Finally, you can fill any gaps that have formed during assembly with assembly adhesive. Now let it dry a bit and finished is a great homemade Christmas gift or your own custom home decoration!
We wish you lots of fun and success in the aftermarket!