If you are a keen crafter you might have already heard of Hester van Overbeek who is always coming up with fresh ideas how to make ones houses and outdoor spaces prettier and comfier. She shares them on her website and occasionally publishes brilliant books. Well, her latest interest is concrete. (Yes, I do mean that hard boring grey stuff that could be described as cold and industrial.)
Making Concrete Pots, Bowls and Platters is already the third Hester’s book. I was very fond of her Furniture Hacks (you can find its review here) and I must admit I’m already looking forward to trying out some of the suggested concrete casting and molding crafts.
As you might have already noticed I’ll have 35 stylish and simple projects to choose from. I think that’s plenty. I guess it will be hard to decide what to start with though – should I create something for my home or for the garden? I’d better show you what I liked the most first.
I fell in love with these concrete pots. I think they are mega cute.
And what do you think to this one? A bit of bronze paint and that mentioned industrial image evaporates!
Hester has used a variety of molds for the projects in this book. She has “built her own wooden ones, used her silicon baking pans, raided the recycling bin for juice cartons and yogurt pots, and even tried some free casting on sand”. Now that’s something I’ve never heard of before. Apparently all you need is a pile of sand and some metal wire that would strengthen your concrete shape. (There’s a step by step photo guide in the book.) Using your imagination you could create a myriad of wonderful things.
I like the fact that this book provides all the information you will need before you start playing with concrete – for eg. how to choose and mix concrete, what molds to use, how to create patterns, how to colour and seal your creations. It’s a real manual with many more details and tips that you’ll learn once you decide to take on a particular project.
Fancy having a go? I think you should. As Hester has pointed out “concrete will take any shape you pour it in and will even pick up all the texture inside your molds, so you can get very creative”.
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