Ironically enough, cement contains chemical compounds (dust) that you do not want to inhale. I do my cement projects outdoors or in an opened- door garage. I wear a high quality mask, safety goggles, and gloves. You do not want a glob of cement in your eye, and yes, this did happen to me. So, please heed caution and read the label on the bag.
I do have a full time job and I considered this an ‘off week for blogging’ to focus on some other things (socializing mainly- two concerts this week- one with a great friend and one with the hubs- Lord Huron and Alt-J respectively). I decided a quick tutorial on an easy cement craft would have to suffice.
This is a several day project. You only need about 5 minutes per day, but in order to reuse the glass dish you can only make one heart per day.
You will need:
- Glass heart shaped ‘dish’ I purchased this one at a ‘dollar store.’ You only need 1 because you reuse it. You won’t want to ever use it a gain for food (toxins). I suppose you could buy several but to me that’s wasteful of your dollars and the dishes!
- Liquid Cement color It’s $10 but you only use a little, so the bottle will last you for any other future projects.
- Quikrete Cement/Concrete Mix (Mortar mix for this project- it is smoother). You can get a 10 lb. bag for about $4. It should be enough to make 4-6 hearts.
- Nonstick cooking spray
Step 1: Coat dish well with cooking spray. This is going to help it pop out of the mold easier.
Step 2: Mix mortar mix with water. Start with 2-3 cups of dry mix. Add water sparingly, stir constantly until the consistency of peanut butter.
Step 3: Add the dye a 1/2 tsp at a time until you reach a desired color. Mix well. I made two plain cement color (no dye) and two different shades of red. Play around this is the fun part. Pour into dish immediately.
Step 4: Tap dish lightly a few times to get air bubbles out. Wrap in a plastic bag to keep moisture in (concrete cures stronger if it doesn’t dry out too quickly). You can spray with water once it starts setting up to keep it moist if desired.
Let ‘cure’ overnight. At least 24-48 hours.
Step 5: Gently tap out of the mold. Wrap in plastic bag for a few more days until fully cured. Reuse dish, mix up some more concrete and start again.
These would make very charming paver stones or accent stones in any garden or landscaping.