See the creative side of concrete while learning how and why this ancient building material has stood the test of time. Through easy hands-on projects we'll discover all kinds of ways to bring concrete into your home and introduce an industrial chic that goes with any style.
Using no special tools or equipment, you'll be able to learn the fundamentals of working with concrete to make smaller crafts using standard molds, molds with voids, and custom molds to make your next concrete creation.
There's more to concrete than you might think, so follow along and make something you'll be proud to show off at home!
Want to see a concrete project happen in real-time? Check out a full video of my webinar on creating Concrete Balloon Candle Holders, on the Instructables Facebook page, or sign up for one of our other upcoming free webinars here!
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Lesson 2: Mixing + Pouring Concrete
Achieving a perfect mix in concrete is what gives it proper strength and aesthetics. While it's not difficult to master, there's a few things you should know before attempting any projects.
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Lesson 3: Casting in Pre-made Molds
Get started with concrete by learning to work with pre-made molds. We'll hone the mixing and pouring skills, then make super cute Concrete Drawer Pulls.
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Lesson 4: Casting Molds With Voids
Taking concrete casting further this lesson introduces casting with voids, allowing you to make all kinds of creations. After learning how to make voids in castings we'll make a simple Concrete Boot Planter to demonstrate the concepts.
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Lesson 5: Concrete Finishing
There's a secret hiding underneath every concrete casting, beautiful aggregate. To make your concrete project really stand out this lesson covers how to expose the aggregate in your casting and give it a mirror finish.
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Lesson 6: Concrete Finishes
Cast concrete is fine on its own, but there's some finishes that can be applied afterwards to seal and protect the work. This lesson explores common finishes and declares a winner on what looks the best.
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Lesson 7: Troubleshooting
Thanks for taking Introduction to Concrete. See some suggestions to common casting problems and read about the next projects to attempt in concrete.
Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!