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Acid stain 2. Water 4. Mixing tray MATERIALS • ¾-inch melamine: One 4 × 12-inch piece (for the base) Two 4¾ × 4¾-inch pieces (for the short sides) Two 4¾ × 12¾-inch pieces (for the long sides) • 1¼- or 1½-inch screws • One piece of 3 × 3 × 3-inch polystyrene foam • Silicone caulk • Approximately ¼ of an 80-lb. bag of Quikrete 5000 Concrete Mix • Water • 2-inch length of ¼-inch rubber tubing • Plastic sheet 5. Quikrete 5000 Concrete Mix 6. Polystyrene foam • Rubber gloves TOOLS • Table saw or circular saw • Drill or screw gun and bit • 5-gallon mixing tray or bucket • Margin trowel • Reciprocating saw (without the blade), palm sander, or hammer (for vibrating the form) • Spray bottle • 80- to 120-grit sandpaper • Soft brush or sponge PROJECTS 8.
Reminiscent of limestone, the candleholder’s texture and timeworn character were created by coating the form with sawdust before casting the concrete. The finished piece measures 32 × 6¾ × 3 and fits eight small candles. To make the holes for the candles, we used round cardboard containers for knockouts (we found them at a local craft shop). If you opt to use a different type of knockout, be sure it can be easily removed after casting. EASY TABLETOP CANDLEHOLDER Some of the materials needed for this project.
Color from medium gray to black. To achieve medium gray, add a small amount of the pigment to the mixture to start. This will give you a gray that is slightly darker than unpigmented concrete. Pour the first ring (we poured the largest ring first, because we wanted it to be medium gray). Then add a little more pigment to the mixture to get a darker gray, but not black. Pour the second ring. And for the final ring, add enough STACKED RING PLANTER 51 Shaking the melamine to vibrate the forms. pigment to turn the mix a true black.
Color concrete garden projects : make your own planters, furniture, and fire pits using creative techniques and vibrant finishes by Nathan Smith, Michael Snyder, Charles Coleman