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We used a black oxide pigment, but we wanted the individual rings to range in Filling the forms with concrete. 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.
Fill the form to the top edge and smooth the concrete with a trowel. Making sure the numbers are completely surrounded. ) 4 COVER THE FORM loosely with plastic and let it sit overnight on a flat surface to cure. Smoothing out the back with a margin trowel. 58 PROJECTS 5 DEMOLD AND PROCESS. Remove the screws from the form and care- The melamine has been removed; the knockouts will be removed next. fully pull off the melamine. Because the number forms are made of cardboard the moisture in the concrete makes them very easy to remove—we just used our fingers.
After you’ve added the first bit of pigment to the mix, pour the mix into a form, trying to be as neat as possible. Repeat with the next two shades of color and forms. Vibrate the forms once they are filled by shaking the melamine gently. Vibrating the forms helps to level and consolidate the mix. Then, level the concrete with a trowel so that it is even Sand the rings lightly to remove any sharp edges. 52 PROJECTS with the top edges of the forms. A lovely finished ring. 4 COVER THE FORMS loosely with 5 DEMOLD AND PROCESS.
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