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Using Brass and Glass to Create Concrete Poetry

Brass wave feature.As concretists, each of us defines ourselves as “one who practices concrete poetry.” As we craft this material, we are crafting a poem. At the most basic level, that poem can be a haiku — deceptively simple.

The Playful Vibe of Crafted Tide Concrete Pool Stones

Concrete tide pool stonesDecorative concrete wizard Tom Ralston is a familiar name to Concrete Decor readers for his elaborate, multifaceted homes and backyards. But there’s another side to Ralston’s work: the wildly creative stuff that’s almost pure fun.

Colors Come in Warm and Cool Hues

Black is not just black. When used full strength, it's a warm black. When diluted, it becomes a cooler brown. Think about that for a second.Talking to a client about color choices can be difficult. Many times, clients say they want brown, which is about the vaguest statement a client can make. In the last article, we focused on asking if they wanted it to be light or dark. This time we want to know if they want a warm or a cool brown. Warm and cool attributes are very much like lights and darks.

Creating Color Designs with FloorMaps' Stencils

A stencil in the shape of puzzle pieces was applied to this concrete floor and takes on a 3-D look.Complex and intricate designs can be applied to concrete surfaces very accurately using adhesive-backed vinyl stencils. They offer control, precision and, if needed, repeatability. Stenciling is a very old technique from the world of paint, but as it evolves in the concrete world, it’s becoming very modern.

Indoor Waterfalls Add Unique Look to Any Space

Putting the finishing touches on this outdoor concrete waterfall.Weeping walls are a water feature in which the water trickles down the side of a wall, a piece of glass or a similar surface. They can be built inside or outside, but they are becoming more popular in residential homes.

Brightly Colored Concrete Sculptures a First for Fabricator

Concrete sculpture by Rob Lan“Three Concrete Sculptures,” recently on exhibit in Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery’s courtyard in Los Angeles, marked fabricator Rob Lan’s maiden voyage into decorative concrete.

How To Determine The Layout For An Individual Tile Pattern

drawing a basic design in a large roomI feel the industry has created a very busy design world. Many times I think people do too much design and they need to simplify things. Many interior designers want simple stain-and-seal floors because they want to focus on the furniture, lights and wall decor.

Cemrock: Globetrotting Decorative Concrete Powerhouse

When Olson bought Cemrock, it was pulling in about $1.2 million a year doing exclusively zoo and aquarium habitats, which served as a great foundation to build from.You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

Concrete and Glass Mosaic Map of Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Placing of glass pieces into concrete to create mapIn 2005, Mesolini Glass Studio was commissioned by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island to create a concrete-and-glass mosaic map of the island to be placed at the new Rotary Gateway Park.

African Cemetery Memorial Looks to Decorative Concrete to Honor Burial Site

Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.

Restoration of a Piece of Magician History

When Steve Moore, a retired escape artist and Harry Houdini historian, went looking for someone to help restore a damaged bust from Houdini's grave, Bart Sacco's was the first name to come up. Sacco, owner of Concrete Texturing Tool and Supply Inc., Kingdom Products and The Concrete Kingdom Decorative Training Center, in Throop, Pa., used his expertise in casting high-detail concrete pieces to help Moore create an identical replica of the 1914 marble sculpture.When Steve Moore, a retired escape artist and Harry Houdini historian, went looking for someone to help restore a damaged bust from Houdini’s grave, Bart Sacco’s was the first name to come up.

Concrete That Slithers

Concrete snake as a walkway to keep the weeds down.This striking concrete garden path was inspired by the Brazilian jungles — the habitat of the world’s largest snake, as well as a place where concrete is the only hope of keeping weeds at bay.

Designing Scrolling Art for a Sprawling Concrete Patio

Scrolling Through a PatioFor the first time in this series, I’m basing my article on a current job I just finished. In the last one, I introduced scrollwork as a design element. I was still focused on symmetry and using scrollwork as a larger medallion in a room.

The Elements of Design: The Vitality of Line

Concrete in Louisianna State Museum - Concrete Decor MagazineThere is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Arizona-based Artist Offers Colorful Concrete Clocks

Concrete clocks that have decorative elements included.If you’re looking to outfit your house from top to bottom in concrete — floors, walls, kitchen and/or furniture — what better way to top it off than with a concrete clock?

Reactive Stain Effects on Concrete Using Household Items

Ironite is a brand of fertilizer that is composed of primarily iron sulfate in a clay granule.In fact, it was recommended that we avoid promoting this product and, if we had to sell it, that the variegated results should be disguised by buffing with a colored wax.

A New Endeavor - Caribou Art

Exterior wall with Caribou Art placed on it by Tamryn DoolanTamryn Doolan, owner of Surface Gel Tek, has long been in the business of turning simple concrete surfaces into striking works of art. Continuing in that tradition, Doolan’s new endeavor, Caribou Art Studios, brings her talents to a whole new venue — exterior walls.

Concrete Project Puts Columbus on the Map in Memphis

Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue under the flag of Spain, a country ruled in the 15th century by the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella.Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue under the flag of Spain, a country ruled in the 15th century by the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. But do you know what nation Columbus called home?

Not that tough on the scale of trivia challenges, right? Columbus hailed from Genoa, now part of Italy.

Art Project is Concrete Symbol of New Beginnings

bas-relief mermaidEllie Ellis of Elite Artistry LLC in Happy Valley, Oregon, and Eva Gallant of Y-Knot Creations LLC in Hurst, Texas, share a bond stronger than the one-ton concrete art piece they produced together in Indianapolis at the Concrete Decor Show.

Decorative Concrete Tip: Make Your Concrete Work Stand Out

Concrete design with a one-of-a-kind look makes your work stand out.To make your concrete more distinctive, learn to think out of the box. The trick is to make your work unique and true to you. Put a signature on it.

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