How To Pour Molds
Concrete Mix: My favorite mix is one part portland, two parts sand and three parts pea sized gravel. You do not have to use gravel, however, it saves money and makes the statue a little more durable as well.
Note: using gravel in small statues is not recommended.
Acid Staining: Acid staining is a quick and easy way to add color to concrete statues. Let the statue cure for seven days and then wash it with soap and water. Once dry, set in a plastic pan so you can re-use the acid that runs off. Save the runoff in a separate container for later use.
Stain by putting your stain into a spray bottle. Spray your statue to coat, starting from the bottom and working your way to the top. It is handy to have a small paint brush to help with tight spots and runs. Let the piece dry for a few hours or a full day, then wash with a water and vinegar solution or just use soap and water. Let the piece dry and then seal it with a good quality concrete sealer. ALWAYS wear rubber gloves and safety glasses when using acid.
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