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Exploring the Stories, Methods, and Materials of Artisan Concrete

How to Choose a Concrete Casting Surface

How to Choose a Concrete Casting Surface Concrete does exactly what you ask it to. Problems with casting concrete do not arise from the concrete acting up. Problems arise when we don’t understand what we are asking for. With concrete, watch out what you ask for because you may just get it. You can cast concrete on [...]

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Building a Reusable Casting Deck

Building a Reusable Casting Deck Following years of going through absurd amounts of melamine in our shop, we decided we needed to switch to reusable casting decks. The limitations of the size and the durability of melamine, coupled with the cost of the material, meant that it no longer truly served the needs of our studio. [...]

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Craftsman Mix | The Ultimate Concrete Countertop Mix- Part 3

Craftsman Mix- Recipes The Craftsman Mix has all of the ingredients blended in that will stay constant regardless of the circumstances. All of the sands and aggregates, cement, pozzolans, curing polymers, and chemical admixtures necessary to create a durable mix are in the bag. What's not in the mix are the materials needed to custom build [...]

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Craftsman Mix | The Ultimate Concrete Countertop Mix- Part 4 FAQ

What about......Frequently Asked Questions About the Craftsman Mix What color is the Craftsman Mix? All of our mixes start out white. You can pigment it to any color you like. Any Color? Yes, ANY COLOR! How coverage per bag? 5 sq ft at 1" thick How much cement is in the bag? 20.5 lb cementitious How thin can I make it? By the [...]

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Craftsman Mix | The Ultimate Concrete Countertop Mix- Part 1

The History of Buddy's Mix As a young man, Buddy Rhodes was consumed by clay. It was all he could think about, night and day. More important than the material, Buddy was compelled by the creative process. Eventually that creative process pushed his desire beyond the capacity of the material he was creating with. His ideas [...]

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Craftsman Mix | The Ultimate Concrete Countertop Mix- Part 2

Craftsman Mix- Applications The consistency of the Craftsman Mix, and the possibilities that come from minor adjustments in the recipe, mean that this mix is incredibly versatile. The Pressed Finish The technique this material is most well known for is Buddy's signature Press Technique. This is achieved when the mix is mixed to a cookie dough, or clay [...]

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The Importance of Making | An Ode to my Grandfather

Why Making Things Matters As a child, I would travel to my grandparents house in South Georgia. The 2 hour trip seemed as though it lasted for days, in a blue Zephyr with the ceiling fabric falling down and no AC, 3 siblings bickering over who would get the last bit of whatever granola concoction our [...]

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Understanding AR Glass Fibers in Artisan Concrete

The majority of artisan concrete projects, including concrete countertops, architectural panels, concrete vanities, and concrete furniture pieces often achieve their primary reinforcement using fiber technology. Understanding which fibers are functional as primary reinforcement, and the reasoning behind which fiber to use in a given situation, is helpful in achieving a well reinforced object. Read more [...]

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Understanding PVA Fibers in Artisan Concrete

The majority of artisan concrete projects, including concrete countertops, architectural panels, concrete vanities, and concrete furniture pieces often achieve their primary reinforcement using fiber technology. Understanding which fibers are functional as primary reinforcement, and the reasoning behind which fiber to use in a given situation, is helpful in achieving a well reinforced object.Read more about [...]

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Arts for Life | Furniture that makes a difference

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life.” ~ Pablo PicassoToo Late!You missed out on the chance to be a part of the auction. See what you missed out on below.Want to get your hands dirty and make some concrete of your own? You can download our Catalog of Products and [...]

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