There’s always that moment when you see something on Facebook or Pinterest that you think – I could do that. This project was one of those – a link to a YouTube video that popped up on my timeline (sorry – haven’t found it since). It was in German, and seemed to be 20 minutes of the two presenters describing – but not actually doing – the process to make these cast concrete votives.
I found out why. There is a very delicate balance between crumbling and creeping with a concrete mix – too little water and it doesn’t hold together, too much and it slumps and slips. My first attempt was a great success, three perfect casts – more by luck than judgement, it transpires… Could I repeat the feat the following day? Not nearly as easily! I eventually used vibration to help liquify the concrete mix, begging it each time to stay put after I had stopped jiggling it. I learnt quite quickly to let the casts set on a different table to the one I was using to form the next cast… Time will tell if I have mastered the art, as I plan to make several more to sell at the church Christmas Fayre at the end of November.
I had a little play with the lighting and tweaking with filters in Photoshop too: