We are the makers of concrete molds,using several different materials, ABS , Latex ,Fiberglass,Urethane and Silicone , just to name a few. We started with a simple goal of just making a good concrete mold that's easy to use ,our goal every day through research and design is to improve and expand our products.We also provide 3D scanning CNC trimming of molds and models and can provide Digital art and restoration of old wood or masonry designs.
We take pride in the products we make , by using the best materials and taking no short cuts along the way even our ABS molds are neatly trimmed not because it makes them pour any better , but because it is the right thing to do as any job worth doing it's worth doing it right, we make our ABS molds in a wide range from 1/16" up to 1/4" which is the thickest material used by anyone, though we find that 3/16" thick is the best bang for your money and that's what it's all about in the end. A fair price and an a good product that you can make money with, but selling is like anything else you have to work for it.
We also provide up to date designs for our benches and bench leg molds and are designing new ones everyday. Our latex molds have seam locks and all come with legs ,we use the larger 5/16" bolts with our molds and wing nuts for a little more comfort and ease of use, our legs are screwed on and then we add fiberglass on top of that for double the strength we also sand down the outsides of our molds to make handling them easier on your hands.
How to use ABS molds.
Concrete Mix: One part Portland cement Two parts sharp sand Up to 3 parts small gravel or pea gravel - less for smaller items add water - amount will vary depending on your sand and your mix. Mixing your sand with the water first will get a lot of the air out. You want your mix to flow but not be soupy. You can use premixed concrete though your results will not be as good as making your own but you can still follow these guidelines. To prepare a ABS mold Your mold needs to be clean and dry, using cooking oil and a brush or rag. Apply a thin coat to the mold. If it runs when you tilt the mold, you have used too much. Wipe it down again - cooking oil works great and is very cheap. I like to slurry my molds before I fill them. It will save you some time tapping and shaking the mold and will remove most of the air holes. I mix up a slurry using only cement and sand and make it about like motor oil, I pour this mixture into the mold and move it around to coat the entire surface of the mold. This is where most air holes come from - the surface, not the mix. This is not something I have made up - pottery makers have been doing it for thousands of years , though most people just don't know about it and would rather hit their molds with a stick. All of my statues shown have been poured this way; I did not vibrate or hit them with a stick, though sometimes I will shake them if the mix is a little thick. If possible try to pour from one spot. Longer bench molds may require you to use two locations. This will also help to improve your pour.Large items need wire or rebar for safety. This wire or rebar should be coated or painted. Demolding and clean up After 24 hours you can demold, but you still need to be careful as you can break or chip it. Gently turn the mold over being careful not to let the casted part fall out. Once it is out, it is the best time to clean it up. Take a 20-grit rub brick or an old broken piece of concrete and rub all of the edges smooth so it will not scratch anyone. There are many other things to learn and there are many other ways to do it, if you need more help drop me and email and I will do my best to help out and answer any questions you may have.
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 or you can use a brush. Spray your statue 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 and always follow the manufactures instructions for use and safety.