I am a reasonably intelligent woman, but for some reason that intelligence doesn’t ‘activate’ until a day after the fact.
I have to share my concrete projects with you….
I found this pin on Pinterest and decided “looks easy enough”.
I got out my rubber gloves, my Quickcrete concrete mix and got to work.
I stuffed them and shaped them and set them out to dry.
Looks like it’s got potential right?
Except I forgot to agitate the concrete to get the air bubbles out.
Oh, and I forgot that once the fingers are cemented together, it might not be super-easy to remove the gloves.
As it turns out, if you leave a lot of air bubbles in your concrete it isn’t as hard as if you had removed them. Then, when you attempt to rip the gloves off of the hands – the fingers might fall off:
Not quite as attractive as the inspiration photo is it?
Lost a pinky and two thumbs before I quit trying to cut the gloves off.
At this point I’m tempted to break off all the fingers except the middle one – just to make a statement about how I feel about this project.
Okay, let’s not be a Debbie-Downer here – I still had concrete left and another inspiration photo to work with:
It’s a coaster.
How hard can a coaster be?
I didn’t have the crushed glass, but I did have marbles so off I went.
Pour the concrete over top and AGITATE WELL.
Do you see my flaw already?
First off, that tuna can is almost 2″ (5cm) tall…. and yup, I filled it almost to the top.
Secondly, what might happen if you agitate the liquid concrete around the marbles?
I’ll show you:
The marbles become engulfed in the concrete and you can’t see them at all.
Had I thought this out, for even the briefest second, I might not have filled the tuna can – so that the tops of the marbles would still be above the concrete line. Yup, that’s what an intelligent person would have done.
Not me, I decided I needed a 1.5″ coaster to put my drink on.
No many people can claim to have to reach UP to put their glass on a coaster.
And I can say that there are beautiful marbles inside it – that you can’t see – but the happiness comes from knowing they are there…
I have a couple of unattractive paperweights if anyone wants them?
These “Nailed it” type projects happen far more than I let on on the blog.
Have a great one!