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Tutorial ~ How To Make a Hollow Concrete Sphere

By rcn48
May 3, 2012

Concrete statuary in some of the gardens I've visited has always captivated me. Unfortunately most statuary I've priced is quite expensive and with my tight budget the chances were slim that any of these creations would ever find themselves in my gardens. However, several years ago I was intrigued when I stumbled upon instructions for making "hollow concrete spheres". I was pleased to learn the cost of materials is fairly inexpensive and last year successfully completed my first sphere. I'd like to show you how easy it is and hopefully inspire you to create your own hollow concrete sphere!

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Aug 16, 2011 6:39 PM CST
I don't have time to read all of the instruction at this time but this looks like a wonderful project I'm going to try. I LOVE working with concrete! Thanks, Debra!
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Name: Debbie
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rcn48
Aug 17, 2011 1:29 AM CST
Thanks Susie! Lovey dubby I'll be anxious to see what you come up with. I've tagged several photos of your mirrors from old DG threads and want to try one sometime. Thumbs up
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Boopaints
Aug 17, 2011 2:08 AM CST
Debbie, This is a great article and your instructions are so clear!
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Name: Debbie
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rcn48
Aug 17, 2011 2:57 AM CST
Thank you Becky. Lovey dubby My goal was to show everyone how easy it is! Big Grin
Name: Susie
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Aguane
Aug 17, 2011 2:28 PM CST
Thanks Debbie.
I told Becky I'd write up the instructions for the mirrors. She needs to help me take pics while I work through the stages of the creation. Too hot here in Phoenix to be working in the garage so it's going to wait until about Oct or so.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Aug 18, 2011 12:18 AM CST
Susie, as soon as the temps drop under 100! Big Grin

Debbie, I was going to print your article out so I could "save" it for a sometime project... (hitting self in head)....forgetting it will remain here forever. Big Grin

It is a very classy looking article and you did a great job putting it together!
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Name: Debbie
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rcn48
Aug 19, 2011 4:21 AM CST
Aguane said:Thanks Debbie.
I told Becky I'd write up the instructions for the mirrors. She needs to help me take pics while I work through the stages of the creation. Too hot here in Phoenix to be working in the garage so it's going to wait until about Oct or so.


I've had your mirrors on the brain for some time now. I think the old DG thread was from 2008? If I've waited all this time to try it, I can wait a little longer to find out how to do it "right"! Big Grin
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Aguane
Aug 19, 2011 1:11 PM CST
Oh gee... 2008? Amazing how time passes. I've been making leaves here and there as weather and time permits. You will need a stash of different sizes to make your first mirror. I use several earth colored/natural colored dyes in the concrete and make my leaves from hibiscus leaves, for the most part. They have strong veining on the backside that leaves a nice impression on the casting. Leaves shouldn't be much bigger than 3 inches long in general. That way you'll have room in the 11 x 21-ish frame to place a couple of groupings of leaves and other nature plant material.
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