concrete crafts

Concrete Crafts 

by Sania Hedengren & Susanna Zacke

Simple Projects From Jewelry To Place Settings, Birdbaths to Umbrella Stands

Concrete Crafts! Who would’ve known! It’s really easier than you think.

As an artist I have been looking into working with concrete and incorporating it into my jewelry designs. I have also been interested in working with it around my home and yard. When I was approached for a review of this title, I was quite excited and looking forward to learning more about this medium. Before I came across other jewelry artists using concrete in their designs, I would had never used the word concrete and jewelry making in the same sentence. To me concrete consisted of a medium used for outside construction, for buildings and patios. It turns out I was partially correct, since all the mixing should be done outdoors. Otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised by how versatile and easy to use concrete is. I was totally surprised by the techniques used in this book.

I like this book for its simplicity and easy to read style. I feel Concrete Crafts Simple is just as the title describes it. It gives you some great starter projects that gives any novice confidence in working with concrete. This book also includes some more advanced projects which include Casting Concrete Steps and even a Barbecue Station.

At the start you are taught the basics, like mixing, reinforcing, molding, decorating and treating the concrete. Once you learn the basics, you can hop through the book and apply those instructions to any project in the book. Each project is laid out in an easy to read style, with simple instructions that anyone can follow. At the end of the book, you learn about textures and appearances with various techniques, some of which include. varnish, soap, wax and paint. I recommend this simple easy to read book to anyone interested in wanting to learn and apply this craft.

I gave this book a 5***** Star Review.

Excerpt: 

Pouring concrete doesn’t have to be left to the professionals—decorate your home with concrete poured, mixed, and molded by your own two hands! Versatile, inexpensive, and easily casted, concrete is the perfect medium for crafters, tinkerers, and home improvers. Now, lifelong crafters and interior designers Susanna Zacke and Sania Hedengren reveal more than thirty of their favorite, no-fuss casting projects.

Decorate your kitchen table or outdoor patio with:
� Rhubarb leaf fruit bowls
� Clustered candleholders
� Birdbaths
� Patterned pots
� Flower vases
� Angel figurines
� And much more!

Once you get started, you won’t want to stop making trinkets and ornate arrangements for friends, family, and each room in your house. Plus, crafting with concrete is a great way to get outside and enjoy a beautiful, sunny day.

Featuring step-by-step photos, easy-to-follow directions, and Susanna and Sania’s expert tips, Concrete, the Perfect Hobby is the ultimate new guide to outdoor crafting. Pour out your creativity and discover the beautiful, practical items you can cast!

Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 4, 2014
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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About the Author:
susanna zacke

Susanna Zacke is a stylist and journalist specializing in handicraft and interior decoration. She is the co-author of ten books on interior decoration, all of which aim to stimulate the decorators imagination. Her books have been translated into seven languages worldwide.Sania Hedengren is a stylist and journalist specializing in handicraft and interior decoration. She is the co-author of ten books on interior decoration, all of which aim to stimulate the decorators imagination. Her books have been translated into seven languages worldwide.

I was provided with a copy of this title. All opinions expressed above are my own. A thank you goes out to Skyhorse Publishing.

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I am a blogger and handmade jewelry artist. When not blogging or designing jewelry I spend my time at home with my family which includes two rescue dogs.