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Cement Birdhouse Project Guide

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Concrete birdhouses attract chickadees and other cavity nesting birds

Learn unusual moldmaking techniques while you make a profitable set of molds

The Project Guide shows how to make a mold for making permanent cement birdhouses. It includes step by step instructions, illustrations of every step, and full size templates to make the patterns you need.

By completing the project or just reading the Project Guide, you will learn useful moldmaking techniques such as how to make a mold for a hollow product, how to make patterns and forms from foam board, how to put decorative textures into your patterns, and how to make a lighter weight concrete that does not use any sand or gravel.

Sell birdhouses for profit

Birdhouses are one of the most popular sellers at craft shows and fairs, nursery and garden centers, and flea markets.

Materials for making a set of birdhouse molds will cost about $120. This project is intended for those who wish to sell for profit. A set of birdhouse molds will enable you to cast one birdhouse a day, and you should be able to sell the birdhouses for $20 - $25 each. The molds will last for years. Cement and other materials to make the actual birdhouse casting should cost less than $1.

Learn how to make long lasting concrete products

The author made his first birdhouse using these techniques over 20 years ago. The birdhouse is still in use and has been attracting chickadees and titmice every year since.

The same sorts of techniques can be applied to your own ideas for anything you want to cast in a permanent, weatherproof material such as lightweight concrete.

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Guide shows how to make molds for "log" or "acorn" style cement birdhouses

By Roger Beebe. 18 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.

Cement Birdhouse Project Guide $10.00 +S&H

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Moldless Concrete Pottery Forming

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How to make concrete pots, cement pottery, and bonsai pots

See how to make concrete pots WITHOUT expensive molds

Vida Cairns recently retired as the owner of a bonsai nursery in Washington state called "Miniature Gardens". In this video she demonstrates how she made the pottery she sold with her bonsai.

The technique involves shaping the special concrete mix over readily-available forms to get the pot shape, instead of pouring concrete into a mold.

She also demonstrates how to put unusual colors and designs into your pottery while you form the concrete.

The DVD comes with a printed manual that gives in-depth explanations of the techniques demonstrated in the video.

Sell your hand-made pots, use them in your own garden, or give them as unusual gifts

Small decorative pottery for bonsai and houseplants is very popular, and could be sold at nursery centers, garden stores, craft shows, and flea markets.

If your hobby is gardening, now you have a way to make your own unique pottery. Or include a handmade pot with plants you give to friends and family.

Concrete pots are long-lasting and a much better value than "terra cotta"

The owner of Castcraft made a pot from these techniques after he first saw the video over 15 years ago. The pot has been in use and outside all year round ever since and is still going strong.

By Neavida Cairns. DVD with 27 page manual. Approx. 55 minutes.

Moldless Concrete Pottery Forming DVD $21.95 +S&H

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Concrete from Sand Molds

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Use sand to make molds for ornamental concrete

This book was originally published in 1910. The complete subtitle is:

A Practical Treatise Explaining a Simple System of Molding Ornamental and Plain Concrete or "Cast Stone" with Molds of Wet Sand.

The process heretofore held as a Trade Secret will successfully Mold every class of Ornamental Concrete work desired.

This book shows all the "secret" techniques from the early 1900's for casting ornamental items from concrete, by using molds made from special sand mixtures rammed around a pattern. Using the techniques described in the book, any type of concrete item from flat to curved, large to small, with solid or hollow shapes, can be made.

The question is, why would anyone today want to know these techniques? Why not just buy or make a plastic or rubber mold?

One answer lies in the QUANTITY you want to produce. If you want dozens or hundreds of the exact same item, then buying or making a mold with modern materials is the way to go. But if you just want one or two of something, the time and expense of buying or making a mold could easily be more than the item you want would cost to buy. In that case, you can use the techniques in this book to ram up a sand mold around a pattern of what you want, pour your concrete, and your only expense is for some scrap wood and sand (both of which are reusable).

Another reason you would use the techniques in this book is CUSTOMIZATION. For instance, you could easily make concrete retaining wall blocks, each with a different looking "rock" face. Or you could make house address markers all based on the same shape, but with different address numbers cast into the marker. Or stepping stones with custom messages or patterns.

And another reason for using these techniques is UNIQUENESS. If you buy a mold, you will be making exactly what somebody else designed, and other people are also making, since you are all using the same mold. With these techniques, everything you produce can be your own unique creation.

The patterns you use for sand molding can be any material that will hold a shape. For instance, if you have something made from plaster that you want to reproduce in concrete, you can make a sand mold of the plaster item. Or if a friend has a birdbath you like, you can make a sand mold of the birdbath, and cast your own. Or you can make any shape of your own design from wood - by carving, cutting out pieces, turning on a lathe, etc. Then make a sand mold of that shape, and turn it into a concrete item. You can even use a clay model for a pattern.

You can make "bowl" shapes with these techniques, such as the bowl for a birdbath, or a concrete planter. You can make concrete bricks and blocks, with hollow cores or solid. You can add the effects of real rock to the surface of your concrete. In short, any concrete item you want to make in limited quantity, or customized, or unique to you, can be made by using the information in this book.

A cheap price for information that would take years to accumulate by your own trial and error. Get your copy today!

By A.A. Houghton. 145 pages. 5 x 8. Illustrated.

Concrete from Sand Molds $13.95 +S&H

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Related Links:

The Castcraft Moldmaking and Casting Guides includes chapters on how to use concrete and how to use several types of rubber you can use to make molds for concrete.

The Moldmaking Techniques using Latex Rubber video demonstrates how to make the type of molds that can be used for casting ornamental concrete items.