So you started looking around for some extra income. You want to earn good money and be your own boss.
What about starting your own decorative concrete mold business?
What do I need to get started?
Well, most of these items may be around your home or shop. So setting up and starting your own business can be cheap and profitable.
Probably one of the most important pieces needed. If you have poorly crafted and low quality molds, your finished goods will look the same. There are many types of shields on the market. Aluminum, single use plastic, rubber, fiberglass, wood, and even nature itself.
But if you want the best and most reliable molds that give you the least amount of hassle, a good latex rubber mold with a fiberglass casing for rubber support is your answer. Sure you can buy cheap molds that you need to sit in some sand and pack around, but you can’t always fix it. Because of all the hustle and bustle around you, these templates can be frustrating to use and reduce your profits. How can you vibrate any air bubbles if something is buried in your sandbox? With templates that are self-sufficient, you have everything self-made and easy to use. You can put the mold right, shake the bubbles and set the mold aside to dry.
Also, when you have a standard rubber mold, it allows you to get the details of a professional sculptor.
So quality molds produce standard garden art, which puts as much money in your pocket as you can.
2. Cement and sand and stone and water
Cement – Portland cement obtained from any hardware or building supply store. Yes you can use quick mix if you want but then you are paying the price of sand and stone at retail prices. I recommend getting a white Portland cement. It may cost a little more, but it produces well-colored items.
Sand – Dry, clean, and washed river sand.
Stone – A pea gravel works well. It is not necessary for small molds but it gives strength to cement. The stone will not be displayed in the item you created.
Water – Fresh clean cold water
Your mixer can be a simple wheelbarrow or a small electric mixer. Most people have a wheelbarrow, so using it doesn’t increase any startup costs. With Wheelbarrow you need to change the cement / stone / sand / water mixture until you have consistency. With a mixer you can easily add to your sand / stone / cement / water and let the mixer rotate when you do other things. They can be purchased for around $ 500 and can use a simple household electrical plug.
Shovel – to find your sand and stone
Bucket – L. to transfer mixed cement and pour into your mold.
Rasp / File – Cement to clean any edge of garden art
Screwdriver, hammer and pliers – always easy to get around
5. Release agent
A release agent is an oil or wax based product that is applied to your molds before being poured into concrete. It forms a barrier between the mold and the cement so they do not bind and are easily absorbed when dried. Release agents help your templates to grow longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer, longer. Different molds take different release agents so it is better to ask the mold manufacturer. Some latex rubber molds require non-petroleum based oils so that the rubber is not removed and does not cause it to soften and melt. You can either mix your own release agent with castor oil and menthol spirits or buy a pre-medium blend. Release agents are usually mixed by hand or lightly sprayed on your molds.
Just a handy place to work on finishing your dry art work at eye level rather than working on the floor.
7. Paint brush and paint
How are you finishing your dry concrete garden art? You can leave them plain white or gray concrete, but by adding color you can put more value on them and get more value. Good quality exterior paint works best. Remember to leave the bases unpainted to allow the cement to breathe.
Well basic basic cleaning tool!
9. Hull Hull
This is an optional requirement. A vibration table is a metal platform mounted on springs or rubber with a vibration motor. Vibration shakes trapped air bubbles and settles the concrete for a better clean finish. They cost $ 500 and up. A simple rubber hammer and hand shake will also work for small molds.
Start making beautiful concrete yard ornaments and take advantage of low cost and huge profit margins