3 years ago#1
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How much marble dust do I mix with white cement?

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3 years ago#2
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high its mick pearson you would mix three marble to one cement i use cement fondue its the hardest on the planet but more expensive than ordenary you can by it in diferent coulars black brown grey or white you can polish it with clear shoe polish or scrub it with a small brass wire brush to acheave a metal finish

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2 years ago#3
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That sounds like a great combination - three parts marbel dust with one part white cement fondue . Do you think this will hold up to the elements better than say winterstone ?

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2 years ago#4
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HI AVA.sorry took so long in getting back to you. iv'e been out all day.i come from the uk. ive never used winterstone. i only no about it because some one was asking if there was a clay that could be used outside. and i looked it up on the web.i had remembered it and sent a suggestion to you.however i do use marble dust that i bought.as you can buy it hear from most plaster supplies. cement fondue can be bought from a sculptures supplier hear where i live in the uk. you would have to search to see if you can get supplies.my older brother told me that he was passing a stone masons. and looked in and they told him that they could give away marble dust for free as they trash it. then some one in the states on this site was asking what they could do. as a stone mason offered them marble dust. all they could take for free so i told them to sell it. use it. or give it to people that could use it.cement fondue is a high alumina cement. it can handle burning temperature to below freezing the white cement fondue is called secar.if you type in alic teranti uk on your computer you can read about cement fondue on there tech sheets it is used for sculpting when made into a goo or used for casting it is expensive but it depends on how you use a material example silicone is expensive when pored over a model to make a mould but the same mould can be made cheaper by painting the silicone on saving rubber and money.have a look also at marble inspiration stone ornaments. to see what the finished product will look like. cement fondue is also grey or brown.

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2 years ago#5
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a better mix is two marble one white sand and one white cement fondue for a white marble cast.

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2 years ago#6
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it sounds wonderful. I hope I can get some freewhite marble dust around here because I adore the look of bonded marble (to me it looks like a carving made of pure white Carian marble like so many Victorian statues ) .

Unfortunately pretty much the only thing they do around the city with marble is cut and polish custom marble countertops ...but the slabs are pretty much finished where they are quarried not here

Will continue to ask around though . If anyone has marble dust they'd like to get rid of around NYC I have a little pickup truck available or if you have a source we can share the dust and I'd be happy to drop off half at your place in return for the info ...

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2 years ago#7
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HI AVA.when they have done that do they leave a lot of dust about because its the dust that the stone masons leave on the floor that gets used you can also mix it with resin and a little white pigment or a mix of colours to make veined marble.

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2 years ago#8
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neat ! do you happen to have any pics of castings U;ve made this way Mick ? would love to see. Gotta start casting my statue ASAP ... got a partial payment along with an ( understandable ) a demand for action NOW YIKES !!!!

here are todays pics ... ive done some work on her legs and contraposto pose and of course combed her overall surface .

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2 years ago#9
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HI AVA. ill post some.i cant see your legs.lol. did the pics not come out.

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2 years ago#10
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HI AVA. go to the front page of my sculptures gallery and look through the topics it will give you a list clay concrete etc.and pick the one that says silicon look down all the silicon questions till you see RE making a silicon mould by mick pearson. you will see me talking to the man i told you about his name is geofff.

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2 years ago#11
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I did look up Geoff's sculptures thanks Mick unfortunately I can't get Your link to work on my Apple ( probably just that I'm a virtual computer illiterate .. sorry ) He sure is great though !

I'm downloading the legs now from my phone again sorry ... I had to run the other day and it takes me some time ..

One of these days I'll have enough minutes to figure these links out I hope ... I would love to see YOUR sculptures

My NEXT step is gonna be a " fun " one lol ... I get to cut her face off , take out about an inch of her virtual skull, and transplant the face back on with the help of chopsticks and clay slip . Please wish me luck !

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2 years ago#12
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i wish you luck with the operation. scalpel please.

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2 years ago#13
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I did it I did it ! I will download a pic of her new face when I am not totally exhausted lol.

I'm also thinking about sand-casting w copper and aluminum from old baseboard heating units I own and was gonna junk.....

I know it would be ridicuously difficult to build a two part drag,... cut the statue in half and then melt the ( 6 foot ) parts in a crucible .... but please IMAGINE this 30s stylized statue in highly polished warn white metal ..... OMG ....

Mick have U ever sand cast metal in a large format ? PLEASE tell me U have ..

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2 years ago#14
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HI ava. i'm pleased about your success.once you've had a brake it will be nice to see your pics. in regards to sand casting iv'e seen lots and lots of vids on youtube. but iv'e never done it.sorry
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1 year ago#15
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Just be careful that U don't go too big ... Winterstone ( cement fonu ) SOUNDS wonderful but and makes a great surface but its prone to cracking and any statue left outside with small cracks in a freezing climate WILL eventually disintegrate .

I have seen the results though ... and for a 36 inch or less sculpture - GORGEOUS ! truly stone-like . Its really nice to chisel in some texture and details after it has set and polish the rest like marble ... I'll try to post a pic here of some results after the weekend.

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1 year ago#16
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HI AVA. nice to hear from you again. a lot of people said they had problems with cracking of cement fondue. i was reading that it was banned from being used in building ind. in some countries but i never new what for.

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1 year ago#17
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Hi Ava Do you have a good supplier for cement fondue? Winter stone=cement fondue?

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1 year ago#18
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HI A133X. i read that cement fondue was not aloud in some countries building ind any more it was band because of cracking etc. but if you can find any cement with a high alumina content it will be the same as cement fondue as fondue is its french name.

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