Through this NG I discovered with great glee Lynn Olson's book 'Sculpting with Cement.'
Being disabled, I have some limitations as to how long I can work on a piece.
Questions: 1- Is there ways to slow down the curing process even more than what Lynn Olson describes?
2- Can any one suggest inexpensive mechanical ways to mix the cement with so little ater without introducing air into it?
Fine Arts: Sculptures and Original Inkjet Prints
[Would you tell us a bit more about this book, like the publisher, copyright date, and what you especially liked about it? Is it still in print?] [Uh, what does she (he?) suggest?]
[So little water? Usually, this is done chemically, using 'superplasticizers', not mechanically, although there was a fellow that used to hang around here (haven't heard from him lately) who advocated mixing it with extreme vigor, using the equivalent of a automobile motor running flat out. He claimed this produces a 'gel' which sets harder and denser than regular concrete- haven't tried it myself, though.] Andrew Werby
I copied this information from http://www.bestbookbuys.com
Sculpting with Cement:
Author: Lynn Olson
Publication Date: January 1992
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Sorry Andrew, I would have sworn you suggested that book to someone! <S>
So here it is!
_Sculpting with Cement: Direct Modeling in a Permanent Medium_, by Lynn Olson, Steelstone Press, Copyright 1981 to 1997. ISBN: 0-9605678-0-1
Steelstone Press 4607 Clausen Lane Valparaiso, Indiana 46383-1526 <phone>
Still in print, from Lynn Olson him/herself, but also various bookstores who, I presume would order it from the author. In this case, I suggest getting it from the author so s/he gets full profit.
This book is wonderfully illustrated, artist oriented, and show, step-by-step, how to create permanent sculptures directly from fiber- and sand-cement. It covers fine art projects (not crafts!) from starts to finish: step-by-step sculpting, texturing, coloring, polishing, making a base and mounting the piece, plus much more.
If I have the physical energy/ability to mix the cement and shape it before it cures too hard, cement could be the medium I have been looking for for so long: - it can be any color - except clear -, can be given any texture - from rough to mirror polish), can be made from thin and soft to thick and stocky. - the results are reasonably fast: a few days or a few weeks depending on the size/thickness of the project - no intermediary 'risky' steps like a kiln - safe: easy, down to earth safety precautions
As soon as possible, I will ask my questions to the author and I will let you know the answers.
In the mean time, I strongly suggest you get that book from your local library and... enjoy!