Originally posted by TonyL:could someone please email those sites to me?
Hi Tony - Sure. Didn't mean to be so rude. I'll post 'em for everybody and I hope that others "lurking" out there will post some new ones that I don't know about, too! The sites to which I referred in my post to Laura are dedicated to the stained glass stepping stone arts, which is not to imply that the information there is limited to those using glass in stones. Folks make all sorts of things from concrete. I do hope that if you have any questions, you'll bring them here, too, as this is a fresh environment for open discussion and everyone learns from everyone else, yaknowwhatImean.
First, I referred to a supplier who specializes in "stone" stuff. They are Butler Craft Supplies and their web address is: http://www.butlerscraftsupplies.com/
Their website is messed up, but they have most of their important items/prices posted. Email them if you need something you don't see or have questions. They're very good about responding and are nice, helpful folks.
The next links are other websites/boards dedicated to making art stones/objects. LOTS of good info, as well as ideas.
Silicon Folly is a website for stained glass artists and stonemakers. The link below takes you to the main page where you can find both forums (glass & stone) as well as lots of info (look at the "Manuals") and links to other relevant places. Their gallery shows nice stuff, but is not up to date. Many of the folks use Picturetrail albums to share their work. There is a "formula" for stepping stone concrete mix contained in "The Manuals" that many folks use. http://www.dmentd.com/folly/
Cole Sonafrank did a ton of research on the subject of making stepping stones and his site is a wealth of info about this art. He is a busy man and hasn't updated his site in a while, but the information and links are fabulous. His "formula" is the basis for many others who came after. http://www.elvesofester.com/mosaics.html
Steve Cole has a website and forum for stones, also. One can order a very handy spreadsheet from him that calculates quantities of ingredients for several "recipes" from the amount of mix needed. I found this to be an invaluable tool as I can't consistantly multiply & divide worth a flip. I trust spreadsheet calculations - I don't trust mine!!! You can also get to his forum (which, sadly, lost all its old messages a couple of weeks ago...) from the main page of his website. http://www.colebrothers.com/
Those were the main places I used when I started making this stuff (notice, I said "main" - it's a BIG web out there...). I used information from all of them, but I don't worship at any particular alter. I did a side-by-side comparison of as many formulas as I could find before coming up with my own mix. Same with techniques. I looked for commonalities among folks working in this medium, tried them, then made my own observations from my successes and failures. Still learning, still observing!
That should get you started, but don't be a stranger here! Come back and let us know what you find.