Okay, folks. I know you're out there. Please post a reply and tell us a little about the stuff you make with concrete, projects you're proud of, plans for the future, etc.
I'm a relative newcomer to working with concrete. I got here by way of stained glass. I began making stepping stones using the indirect mosaic method of pouring the concrete mix over cut glass in a mold. I have expanded to use other objects in my stones - shells, agate slabs, rocks, gravel, etc. The indirect method is the same, but the technique is a little different when dealing with a 3d object. I hope to make a few benches and a table by the end of the summer.
Because I usually have some concrete left over from whatever I'm casting, I make neat coasters, candle sconces, etc. with "found" objects, colored sand designs, glass, etc. Recently I became interested in leaf castings and had read a method for accomplishing this, so I dove in. Living in rural LA is a lot like the jungle, so I have tons of plants to choose from. I'm planning some castings of elephant ear leaves (really huge) later in the summer, which I will use for either birdbaths or fountains. My most recent project was with hypertufa, which, fundamentally, is portland cement mixed with peat moss, soil, leaf mold, vermiculite, perlite, or other materials. I haven't decided how I feel about this medium yet. It was weird. I felt like I'd learned how to make a really good, stong, smooth concrete and hypertufa is like messing up a good thing!!! But I enjoy the "sculpting" one can do with it that ya can't do with regular concrete mix. Although it will cast almost as smooth as my other concrete formula, the surface is much more rugged and irregular, which is the charm of hypertufa. I will probably do more with it. This was just a quick stab at working with the medium. Next time I'll have a specific idea in mind.
So how about it? Y'all got anything interesting to share?