Note: I recently created a new lion mask pattern. It’s a great choice if you love lions but you don’t want to hand-sculpt a lion’s face out of clay and cast it in concrete. The downloadable lion mask pattern is made with cardboard pieces taped together, plus one layer of paper mache and that lovely raffia mane (made with a cheap table skirt). It isn’t waterproof, though, like the concrete lion in the video.
And now, back to the original post:
I realized a few days ago that I forgot to show you how the concrete lion head came out. I added a bronze coating from Sculpt Nouveau, and didn’t like the green patina. I went over it with iron coating, and added the Tiffany green patina heavily to make it rust. Now I like it a lot better.
I also figured out how to get a nice casting with the Quikwall, by using a “plasticizer” in the mix.
Links to some of the things mentioned in the video:
- Quickwall fiber-reinforced cement It’s available at my local Lowes, but not available in some areas. Not sure why.
- Julie’s Concrete Mountain Lion tutorial
- Rebound 25 Silicone mold-making material:
- Buddy Rhodes plasticizer:
- Concrete Acrylic Fortifier: — I didn’t test the finished piece to see if it was stronger than a lion I made without the fortifier.
- And here’s an older post showing the process of making a mold with the Rebound 25: