How to Make a Concrete Druzy

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Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
Learn how to make a stunning looking faux druzy out of Artist's Concrete and Judikins Glitter Rox. You will learn how to mix the concrete, add pigment, and create a druzy look with a mold and Glitter Rox.
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Hi, this is Julie with beadaholique.com and examples here and as you can see they all vary which is part of the fun of this technique is each time you do it is can turn out a little bit different here I have a pendant and I'm going to show you how to make this pendant in the video so I've used a mold which I have right here in the center is glitter rocks and this is dyed concrete and I have embedded an eye pin into the concrete so that I can use this as a wearable piece of jewelry so I was able to make a bail for myself with that eye pin to make a concrete Jersey you're going to need a mold and you can use any shape mold you want which is really fun that opens up a lot of possibilities you're going to need the concrete itself and this is part of the create wrecklessly line by the beadsmith it's really fun to work with you get a nice big tub of it if you want to color your drusy if the basic outer concrete color you're going to need some pigment there's a lot of pigment colors to choose from just note that the color of the pigment is actually quite a bit darker than what your end result looks like because you're adding essentially white to it which is going to create a color somewhere in the middle between these two and then for the sparkly drusy look you're going to be using cool dinner rocks and this also comes in a variety of colors I'm just using the silver color then you're going to need some disposable measuring cups a stir stick and then if you do want to go ahead and make that bail with the eye pin you're going to need some eye pins or one eye pin per project and then a pair of round nose pliers and a pair of cutters as well as some tape so let me show you how to go about doing this just scoot these guys back I have to say I have worked with a lot of different mixed-media products and I love the concrete not only the look of it but because it's really really easy to work with I've made quite a few little miscalculations here and there and done things a little bit out of sequence and has been very forgiving so that is a really nice attribute of the artist concrete the basic formula to mix up your concrete is one tablespoon of concrete and I've drawn a little mark on here with a permanent marker where the tablespoon mark is because it's really hard to see the actual measurements but a tablespoon of concrete a half a teaspoon of water and if you're gonna use color one sixteenth of a teaspoon of the pigment and do note it's always good to have a little bit of extra water hanging around because sometimes you do need to add a little bit more so to mix it you first begin by mixing the color into the concrete so just pour it on in and stir it up okay and it still looks pretty white but you'll see once the water hits it that's gonna end up being a nice pretty blue tone so we've got the half a teaspoon of the water right now so I'm just gonna pour this in very slowly a little bit at a time and you'll see it start to clump together then add a little bit more I'm still really very dry but we are seeing more blue come through then add the rest and you'll want to scrape the bottom of it you don't really want to scrape all the sides because you'll see it's like when you're mixing cake batter there's a lot of little air pockets and a lot of it just sticks to the bottom so you really want to mix it up now if you are going to use it to imbed objects like we're going to be doing here with that eye pin you want to do it within five minutes of mixing it so we want to work relatively quickly and then in terms of curing it takes about an hour okay so that's a good consistency and I would describe it almost like cake batter and it is gritty which is nice because it is concrete but to make art drusy we're first going to fill our mold partway full with the glitter rocks you can put as much or as little as you want so on a couple of these I'm gonna put a lot and so we put a lot in this one a little on this one kind of a medium amount in this one now we're just going to go ahead and pour the concrete over the top of it got a better angle for the camera now if you're familiar with working with resin you will know that resin is self-leveling and this to some degree is as well but it doesn't move as easily and as fluidly as resin so what you'll need to sometimes do is carefully just add it to the spot that maybe it didn't seep into on its own and just help it along that way I don't want to take my stir stick and push it too much because in this case I have got that glitter rocks under there and I don't want to scoot it around so if anything I'm just gonna ever so carefully go over the top of it and not really press down into it but just the top layer pull and that's did it the same with right here see if I have any more there we go so now we need to go ahead and embed our eye pin so we are doing this as the last step because if we would have put it in first the concrete is heavy enough even though is quite liquidy that it would have made the pin go from being like this to being like this which is not what we would have wanted because it would have weighed it down I'm going to trim my pin doesn't need to be that long and then I've got my round nose pliers because I just want to make some bends in it just to help it when it's stuck in there so it's not a straight line that could potentially pull out it shouldn't pull out but if it's got some curve to it that's even better I'm going to take a piece of tape now I do want to because you look at the level where it is so it's below the top line of the mold so I do need to make sure that this guy is a little bit curved so he's gonna sit down in there I take the tape away from it but I don't want him to go so deep that he pokes out the other side where the drusy is going to do this very carefully and then I'm pushing it down and the concrete is seeping over it I should have pushed that down a little bit more so I mean just go like that and let it stick in there and hopefully it's not going to show through the other side it might if that happens and you're doing a technique like this because we've got a silver wire and we've got the silver glitter rocks you can just trim the tip of it that pokes out is still going to be secure but hopefully that won't be an issue let me show that to you one more time and this one I am going to bend down on purpose to begin with a little bit more and then just make some curves maybe you can take a pin and to push it down and this concrete is actually already setting up if you can kind of see here I'm having a hard time dragging that concrete so that's still gonna stick in there I think I got enough in there but ideally we would have not done three of them at once and ended up with this curing a little bit so just keep that in mind you do have to work really fast with anything you're going to embed so I'm gonna let that be like that but I'm actually glad that we had an instance to show how fast this did actually cure so I'm gonna wait an hour and then I'm gonna pop these guys out and show you the finished result now that our concrete has cured we're ready to pop these guys out of the mold so I'm gonna remove the tape first from the ones with the eye pin bails and then let me show you what it looks like on this side here so I'm just gonna press it from the middle of the mold there we go so here is the one that had the least amount here is the middle one and this was the one with the most what you're gonna want to do is tap it you can tell this is very hard and solid but you want to get rid of any of the glitter rocks that are not embedded into the concrete because they'll flake off anyways so there's one here was the medium one you can see it is a deeper cavity because we put more into the mold and then here was the one that we filled the most I'm just hoping that that bail did not poke through that to the front you see a lot comes out and it's a really deep cavity and that did not poke through which is great so each one does look different very unique and very pretty so it's a fun look that you can create also note I think this is worth pointing out the side that was not in the mold is more of that traditional concrete look it's very much of a matte finish and lighter and then the one the side that was part of the mold is very very smooth has just a slight sheen to it is ever so slightly darker as well so that's something to keep in mind too so I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to concrete drew Z's you can find all the supplies for this project as well as other projects using the concrete at beadaholique.com you

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