Saturday, April 23, 2011

I have a new best friend: Slurry

Mr. Sea is done. I've covered his wounds and given him a fresh and final coat of mortar. The next step is to let him sit and cure while I wait for the tile to come in.

Today was the first time I'd ever made a slurry, and I think I'm in love. For those not keen on concrete sculpture, a slurry is cement and water mixed to the consistency of thick paint. And that's exactly how it goes on. Using a paint brush, I slathered Mr. Sea with this slurry and I love the effect. Mortar is sandy. Three parts sand to 1 part concrete. And when it dries, I can keep brushing and brushing the sand off my sculpture. But coating him with a slurry, it's like sealing him in and giving him a smooth base coat.

I had to add some mortar over some spots to fix cracks and add more strength, so tomorrow, I may make a second slurry and go over him one more time. But other than that, the next step will be to add his surface treatment. Can't wait!!


  1. This is quite amazing. I love it. I can't wait to see the finished piece of art.