>This has some interesting ideas. I like the one about putting found stuff
>in the stone. I think motor oil sounds gross! Ann
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>Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 17:41:08 -0500
>Subject: Re: garden tiles
>did a project similar to this a couple of years ago. the kids made
>pavers that were 2'x2'x4"thick. it was part of a construction/sculpture
>project in which we made around 100 of them so i had the kids make forms
>out of wood - 2x4's.... they used motor oil to grease the sides of the
>mold for easy slip out. it was in the middle of the summer in texas heat
>so they were dry in a couple of days. they used regular cement and we
>had an concrete dye to make different colors. the kids went out in the
>neighborhood and found objects which were representative of them and
>their community. they put bottle caps, bathroom tiles, small metal
>pieces on the bottom of the mold and poured the concrete on top. after it
>dried we tapped the paver out of the formwork and had the completed form.
> for handprints, we poured the concrete in the form and after a while
>when the concrete was mid dry we put hand prints in the concrete. once
>it was completely dry we tapped the paver out of the formwork and filled
>in the handprint with a stuco paint which added color to the hand print.
> other students put in bubble wrap to make bubble like designs... just
>grab a bag of concrete and explore and have fun, some of them will work
>some won't. it's part of the fun. good luck!
>On Wed, 21 Oct 1998 15:21:09 -0400 "Sears, Ellen"
>>One of my parents works at a children's home. They want the children
>>make garden tiles/cement paver type things. Has anyone done this? I
>>there are kits, but that is cost prohibitive.
>>I told here I thought they could use pizza boxes for molds (plastic
>>and regular cement.
>>Are items (shells, marbles, pottery shards) added when it starts to
>>Can they press their hands in it? Write in it (that's a stupid
>>isn't that what everyone sees in sidewalks etc?... - when do they
>>it?) Is there a curing period? Should they add a chicken wire
>>reinforcement in the middle of the tile? I've made cement bird baths
>>kids - I didn't know if it was the same.
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Ann pass this on to whom you got the message from.
There are two ways to do garden tles. Direct and Indirect.
Direct is where you wait for the cement in the mold to set some and then
press the objects in.
Indirect is where you use contact paper to adhere the colored objects down
and the cement is then poured over it.
Advantage if indirect is that you do not get the risen cement around the
object as you would in direct.