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Buddy Rhodes Uses Creative Concrete to Inspire Courage

Good Morning Sunshine by Aviya, age 13 a patient who is participating in Art for LifeThinking about cancer or another serious illness can leave people with a feeling of helplessness. There's just not much that the average person can do about serious illnesses. We're not researchers and we don't have tons of money to donate. So what else can we do? Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products has found a way to help by teaming up with an organization called Arts for Life.

Concrete Inspired Artistry by Buddy Rhodes

Concrete Bench by Buddy Rhodes sits in a perfect green lawn.Buddy Rhodes uses his own concrete mix — which he also sells to contractors — to create hollow three-dimensional pieces. The water/cement ratio is about one part water to 10 parts mix.

How To Determine The Layout For An Individual Tile Pattern

drawing a basic design in a large roomI feel the industry has created a very busy design world. Many times I think people do too much design and they need to simplify things. Many interior designers want simple stain-and-seal floors because they want to focus on the furniture, lights and wall decor.

The Time Has Come for This Colorful Concrete Aztec Calendar

That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. Coyne Edmison, general manager of The Stamp Store, a retailer affiliated with SS, sent us the rest of the story.

What's New in Decorative Concrete

Cindee Lundin works on her artistry in concrete entry at World of ConcreteIf you missed this year's World of Concrete in Las Vegas, let me bring you up to date on what is happening in the decorative concrete industry. The decorative all-stars were out in full force and they certainly delivered and the decorative concrete information highway ran straight through Las Vegas this year.

Decorative Concrete Techniques: Stencils and Acid Etching

Close up view of stencil application with Profiler from Surface Gel TekA surface-preparation product called The Profiler from Surface Gel Tek can be used to create an etched effect with stencils. In these photos, Dane Hantz of Dane Concrete Design in Prescott, Arizona, demonstrates the technique. The surface was a steel-troweled concrete floor in a home. Hantz wanted to create a 60-linear-foot border around the room.

Designing a Basic Tile Pattern on Concrete

Rick Lobdell puts design into the concrete overlay.Now that summer is here I’m in full design mode on multiple projects that mostly involve basic tile patterns. Since I’m back in major math mode, I thought I’d share a challenging design project I did a couple of years ago for a client in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Auctioning Concrete Furniture to Support Sick Children Through Art

Concrete bench for auctionWe wrote about the plans by Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products to support an organization called Arts for Life with an auction. The intent was to support an organization that provides an artistic, creative outlet to children and their families who are coping with life-threatening illnesses.

Modern Mosaic Artwork Livens San Diego's Landscape

Lemon slice lithomosaic, small rocks embedded in concrete to make a shape.“It was back-breaking work,” says the owner of Brailsford Public Art in San Diego about placing colored aggregate piece by piece into wet concrete on a job site. She was working with Shaw & Sons’ Lithocrete system which incorporates a means to create a scattered aggregate pattern on a concrete surface.

African Cemetery Memorial Looks to Decorative Concrete to Honor Burial Site

Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.Decorative concrete lends color, resonance and beauty to the African Cemetery Memorial, completed last year at Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla.

Using Brass and Glass to Create Concrete Poetry

Brass wave feature.As concretists, each of us defines ourselves as “one who practices concrete poetry.” As we craft this material, we are crafting a poem. At the most basic level, that poem can be a haiku — deceptively simple.

Magicraftsman: Roch Fautch, Spokane, Washington

GFRC deck that looks like treesGrowing up in the mountains on a remote piece of property near Spokane, Washington, was just the setting needed to instill a limitless imagination, work ethic and determination into Roch (pronounced Rock) Fautch.

Use Underpainting Principles to Make Colors Shine on a Concrete Canvas

Images on concrete can start from a puddle of water on concreteHow is a puddle of water like a colored concrete slab?

Power Tools Used to Carve Concrete Mural at Trade-show Booth

Steven Ochs in front of his mural that was created for Bosch Tool Company at the World of ConcreteAnyone visiting the Bosch Tool outdoor booth at World of Concrete 2011 could not have missed this tool-carved decorative concrete work created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor.

LithoMosaic: The Art and Science of Decorative Concrete

Lithomosaics designs made in concrete from concrete.Robin Brailsford’s online resume lists her as “Artist, Inventor, Aesthetic Engineer.” The word “concrete” doesn’t makes its first appearance until the third page, but nonetheless, Brailsford has made a huge contribution to the art and science of decorative concrete through her patented invention, LithoMosaic.

Designer Cast-iron Drain Covers from Iron Age Designs

Cast-iron decorative concrete grate creates visual appeal beside curb.Decorative cast iron grates look impressive. But too often, they’re also expensive, so they aren’t considered for any projects but those with the largest budgets. A company called Iron Age Designs hopes to change that.

Concrete Bowls Provide Birds With Water

Striped red and white concrete bowl in nature.Deborah Brackenbury is no stranger to art — she’s been a photographer since the 1980s. But after a search for the perfect birdbath fell short, she made herself into a concrete artisan.

Concrete Contractor Installs Wall-to-Wall Penny Floor

A floor covered in pennies and then sealed with epoxy.After installing a stamped and colored concrete driveway in Minnesota, Concrete Science was approached by his client’s neighbor and complimented on a job well done. As luck would have it, during the conversation the man asked if Villella did epoxy work. He said yes and the talk turned to something the man had always wanted: a wall-to-wall penny floor.

The Natural World in Cast-in-place Concrete Relief Murals

Using a cast in place concrete technique to create a bas relief image in a concrete wall.Artist and designer Linda Patterson of Newark, Calif., created 15 cast-in-place relief murals — 2,136 linear feet in all — to adorn underpasses along the 12.8-mile San Tomas Aquino / Saratoga Creek Trail in Santa Clara County, Calif.

School's Time Walk Tells Story of Life on Planet Earth

O LD Donation School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is decidedly forward-looking in its educational mission, complete with facility design approaches geared to innovative learning concepts. One of the school's design features, however, offers a view in the other direction -- to the long-ago past, as measured in millions and billions of years.Old Donation School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is decidedly forward-looking in its educational mission, complete with facility design approaches geared to innovative learning concepts.

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