Concrete figurative sculpture – Experiments Part 1

I am logging my experiments with concrete on a wire armature. The figures are similar in shape to my Contemporary dancers.

Part 1.

Part 1. – The first layer of concrete

Concrete mixture

  • 1 part cement
  • 1 1/2 parts sand
  • 1/4 cup bentonite clay
  • Water with super-plasticiser

Initial thoughts:

  1. I have had to shape the armature before applying the concrete – after which it will literally be set in stone and I won’t be able to adjust the shape in any way.
  2. Concrete is less mouldable than clay – I will have to apply several thin layers to get the shape I want.
  3. The loose concrete mixture blends with the yarns very well – will try a knitted fabric.

Next – Part 2.