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« on: January 09, 2006 11:50:10 AM »

Does anyone know of a good tutorial on how to make your own concrete molds for paver stones?  I'm interested in possibly making a puzzle piece path, or some other interlocking design, but I don't know how to mold concrete and get it out of the mold without breaking it.

When I Google it, I keep finding things about toxic mold and removing mold from concrete.  I'm just not hitting the magic search terms, I guess.

Thank you for your help,
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2006 11:53:18 AM »

Hmmm, I've seen this done.  A lot of gardening magazines sell rubber molds in different shapes and sizes where you mix your own concrete and pour into the molds.  I've made rubber molds before and it's not too horribly hard to do, but I'm sure there's an easier way.

I'll check around on Google and in some of my new catalogs and things and see what I come up with...
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2006 11:54:54 AM »

Try searching for concrete paver forms. At least in construction, you form concrete, not mold it.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2006 11:55:30 AM »

I just found this site...is this what you're looking for?

http://www.outdoordecor.com/product_detail.asp?item=GSS15018


or this?

http://www.outdoordecor.com/product_detail.asp?item=GSS15047
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2006 12:01:58 PM »

I do stained glass work and have seen concrete molds on various glass web sites.  You could try delphi glass -- click on mosaic supplies.  They have a bunch of molds and concrete ideas. 

http://www.delphiglass.com/index.cfm?page=cat_home&altcat=1535&viewcat=1535
 
Hope this helps!  I'd love to see what you come up with when you are done! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2006 12:09:16 PM »

Wow, people!  Y'all are fast...

But, that's not quite what I have in mind.  What I want to figure out how to do is to create my own mold, or "form" as it apparently is more accurately called.  I want to take a shape I have in mind, make my own form, and then pop out some concrete pavers.
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2006 05:29:37 PM »

This guy sells the stuff to make your own molds...works with concrete

http://www.concretenetwork.com/JeanneFields/smooth_on.htm

This probably won't help you in terms of mold-making, but I thought it might give you a few ideas...

http://www.geckostone.com/pavers.html
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2006 07:15:42 PM »

The mold-making sounds promising, and the gecko pavers are one of the pavers that gave me the idea in the first place.

Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2006 07:38:19 PM »

You know, you can also try a piece of plywood, nails, and landscape edging (for a smooth side). if you're trying to make curvy pieces, but maybe not too intricate... Place the nails as backer to keep the edging in the form you want, duckt tape the edging down to avoid too much movement, and I am pretty sure you could do a nice form this way. You could prolly do this with any "bendy" material like landscape edging.... Have you given any thought to seeded concrete? I love it! It is beeeuuutiful! Basically you put (seed) glass chips in the concrete as your aggregate... it is so sweet... these guys will send you a sample....americans pecialtyglass.com they do a whole mess of cool colors and will sell to you in 1# increments which are hard to find! Anwyay, I know you didn't ask about glass but I though I'd throw that in! I'm off to post my nose into someone else's business!!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2006 08:57:42 PM »

I bought some concrete and poured it into those round plastic plates that go under flower pots to make some garden stepping stones and they came out fine. I think you can use pretty much anything, I've heard of people using pizza boxes or cookie sheetes. Maybe try cutting your shapes onto cardboard and making some kind of wall around the edges. BTW, I've read to put vaseline around the inside of your mold to prevent sticking, but it wasn't a problem for us at all, they all just popped right  out when turned upside down.
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