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« on: July 01, 2007 06:42:39 PM »

A friend of mine asked me to do a little project for her, she had these cheesy little cement chicks as lawn ornaments when she was a kid. They're all cracked and beat up now, she asked if I could restore them.

I was trying to figure out what would be the best way to fix them up in terms of their actual structure. Their beaks are broken off, and one of them has a big dent & crack in his head. Is it as simple as filling the spaces with quickcrete? Would I have to worry about it cracking as it dries? Will I be able to re-form a beak out of that? Or would I be better off making the beak out of Sculpey, and gluing it on? The surface just has to end up being paintable.

I'll post before & after pics when they're done. Smiley
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007 10:34:53 AM »

I've worked with concrete a little, re surfacing is exactly what we did and should be easy with quick-crete. The beak is a toughie- I'd be inclined to make a clay mold & pour concrete in it separate & glue it on after its done- then your paint wears the same all over because it's the same stuff underneath all over.

You can use regular modeling clay & then cover it with something greasy before pouring in your concete for something really small like this. If you were to do a big thing I'd get the right kind of clay.

Re surfacing the shaped concrete you can wear heavy rubber gloves & apply by hand. When it's half dry you can rough sand it smoother.
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