Finally, The Right Shade of Chocolate

Through a combination of brown powder color added to the cement mix and a brown acid stain, and then a concrete sealer, I finally got that right chocolate color on my cement Labrador.

Color Search

This is a color test. It says “Buff” on the bottle. Looks orange to me but we’ll see what shade it dries as. The green thing in the center is a straw for where you hang it on a nail flush with the wall. And you can just make out the outline to the biscuit in the lower left corner. The photo on the right is the natural color of the cement without the color added. What do you all think?

This one is “Brown” and when I tried it before it came out really light, but I skimped on how much I added that time because I wasn’t sure how it might impact the curing of the concrete. Not this time though.

Here they are side by side.

Little Labrador Statue

I demolded the concrete little Labrador hanging statue just now. It turned out fine (Lab in the lower right corner). I’m going to try a new cement next that is supposed to cure faster. It would be nice to be able to take a casting out of the mold after a day instead of 4 or 5 days. For some unknown reason I find this photo a little surreal.