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.

Pug Door Knocker

One of the members of a FB pug group asked me about a door knocker. I gave it some thought and this is what I came up with yesterday. It needs to be painted, of course, but I wanted to test it out before committing all the time to painting it. He’s very solid, and loud, a little louder than in the video.

The washer side of the hinge is cast inside the pug’s head.

Chocolate Pugs

I finished the cradles for two new molds this evening so I could make these castings. The molds turned out true to form, no bubbles. In the photo they are the top and the bottom pugs. These castings are also the result of more color experimentation. They’re wet from getting scrubbed but this is what they’ll look like in the rain. Chocolate pugs. The color is probably more suited for my Labrador, Fleegle.

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.