Maybe it’s possible… insanity linked to concrete obsession. Oh well, whatever makes you happy; and these Orbs surely do, not to mention the way they accent the garden! Come join my obsession and make Concrete Orbs Balls & Spheres!
The Awesomeness of the Shape:
Did you realize that a sphere is practically perfect?! Yes, it fits in a cube perfectly, and has so many interesting traits.
Yes, I know; I am a little sphere obsessed. I’ll let you in on a little secret; I also teach how drawing, especially the geometrics behind perspective. This shape is so amazing but also quite complex. I am sure students think I am trying to torture them, but it’s a vital skill to master of your want to really be able to draw well, don’t you agree?!
The Magical Geometry:
Take a look; this form has the same dimension no matter where you slice it. I had that realization when showing how to draw it inside of a cube. Ok, don’t worry, you won’t have to draw it! That interesting fact spurred ideas to easily crafting it. Drawing to design; such a ‘Da Vinci’ novel idea!
Making Orbs with concrete has two options; working inside of a form or outside of a form. When using the inside of a mold, it isn’t necessary to have an entire mold since you can reuse the portion since it’s all the same dimension; the great thing.
This Rock Orb is so easy since it allows you to work in a hollow way and shift it to continue as you like.
How ingenious is that?! The possibilities of material are also endless. I made a mold quite easily with my method since having flexibility is key when trying to unmold concrete.
Embeds are especially fun! This little jewel hollow orb is still in the development stage but will be posted soon! Check back soon!
Add a bit of glass and it’s now a Geode Planter – a rock garden for a table or small space!
These Monster Concrete Eggs are cast in a similar way but much more finicky since they are cast inside balloons. (do be aware that always using the proper mix is key)
Go ahead and Wrap!
Discovering the ability to stiffen string/rope to make a light fixture lead to this design using concrete and an inflatable mold (ball). It was my first many years ago and they become Snowmen in winter.
Adding some natural leaf details takes it up a notch or two in this Rope and Leaf Orb (tutorial coming soon).
Can you see a pattern here? One design leads to another… to another. If you ‘let’ yourself dream, there really is no end to ideas! This Concrete Voronoi Orb is a bit of a hybrid of wrapping and layering. I love it’s unique ‘cheesy’ quality!
Adding Outside the form:
If you don’t have/want to make a mold you can easily find round inflatable balls etc to use to cast over. This allows for all kinds of sizes as this smallish one; The Concrete Candle Orb and the addition of the metallic inside sets it off.
‘Go big or go home’ is the motto here. This Giant Concrete Orb about 24″ diameter! And I’m thinking it should look like some meteor that fell to earth!
Adding great textures:
Who say that you need the outside to be boring & flat or even perfectly round?! There’s an abundance of leaves and amazing textures depending on your leaves. This Lacy Leaves Concrete Circle throws wonderful shapes of light.
Who would think that these leaves were cabbage?! Think ‘outside the box’ or concrete orb! Another massive 24″ Gigantic Concrete Leaf Orb.
Itching to Make Concrete Orbs Ball & Spheres? Do be aware that not all concrete is the same and it’s very important to use the right one; here’s help and also some quick tricks for crafting. Links to all full tutorials above.
Thanks to Quikrete and RapidSet Cementall and Sakrete for making great mixes… please send me some, I am always in need…
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You are so amazing!
You are too kind! Wish all of life was as fun & easy as concrete…
Wow! Beautiful works!!! I love all kind of orbs too… 🙂
There’s just something about the shape – simple but interesting! The contrast of perfect sphere with textural rock works so well.
Barb, these are SO awesome! We have just moved to a place where I now have some space to actually try some of the projects you have detailed. I will let you know how they proceed. Thank you for clear and easy to follow directions.
Thanks! I really do like them, and never tire of them since the shape is so classic…
I love all of your things you make also. I am trying to find my knack I guess you could say. Ive been making vases, and cups, and paintings and now trying concrete. I also make jewelry too! I would love to be able to sell some of the things I make one of these days. Thats one of the goals. For now they are just for myself and gifts for family and friends. You are an inspiration for sure. Thank you.
You can do it, believe in yourself. If you like what you make, others will too. I can’t seem to limit myself to one art form lately. I liken it to travelling, you don’t always got to the same place…
I was thinking of trying to make a concrete sphere for my father’s headstone. Have you had much experience with cloth dipped in concrete? And lastly, do you think a concrete sphere would be permanent enough? As permanent as say, granite?
Thanks. I love seeing your stuff on Pinterest!
I have done concrete draping and it has held well as this fellow Concrete can last but will depend on certain factors. There are different mixes, and options of sealing as well. You see sidewalks last but they do not look the same as when they were made. I like aging concrete but not everyone does. Granite is much denser so it would outlast. Even the marble does not last at the cemetery. This may help too for concrete draping. Good luck
Hello, I am passionate about your blog. I think I have not correctly understood the proportions to make a silicone mold because it is friable, unless I made another mistake, but which one? thanks for your help, because i can not wait to try the orbs. Good day to you. Nicole
Have not given an exact recipe as it will depend on how compacted the starch is etc. Think of it like a dough, working until it becomes homogenous and not sticking any more. Keep fingers out of the silicone… 😉
Try a small amount test run first to get the gist!
Hello, if I may ask. How do I remove the cement from the mould? I think it sticks together and I don’t know what to do to remove the project (cement) that I made without destroying the mould. Help. 💔
I am confused about your question. Most orbs have an inflatable ball inside so deflate and pull out a hole… Plastic does not stick to concrete.
You are fantastic! Taking the broken orb to these levels are super inspirational. My mind started working in overtime. I can’t wait until it gets warmer outside.. Thank you for sharing
I know what you mean!!! My mind can picture all kinds of designs, I just wish they would come together as fast!! There’s no end to orb ideas… ❤️
These are sooo cool! I esp like the geode planter. Very creative, amazing work.
Thank you for the inspiration.
I love your work, been enjoying and getting inspired by it on Instructables for quite a while now!
Glad it sent you here! These tutorials are more thorough! There’s lots of unique concrete projects!
Do you ever send or receive goods on pallets or in containers?
So far no. I’d rather spend my energy on the creative than the packaging. Sadly, most do not want to pay for the cost of shipping/packaging.