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I have some customers who do concrete sculpture. The lady is quite good at sculpting faces and such, but not so good at creating solid, durable bases that will withstand torrential winter rain.

A big egg weighing about 600 lb. was my first project. They started it. I covered everything that they did. Rebar was bent for both the pointy and rounder ends. Ribs join the two nose cones. Several layers of chicken wire cover the skeleton.
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About 5 coats of plaster finished the shape. Zypex crack filler makes up the final coat.

No matter how softly we pressed with rubber gloved hands, marks were left. I filled large sandwich type bags with pillow stuffing. These pads glided over the surface for a very smooth finish.
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The next item was the "watchman". This item was also started in my absence. I again completely covered what I was presented with. New projects will be started by me alone. I expect most to be based on cedar driftwood. It's durable, light and free.
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The watchman is pretty cool
 
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He now has a face, hands and boots. I didn't do any of that.

When I was about 14, I read all about ferro-cement boat building. People have spent a fortune on that. I've always wanted to try it. Rather than spending money learning, I was able to charge $30 per hour (: Not bad for really enjoyable work.

There are other creations on the property, which were showing some corrosion after 2 years in the elements. I coated them with Zypex, in the hope of preventing further damage. The largest of these is a naked lady that weighs about 1200 lb. On some itens, I made minor sculptural changes to facilitate better drainage.
 
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