Moulds and Form Tubes (34)
Cement moulds are timesaving devices you can use to shape and form concrete and other materials. They take most of the effort out of the crafting process, since all you have to do is mix the cement, pour it in the mould, and let it dry. These moulds are suitable for many pro and DIY applications.
Form tubes are cylindrical pieces made from quality fibre which is laminated with an adhesive, making it rigid. A coating on the inside keeps out moisture, allowing the poured concrete to cure, and providing a strong concrete shape, like a column or pillar. This makes them ideal for making posts for mailboxes or lighting fixtures, or as footings for houses, decks, sheds, and other structures. The most convenient aspect to these moulds is that they degrade. Instead of having to cut them away or pull them off at one time, just let them fall away over time.
For optimal strength results, ties and other reinforcement materials fortify the cement structure, particularly columns and bases. By placing steel rebar inside a concrete column, you increase the strength of the column and its ability to bear weight.
For additional aesthetic touches to cement and concrete work, consider a landscaping cement mould. After the cement is poured for a sidewalk, driveway, or walkway, apply the mould to the surface of the wet cement and press evenly. This creates a pattern in the wet concrete that makes it look as if it’s made from multiple rocks or flat stone, rather than a single cement layer. Repeat the process, rotating the mould each time, to create a look that appears natural. Pick up concrete sealer to make your walkways waterproof, and more resistant to the elements. You can also use specific concrete primers to paint walkways and posts the colour you prefer.