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& - Part 2: Ampercrete

Last Christmas I was suffering from a severe and life threatening case of ‘not having made anything real with my hands for ages’. So I thought I’d make a concrete ampersand. Because I like ampersands a lot and I’d never done anything with concrete except complain about its use in modern architecture.

That’s it really, not very complex. The ampersand is Interstate by the always marvellous Hoefler & Frere-Jones in case you’re interested. And now I have a 32 kilo paperweight in my garden.

Comments

  • mobii
    mobiialmost 3 years ago

    Ampersand, excellent. Heads, disturbing.

  • Yeah they’re doing well aren’t they, I planted them about a year ago. I hoping by next summer I’ll have three servants.

    – onetonshadow

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 3 years ago

    Impressive boxing! I’d have used bean bag pellets instead of gravel….makes for a much lighter paperweight!

    You could always soak it in yoghurt for a day or so, and then let it go green as the mould takes over, producing pleasing patterns across the amper and the sand….

  • Hey bag pellets, there you go. The thing is at no point during this did I actually really think about what I was doing. I should have asked you. The mould is reusable and a few friends have requested copies, so I might try that.

    – onetonshadow

  • Steve Leadbeater
    Steve Leadbeateralmost 3 years ago

    Seriously good.

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful. I have a life-threatening case of envy now.

  • I’ll post it to you.

    Oh no hang on.

    – onetonshadow

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely ampersand. Oh and those aren’t heads. They are obviously irises and two lips.

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 3 years ago

    Great idea and instructional info, love your “&!”

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 3 years ago

    Heh. Will you be making coaster-size ampercretes, too?

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinalmost 3 years ago

    And here’s me thinking we had odd things in our garden. My fairy sized toilet in a mini pagoda has NOTHING on your Mary Queen of Scots heads.

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedalmost 3 years ago

    what material did you use to create the mould with?? Is that a metal, or a plastic??

    Looks rather excellent I must say!

  • Plastic, it’s garden edging. At least I think that’s what it’s called. Just walked round Bunnings ‘til i found something suitable. Worked really well, although you’d be hard pushed to bend it into more detailed curves unless you went bigger. It’s why I picked the Interstate Ultrabold &.

    – onetonshadow

  • Natalie Tyler
    Natalie Tyleralmost 3 years ago

    A lump of concrete that size could do someone some serious damage.

  • Only if they ran into it. It’s a bit heavy to lift.

    – onetonshadow