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DIY Test Tube Planter Stand

By: Preethi N from thenomadstudio.com
Updated July 19, 2021
DIY Test Tube Planter Stand
DIY Test Tube Planter Stand

"An easy DIY Test Tube Planter Stand to spruce up your work desk. DOs and DONTs: You can use any kind of mold for your casting. I have seen people use all kinds of material as mold. You can make silicone mold with a kit from Amazon or buy one (like I did to make my coaster) or make one with melamine, wood, or use any plastic container. It really depends on the size of your object and what shape you want to cast. If you are casting a small and simple object, you can also make a mold in the desired shape with cardboard. Once concrete cures, cardboard can be peeled off easily. Prepping the mold: Make sure the mold is water tight. If you are using any material other than silicone or melamine, I recommend coating the mold with clean vegetable oil or some release agent. This will help a lot when you demold. Make sure that you follow the cement to water ratio as per the manufacturer’s specification. I have used ‘Cement All’ in this project. As per the direction, I used a 1:4 ratio. You want the mixture to be a pancake batter-like consistency. After you fill the mold, it is very important to release the air bubbles. So, give a few taps on all sides and corners of the mold. If you are casting a bigger item, pound on the mold with a rubber mallet. To add a personal touch, you can add liquid cement color to your concrete mix. In this project, I have only used acrylic paints to color the cement. In the case of acrylic paints, use as little as possible. Otherwise, it could affect the composition of the mixture. After curing, you should seal it with a water-based sealer. I use this polyacrylic sealer for most of my projects. It gives a little shiny finish to it."

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