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As I find links (bookmarks) useful in connecting the worlds of concrete, cement, and art, I will add them to this list. If you have the book Concrete Handbook for Artists, this list will be more up to date. Please let us know if you find any of these links out of date.

General Concrete
Specialized Concrete
Art, Artists, Design, Architecture
Concrete Safety
Suppliers and Manufacturers
Other Concrete Issues


General Concrete

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concrete
Wikipedia's excellent comprehensive overview of concrete.

http://matse1.matse.illinois.edu/concrete/concrete.html
University of Illinois page has good solid scientific principles about concrete.

http://www.cement.org/cement-concrete-basics
Good overview from the Portland Cement Association.

https://www.concretenetwork.com/
Concrete Network is a good overall site for house construction issues, pavers, countertops. Also a resource for sources of supply: stains, sealers etc.


Specialized Concrete

http://www.geocities.com/flyingconcrete/manual2.htm
Lightweight Concrete: Reprint of an article of the US Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation's Concrete Manual (1963).

http://www.litracon.hu/
About LiTraCon, light transmitting concrete developed by Aron Losonczi a Hungarian inventor. Using 5% fibre optic glass imbedded in fine concrete, the material can transmit light and shadow. Also http://litraconjewellery.com/

http://ferrocement.net/
Ferrocement Educational Network, a great resurce for all things about ferrocement. They also have a forum.

http://irc.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/pubs/cbd/cbd241_e.html
Canadian Building Digest, why polymer modified concretes are recommended.

http://www.buddyrhodes.com/understanding-pva-fibers-in-artisan-concrete/
Understanding PVA Fibers in Artisan Concrete. Good overview. Check out other resources on this excellent Buddy Rhodes site. They also have an extensive catalogue of concrete supplies.

http://https://www.daviscolors.com/
David Colors manufacture pigments.

http://www.elvesofester.com/mosaics.html
Cole Sonafrank's stained mosaic mortar. Discusses components of a good mix, also links to standard mix page and a good list of suppliers.

http://ca.geocities.com/xpf51/CONCRETE_TIPS.html
A good overview of the process of casting concrete garden objects in latex molds.

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/hypertufa
http://www.gardenstew.com/threads/1779/
Good hyper tufa forums and introductions with instructions.

http://www.noctigroup.com
Nocti Group supply various mold materials in large quantities. But their Application and FAQs sections are worth reading.


Art, Artists, Design, Architecture

Also check the Guest Gallery page for more artists, some of whom have web sites.

http://www.cssniderdesigns.com/shanesnidersculpture.html
Shane Schneider figure sculptures using armatures and concrete. Good process explanations on another page.

http://www.mirabilisdesign.co.uk
Small sculpture company based in the UK who sculpt unusual garden sculptures in ceramic before casting them in a portland stone / silver sand cement mix.

http://copperandconcrete.com/
Christopher Grondeck's concrete and copper lamps in Seattle.

http://www.sandpudding.com/
Elder Garrison Jones carves concrete in Tennessee. The site shows his work and he gereously shares information about his technique.

http://www.rockelements.com/
Ryan Brayak's Rock Elements is a custom concrete design and fabrication studio in Escanaba, MI, USA.

http://home.roadrunner.com/~artspace/
Edward Gennetten is a San Diego artist using concrete in his mixed media two-dimensional abstract art designed for hanging on walls.

http://sherriwarnerhunter.com/
Sherri Warner Hunter, Tennessee, author of Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden, shows her own work, commissions, workshops. See her listing in the supplies section as well.

http://konzukshop.com/
Karen Konzuk, British Columbia, jewellery designer, combines concrete with stainless steel.

http://cowboy-zen.com/
Grayson Malone, Kensington, California, artist working in metal infused concretes. Large gallery of images.

http://www.concrete-art.com/
Charles Sthreshley,Virginia artist, makes concrete sculpture and furniture. Extensive how-to sections on using steel armatures. Look for his excellent book 'Creating Concrete Art Furniture.'

http://faducci.com
Cement, steel and mosaic sculpture, bright colours, North San Juan, CA. This work is amazing.

http://www.tjneil.com/
T. J. Neil, both Sr. and Jr., are Floridians who create huge outdoor concrete creatures using armatures and mesh.

http://www.quicksandstudio.com
Martin Webb, coloured concrete wallpieces, San Fransisco area.

http://www.perranch.com/
Contemporary geometric concrete from Sweden.

http://gracielapetroni.blogspot.ca/
Graciela petroni is an architect from Buenos Aires, Argentina, working in concrete and iron furniture.

http://www.theconcretist.com
"An association of independent artists, craftsmen and others who specialize in producing sensory concrete art and architecture." International.

http://modellogoredesignco.com
Gore Design in Arizona. Check the portfolio section for furniture and countertops.

http://www.littleandlewis.com/
Concrete sculpture and paintings for the home and garden. Bainbridge Island, Washington.

http://www.sculptor1.com/
John Wilkinson, figurative sculptor in concrete and gypsum, Stonington, Maine.

http://www.chengdesign.com/
Custom homes, concrete countertops and NeoMix concrete pre-mix and supplies. Author of the book Concrete Countertops.

http://www.oceanstonestudio.com/
Bara Fallows and Richard MacKenzie make concrete garden art, Galiano Island, BC.

http://www.lagniappemosaic.com/
Andree LeBlanc is Florida-based craftsperson making mosaic work.

http://www.ilenedunn.com
Ilene Dunn creates work in concrete and mortar, including tiles.

http://www.theshedstudios.com/
Rachel Reynolds in London, England, shows contemporary garden furniture in concrete.

http://www.buddyrhodes.com/
Buddy Rhodes Studio, San Francisco. Minimal concrete furniture, floor tiles, etc.

http://garden-art.com/
Garden Art Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, has clay, marble and some concrete.

http://www.suedorman.com
Sue Dorman at Loyola Marymount University has worked a lot with concrete in jewelry.

https://www.arcosanti.org/
Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, is built with concrete. They offer workshops where you can help build the community.

http://www.betonskulpturen.ch
Jacqueline Scholten and Hannelore Holz in Switzerland make life-size concrete figures painted with acrylics.

http://www.tjneil.com
T. J. Neil and his son make large sculpture: dragons, elephants, Elvises, using rebar, lath and concrete. In Florida.

http://www.sculptor.org/Sculptors/Concrete.htm
Sculptor.org's lengthy list of sculptors and sculpture. Also some resources.


Concrete Safety

http://www.msds.com/
MSDS Solutions. Search by name or manufacturer.


Suppliers and Manufacturers

http://www.blueconcrete.com/
BlueConcrete sells a wide range of concrete admixtures, colours and pozzolans, including Metakaolin in 50 lb bags. They are in Georgia, USA. Check to make sure of shipping charges and whether they are allowed to ship your order internationally. [2013]

http://www.concretecountertopsupply.com/
Concrete Countertop Supply by Fishtone in Huntley, IL, will ship across North America. They have a wide range of sealers, mix products, glass and PVA fibres, admixtures, pozzolans (40 lb bags), microspheres, glass aggregates and more. [2013]

http://sherriwarnerhunter.com/
Sherri Warner Hunter, Tennessee, author of Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden also sells concrete supplies including polymer additive and glass scrim as well as hard-to-find supplies such as hot wire cuttters for foam, Polyadam concrete systems and colorants.

http://www.colormakerfloors.com
Source for decorative concrete products including overlays, color, sealers etc. They have distributors across North America.

http://www.optipozz.com/
Optipozz is another brand of metakaolin, an anhydrous kaolin clay, recommended as a pozzolan replacement for 8-12% of the Portland cement in concrete. 25 and 50 lb bags are available for shipment -- only within the United States. [2013]

http://www.sculpt.com
The Compleat Sculptor supplies alkali-resistant fibre (chopped and mat), latex additives, pigments and a variety of aggregates. They also carry Winterstone® and rubber moulding compounds. New York, NY.

http://www.euclidchemical.com
In Canada and the USA, supplies all types of additives, fibres, silica fume, materials for concrete.

http://www.tiranti.co.uk/
Alec Tiranti, sculpture supply, United Kingdom.

http://www.ball-consulting-ltd.com/
Ball Consulting Ambridge, PA, USA, supplies alkali-resistant glass fibres and acrylic as cement additives. The site also shows Hiram P. Ball's sculpture.

http://www.fibermesh.com/
Fibermesh makes polypropylene fibre additives for concrete.

http://nycon.com
Nycon makes nylon fibres for reinforcement in concrete – along with glass, steel, PVA fibres.

http://www.cem-fil.com/index.html
Cem-FIL International "promotes and sells alkali resistant glassfibres as a primary reinforcement for cement based matrices." A good information-filled site.

http://foamliteconcrete.com/
Bags of premixed dry cement, pozzolan and EPS (expanded polystyrene beads) for making very lightweight concrete.

http://playboxsand.com/
Playbox sells white marble sand for playboxes and marble gravels.

https://www.master-builders-solutions.basf.com/
Master Builders, Inc. is involved in research and development of construction materials including additives.

http://www.interstar.ca/
Supplier of pigments, acid stains, fibres, sealers, in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico and Brazil.

https://www.daviscolors.com/
Davis Colors: a large selection of iron oxide pigments for concrete art. Suppliers in Canada and the United States.

http://www.smithpaints.com/
Pennsylvania paint products that include concrete specific, alkali resistant, UV resistant, water based paints and dyes.

http://formandbuild.com
Form and Build is an Ontario, Canada, distributor of supplies to the construction industry. (Sells siloxane sealer, sealers, fibres.)

http://specco.com/
Manufacturers of a large selection of admixtures, retardants, accelerators, form releases, and sealers for concrete.

http://www.solomoncolors.com/concreteclrs.htm
SGS Concrete Product Colors has a good colour chart to show the limited palette of pigments available.

http://www.kemiko.com
https://www.concrete-stains.com (Triple-S Chemical)

http://modellodesigns.com
"Decorative masking patterns for artistic concrete effects." Modello Designs sell hundreds of patterns for concrete floor treatements, as well as their own line of dye stains (acid-free). Their web site also has good technical instructions.

https://www.omya.com/fillite
Fillite®: hollow alumino-silicate cenospheres or microspheres derived from fly ash, used for weight reduction.

http://www.engelhard.com/
Engelhard manufactures Metamax, their brand of metakaolin.
http://www.engelhard.com/resources/MetaMax/MetaMax/
An exceptional overview of pozzolans, in particluar metakaolin (Metamax) and how cement works.

http://www.metakaolin.com/
Advanced Cement Technologies, excellent reference articles on metakaolin.

http://www.concretecountertopinstitute.com
The Concrete Countertop Institute sells individual bags (40 lbs) of metakaolin in the U.S.A.

https://www.winterstone.com/
Winterstone is a cement-based product made for sculptors. The site has excellent sections on casting and armature-type processes.

http://www.polyadam.com/
A complete system, combining acrylic polymer additive, portland cement, sand, and glass scrim. Scrim is fibreglas mesh, alkali resistant, which can be used instead of hardware cloth.

http://www.vseal.com
V-Seal manufactures an effective water-based sealer for concrete. Also available in Canada (Toronto) through simon@concreationcanada.com

http://miraclesealants.com/sealers.html
Manufacturers of 511 Porous Plus, a penetrating sealer for concrete and stone that does not change the surface quality. Can be ordered online.

http://www.epoxyproducts.com/vee4u.html
Bio Vee, another concrete sealer that reacts with lime, is available here.

http://www.grtinc.com/products/melchem.cfm
General Resource Technology makes Melchem, a water-soluble, melamine-based, water-reducing admixture (a superplasticizer).

http://www.sculpt.com/catalog_98/moldingaccessories/smoothon/in+out.htm

https://www.smooth-on.com/
Smooth-On products for mold making: such as realease agents and urethane rubber, as well as links to various technical papers, videos and photo galleries showcasing concrete projects.

https://www.polytek.com
Supplier of mold-making equipment, rubber, resin and supplies, in Easton, PA. Online store.

http://www.cementics.com/
Milestone, a hybridized Portland cement, is a specially formulated acrylic admixture for art and sculptural use.

http://www.artstuf.com/
Douglas and Sturgess Art Supplies, San Francisco, CA. Flexible mold materials (silicone), mold release agents, metal powders, glass spheres for lightweight concrete.

http://www.cpd.ca
CPD, Construction Product Distribution Services in Concord, Ontario, supplies concrete-related products.


Other Concrete Issues

http://www.umanitoba.ca/cast_building/
Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology at the University of Manitoba has been doing interesting research into flexible fabric formworks.

http://www.romanconcrete.com/
Romanconcrete.com: concrete from 1,800 years ago.

http://www.geocities.com/flyingconcrete/Other/links.htm
Useful links to concrete sites including sculpture.


If you know of other good sites, or some of these links don't work, please let me know. Email: concrete"AT"andrewgoss.com - replace the "AT" with @.

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