Dyeing concrete is a fantastic way to create a minimal, industrial look in you home that is still warm and inviting. In this
Things You'll Need
- Cooking oil
- Two plastic Tupperware containers to create the soap dish (one large, one small)
- One plastic Tupperware container to mix the concrete
- White concrete
- Mica powdered dyes (often used in soap making)
- Fine sand paper
- Disposable stirrer
- Latex gloves
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Find two plastic Tupperware containers, one smaller than the other. Pour a small amount on oil into the larger, spreading it evenly over the whole inside surface. Then, use the excess to coat the outer surface of the smaller vessel.
Mix up approximately half the concrete you will need for the soap dish in a similarly sized Tupperware container to help you estimate the proper amount you need. Slowly add water until the concrete has a smooth thick consistency. The concrete should be wet, but hold itself in place as you mix.
Add a small amount of mica powdered dye. You should wear protective latex gloves and cover your clothes to ensure there are no dyeing mishaps. These dyes are very strong and spread quickly. Use a
Mix the dye into the concrete until the color is even. If you want a stronger color add a little more dye to increase the color.
Pour the concrete into the container that we previously covered with oil. Smooth out the concrete and burst any air bubbles that rise to the surface.
Take the smaller container and place on top of the concrete making sure it's in the center of the concrete surface. Leave the concrete to dry overnight.
Mix up the other half of the concrete. This time
Leave to dry for 2 to 3 days. Once the concrete is stable ad firm remove from the large container. Carefully squeeze the smaller container at the sides to detach from the concrete, pulling gently out at the same time. If the concrete begins to crack or looks flaky leave for another night before completing this step.
Sand the edges of the concrete smooth. You may need to sand the top surface also. Once the sides are smooth, your soap dish is ready to use.