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is a revolutionary design discovery for the DIYer. You can shape it, cast it, paint it, and stain it. The ideas are limitless.

Concrete Thinking ShapeCreteTM is a revolutionary design discovery for the DIYer. You can shape it, cast it, paint it, and stain it. The ideas are limitless. This product should come with a warning that doing more projects may become addictive.

Set in Stone
Set in Stone

Contemporary candle holders with an innovative industrial and natural mix are very simple to create. Your shopping list is spring form pans, vegetable spray, plastic pot saucers, and wood veneer strips. Just mix and pour!

Shopping List Here's How
  1. Spray the inside of the spring form pan, and the outside of the plastic saucer with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Mix batches of 3 cups ShapeCrete to 1 cup water. It takes 3 to 4 batches per pan. (see Mix Consistency below)
  3. Pour the batches into the pan, and as you are about 1 1/2" from the top, insert the plastic saucer in the middle of the spring form pan. The saucer may have to be weighted to keep it from popping up. I used a soup can.
  4. Cover the entire mould with plastic for 24 hours. Release the spring form and pull out the saucer.
  5. Measure and mark where you desire the wood veneer strip to be placed. Cut the veneer to length, and glue into place.
  6. Choose the candle size that suits the holder.


Set in Stone

Set in Stone

Set in Stone

Set in Stone



Casting Call

Be on-trend this season when you serve guests holiday fare on stone-like platters and trays studded with metal accents.

Casting Call


Shopping List

  • ShapeCreteTM 2622-800
  • plastic, ceramic, or foil platter for the mould
  • plastic wrap 4490-866
  • vegetable oil spray
  • mixing pail 1642-155
  • embellishments (optional)
    Shown: flat washers 5/16" 2190-453 studded with thumbtacks 2188-108 (Note: if tacks are too long, cut down the stem)
Here's How
  1. Place plastic wrap over your form (platter) and spray with vegetable oil.
  2. Mix 4 cups of ShapeCrete to 1-1/3 cup water. Put the water in the pail first, and then add one cup of ShapeCrete at a time, stirring after each cup is added. You will need multiple batches depending on the size of your platter. (see Mix Consistency below)
  3. Cover the entire platter with the mixture, ensuring it is at least 1/4" thick. Smooth out the surface with a gloved hand that has been dipped in water.
  4. If desired, embellish the surface.
  5. Wrap the entire project with plastic for 24 hours.
  6. Separate the mould from the ShapeCrete platter.
Note: To serve food on the platter, it must be sealed or painted with a food-safe grade product.

Mix Consistency: Test the consistency of the mix by scooping it up. If it is runny, but not watery, it is a good consistency for casting.
  • If it doesn't run off the stick or through your fingers, add a little bit more water.
  • If it's too wet, add more of the dry mix.