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DIY - Creative Carving

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Creative carving is a great economical way for the DIY enthusiast with an artistic flare to try their hand at something new. This system is widely used in the USA for interior and exterior applications including driveways, patios, kitchen floors, outside BBQ areas and walls. Some truly beautiful designs can created using the very quick and simple 6 step process demonstrated below. All you need is a carving tool, mixing drill, a trowel and a little bit of elbow grease!

  • 1. Mix your Stencil-Tech colour surface hardener material with the supplied activator to a runny consistency. Pour the material down onto a clean, dry surface.
  • 2. Trowel randomly to an even depth of approximately 4-5mm
  • 3. Allow to dry for approximately 4-6 hours until it will take your weight without damaging the surface. Now it's time to start carving!
  • 4. Depending on the design required, begin to carve large, random shapes. There are no rules, it's down to your personal preference.
  • 5. Now begin to carve smaller shapes into your large cuts for a more realistic look. In this particular design, we've gone for a random stone finish.
  • 6. Add any extra details where nessesary. Smaller stones are easy to colour in with Stencil-Tech acrylic stain to make your project look more natural.
  • 7. Shade in any edges or corners of your stone with a cloth or sponge using Stencil-Tech acrylic stains.
  • 8. Clean up the area and apply Stencil-Tech sealer to finish.
  • 9. Other finish options are endless. For example, you can apply a grout as depicted in the photo at the top of this page. Other options include wood finishes and tile finishes just to name a few.
  • 10. Good luck and have fun!

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