SHOW YOUR CONCRETE SOME LOVE.
Concrete behaves much like wood and leather in that it develops patina and character over time through usages. This is part of what makes concrete so beautiful. It is very difficult to destroy it but it will react to your touch. Our concrete sculptures are designed to be handled; waxing is an opportunity for owners to bond with their piece.
Like all natural stones such as granite, marble, soapstone etc. concrete is porous. Parts that are touching liquid will absorb but liquid will not seep through.
If your sculpture is displayed in the elements or being used for food in which case it would be seeing frequent washings, wax it with our Lucky Cat Wax to maintain shine. Continuous contact with food and water will change the appearance of the concrete, some areas will get lighter and some areas will get darker, this is part of the natural aging and patina process. With heavy food usage you are accelerating this process.
FOOD SAFE CONCRETE 1-2-3
- Before use with food hand-wash concrete thoroughly with warm soapy water. You may see some amount of residual colour left over from the polishing process wash off at this time.
- Towel and air dry concrete (2-3 hours air dry).
- Coat bowl in a thin layer of Lucky Cat Wax and let sit for 15 minutes. With a dry cloth buff off wax.
Our wax is a mixture of beeswax, carnauba wax and mineral oil. We also use it as a lip balm, hair pomade/moustache wax and hand salve!
We recommend that heavily used bowls with liquids be waxed once a week or until piece becomes completely saturated with wax.
Food usage and waxing changes the colour of a piece. Waxing is how we get some of the colours that we achieve and on some colours it is the lack of waxing. If you want your sculpture to maintain the exact colour indefinitely we do not recommend food usage.