In this tutorial, I’ll guide you through a simple yet effective technique to make a straight and level cut to a cylinder shaped mold for making concrete candles.
And achieving a perfectly straight and level cut is a game-changer when crafting cylindrical molds.
Importance Of A Straight Cut On A Cylinder
A straight cut is more than just a finishing touch; it’s the key to crafting level and flawless concrete pieces. A misaligned cut can lead to uneven edges, leaks, and cracks. To avoid these pitfalls, let’s dive into a straightforward solution.
Materials For A Homemade Straightedge For Concrete Cylinder Molds
- aluminum flashing at least 14″ long x 2″ wide. This comes in rolls at home improvement stores if you can’t find a piece longer than 14″.
- Blue tape
- Utility knife
Steps For Making A Straight Edge For Cylindrical Concrete Molds
Step 1. Trim The Flashing To Size
First, cut the aluminum flashing to a size of 2” x 14”.
The factory edge is always a true straight cut edge, so it’s important to distinguish it. So mark the uncut edge (factory cut edge) to distinguish it from the other side.
Now run a strip of blue tape along the non-factory cut edge, ensuring overlap on both ends.
Tip: This homemade straightedge can be reused 15-20 times before needing a replacement.
Step 2: Cut the Cylinder with the Straightedge
Measure and mark the desired height on the cylinder (e.g., 3″). This number will come from the concrete candle tutorial you are following.
Place the tube on your table and with a ruler, measure from the table up the cylinder and mark it at 3″. Now measure this in three more locations around the tube and mark them.
Wrap the straightedge around the tube, aligning it with the marks. Then secure the straightedge in place with the tape.
Next, use a utility knife with a fresh blade, keeping it straight against the flashing’s factory edge.
Take care to cover the section of the tube that will be your mold to prevent the blade from accidentally slipping and cutting your good side.
Note: For instance, you’ll notice in the photo that the top edge of my straightedge is above the piece I’m using for the mold.
If my blade moves off of the straight edge, any accidental cut will be on the portion of the piece I’m not using.
Good luck! Feel free to ask me any questions below in the comments, and check the concrete crafts tips page for all the informational resources.
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