Polished Concrete Bench-top

Been experimenting with embedding glass in concrete to enhance the finish of polished concrete. After the first couple of trials we weren’t happy with results, seemed to haphazard and lacked purpose. So we began to experiment with ways to control were the glass went. Was going to try stenciling but dredged up an old favorite technique using a pendulum and PVA glue. Glass was then sprinkled over the wet glue and concrete poured over that whilst the glue was still wet. Waiting to see results of first test polish.

The glue is laid down awaiting glass

After glass has been applied and boxing ready for concrete


Testing was less than successful. After the first pass with the grinder the glass is all but gone. Back to the drawing board. Some combination of pendulum, and glue and ???? in order to “push” the glass deeper into the concrete 5=6mm. We’ll see.


4 comments on “Polished Concrete Bench-top

  1. hey, when did these happen?, less than successful?, they look great. Im picturing some nice Frank loyd Wright styled structure popping up in a paddock somewhere near you. I wonder if you could seal them or even glaize them for tiles, or just leave them how they are.

    • So far, none have worked to my liking. Trying for a very specific look. I was wondering what to do with the trials(always good to keep for something down the track) glazing gives me an idea for something. Noisy pretty dangerous so it should be fun even if it doesn’t work. Will post an update soon.

  2. You could use glass rods – they will bend with a torch – the problem there becomes letting them cool slow enough not to crack. That might make an interesting effect if you then coat it with something, just a thought.

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