You understand the fundamentals of mix design and mold making. Now you want to take your creations to the next level with amazing looks that will wow your clients and put more money in your pocket.
These looks have been developed over decades by pioneers such as Buddy Rhodes and Ben Ashby. But you’re not here to imitate, you’re here to learn how to manipulate the mix in ways that create your own signature design. If you understand how to press, vein, marbelize, smooth, spray, embed, color, glaze and more, in addition to creating a sound mix and the mold to put it in, the possibilities are endless.
These looks can be created with various forms of concrete including GFRC and ECC, and in this class you’ll add ECC (Engineered Cementitious Composite) to your repertoire. ECC is a specialized form of concrete that relies on PVA fibers and very fine aggregates to create concrete that has astoundingly high flexural strength and crack resistance. But what really matters is what you can create with it.
In this class, you will learn how to use GFRC and/or ECC to:
– Press a clay-like mix to create fissures and voids
– Create amazing veining with a marbled effect that doesn’t imitate but rivals natural stone
– Hand trowel to create a soft, leathery look and buttery smooth concrete
– Use diamonds to proceed from cream to salt and pepper to exposed aggregate
– Spray concrete to create movement and character with variations in tone and texture
– Use glazes to create subtle tints or dramatic color variation
Tuition: $1995 ($1495 for CCI alumni)
Schedule: Thursday-Friday – June 6-7 in London, ON and June 20-21 in Raleigh, NC
Other classes: This class follows the 1-day 3-D Mold Making class, which we strongly recommend because that class constructs the molds used in this class. The 2-day Advanced Finishes with ECC. class occurs on the prior Monday and Tuesday of the same week. Ready to make the leap? Register for all 5 days of intensive training, save $$$ AND get a complete turnkey business system!
Become a master of manipulating the mix.
Turn your concrete into a work of art.
Take creative concrete, and your business, to its maximum potential.
You must already understand how to use GFRC and how to make molds. We will introduce ECC and discuss technical manipulations of GFRC and ECC mixes to create the consistencies needed for the various looks we are creating.
The primary 3 techniques you will learn are pressing, marbleizing, and hand troweling. You will create 3 class projects. Exposed aggregate, high spray, and glazing will be used in conjunction with the primary techniques on the 3 class projects. The projects will be created in part from the molds made the previous day in the 3-D Molds class, and are likely to include a sink and a furniture piece.
Planning and organization on our part, and prior knowledge of GFRC and mold making on your part. This class covers only the manipulation of the mix to create various looks, and by diving in right away and getting our hands dirty in concrete, we have time to learn and create 3 amazing projects.
Yes! If you drive to class, take home one of the class projects! (We will draw names if we have more drivers than class projects.) We don’t sell our class projects, they become part of YOUR portfolio.
There are a lot of training classes out there, and ideally everyone would attend every class. If you can attend multiple classes, come to CCI first to get a solid foundation. If you have to choose just one, choose the one that gives you a solid technical foundation to build your business on.
1. You will learn fundamental knowledge and a true understanding of not just how, but why.
GFRC is a highly specialized material with decades of research that show it requires certain fundamental ingredients and construction techniques in order to perform as expected. When done right, GFRC is extremely strong, flexible (literally) and durable.
Unfortunately, in the concrete countertop industry there are many cavalier approaches to GFRC that ignore these fundamentals and instead rely on trial and error. CCI approaches GFRC conservatively, preferring to stick with sound, proven principles even if they require a little more work or more polymer or fibers. You will have 100% confidence in your GFRC made with these techniques – after all, those who construct massive building panels have relied on them for decades.
Engineers make things only as complicated as they need to be so that the building or bridge doesn’t fall down. Be certain your GFRC creations won’t fail by relying on sound engineering principles. The laws of physics don’t change, so that’s why our information doesn’t change with the seasons.
2. You will make a sound investment of your money.
There are cheap classes out there. There is only one reason a vendor would offer free/cheap hands-on training, and that is to sell product. We prefer to price our training based on its value, making it a sound investment for professionals interested in long-term good business practices.
There are also expensive classes that emphasize fabric forming. The value of learning the fundamentals of GFRC, of truly understanding not just how but why, is far greater than the value of spending a day and a half sanding a fabric formed mold. Fabric forming is just one tool in your toolbox. It won’t make you successful. Fundamental technical understanding will.
But don’t take our word for it. CCI alumni have proved over and over that CCI training WORKS. As Jeff says, “I don’t need to brag about my own accomplishments, when so many of my alumni all over the world have used CCI training to build a foundation that made them successful.” That’s the real proof that training is worthwhile. See the proof here.
3. Practical considerations of the ease of travel, plus the class experience.
Consider also when choosing a class, the ease of travel to the friendly and fun town of Raleigh, NC. Our shop and the recommended hotel in downtown Raleigh are located an easy 20-minute drive or $40 cab ride from the airport. Experience a fun town with a vibrant downtown scene. In downtown Raleigh there are 90 bars and restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. Click here for more information about accommodations and things to do in Raleigh.
Our London, ON location is also convenient to travel to, with a local airport, and has a wide selection of dining and entertainment options.
This class is offered approximately quarterly in Raleigh, NC and London, ON. The next dates are June 6-7, 2019 in London, ON and June 20-21, 2019 in Raleigh, NC.
$1995 for new students, $1495 for CCI alumni. Click here to register.
Breakfast, hot lunch and all class materials (textbook, mix calculator, videos and more) are included, plus all the benefits listed above.
We have a great hotel deal in the heart of downtown Raleigh for only $87 per night. For dinner, you will enjoy sharing meals, drinks and stories with all the other students at any of the 90 restaurants and bars located within walking distance of the hotel.
Our London, ON hotel is conveniently located only 2 km from the shop and offers an affordable $110 CAD including free hot breakfast, free parking and free wi-fi. Many popular restaurants are located within minutes of the hotel.
Limited to 12 students.
You must already know the basics of GFRC and mold making. You should be a concrete countertop professional interested in expanding your business. This class is not recommended for do-it-yourselfers. Consider the Level 1 self-study course instead.