Product Information

Product Instructions & Maintenance

Table Tops with Exposed Aggregate

All the concrete we make is cast with a sealer in the mix.  Over time with weather and cleaning it wears of the surface.  You can use a sealer to make cleaning easier.  A Teflon or silicone sealer works well.  Apply at least once or twice a year (more often if you clean it with soap a lot).  Red wine can be dissolved with white wine and then cleaned up with liquid dish soap and water.  With oily stains let the liquid soap sink in a few minutes before rinsing with water and nylon scrub brush.  A knife can be used to pick out any small grains of sand that things can catch on (a terry cloth is a good way to find those spots).  Removing crumbs is easily done with a brush.    The glass can be cleaned with a glass cleaner.  Do not put hard, heavy objects such as flower pots on the table, they may scratch the glass.

Terrazzo Tables and Hi Back Chairs

Unlike the Jessie Table Terrazzo Tables and High Back Chairs are not recommended for outdoor use.  Simply use a mild soap or furniture polish for occasional cleaning.  The terrazzo tops can also be sealed and cleaned using the method above

Bench

Benches are suitable for outdoor use.  The bench comes pre-sealed.  For optimal longevity we recommend sealing the bench once a year depending on weather conditions.  In locations with more rain and snow seal the bench twice a year.  Sealing will also help the concrete resist staining.  We don’t recommend using the bench near a chlorinated pool.  The chlorine from wet bathing suites can leach away some of the concrete and rust the stainless steel hardware over the years.  Consider using different pool chemicals that aren’t as caustic for yourself and your bench.  If you must use it near a chlorinated pool seal the bench once a month.  For other types of pools or by the beach seal it before and after the swimming season.

General cleaning can be done with dish soap and water using a nylon brush for scrubbing.  Red wine stains can be removed by applying white wine to the stain and letting it soak in and the cleaning with soap and water.  Spray Nine and Goof Off are also effective for stubborn stains.  A power washer can also be used for cleaning with or without soap.

Do not put hard, heavy objects such as flower pots on the bench, they may scratch the glass.

Bench Assembly Instructions

Tool required:  15/16” socket wrench.
Parts: (1) Bench seat, (4) Legs, (4) 5/8”x3” Stainless Steel Bolts, (4) 5/8” Stainless Steel Washers.

  1. Place the bench seat in the location you want it.
  2. Straddle the bench and lift one end of the bench with one hand.  This can be done more easily with two people.
  3. Place one leg in position over the threaded hole in the end of the bench.  The bench seat should rest in the mouth of the leg requiring no effort to hold up the bench. The leg should be angled so that it is square with the bench seat.
  4. Make sure the hole in the leg is lined up with the hole in the bench; the leg should be one inch from the corner of the bench.  Seat the mouth of the leg against the edge of the bench so that the mating surfaces are parallel and tight against each other.
  5. Place the bolt and washer through the hole in the leg and thread into the stainless steel insert in the seat, this may take a little finagling.  Snug the bolt up with a wrench but do not tighten completely.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other leg and then do the two legs on the other end.
  7. Align the legs and bench to make sure they’re square and plumb.  Adjust if necessary and then tighten the bolts.
  8. The easiest way to move the assembled bench is for two people to lift it from the front and back, not the ends.  The four tile bench weighs 220 lbs when assembled.

Doors

The Conquistador has a very solid 21/4” inch thick knotty white pine frame that has been sandblasted and hand sanded smooth to raise the grain, creating a very textured and weathered looking surface.  A waterproof polyurethane adhesive is used throughout the construction and the top and bottom of the door is sealed with two coats of marine grade epoxy resin to prevent moisture from wicking up through the end grain. The glass is hand cast with characteristic bubbles and ripples and comes in an assortment of bright colors.  The glass tiles are grouted in place with an epoxy resin that matches the concrete exactly.  The doors come unfinished; a thin finish or sealer is recommended to avoid the look of a new door with a thick, built up finish.  Doors are priced “blank,” without a doorjamb or hardware.

Lamps

Lamps and sconces are unique and individual, being made one at a time using random elements.  The shade is made of small tumbled bricks of hand cast glass in a bright array of colors set in epoxy concrete.  The shades are very tricky to make, many are lost in the process.  These styles of shades are unique to paradoxart.  The base of the lamp is made from concrete and 3/8″ re-bar (steel re-enforcing bar).  The concrete in the stem is stratified with craggy voids exposing the vertical re-bar.  The rest of the base is also concrete, which has a pitted and mottled finish.  The hardware is all brass and American made parts.

Wall Sconce Installation Instructions

NOTE: This sconce should be installed by a qualified electrician
The wall sconce is designed to be hard wired onto a standard wall mounted three inch switch box (also known as a Jem box) with screw holes oriented vertically 3-1/4″ apart. Other types of boxes may require an adapter.  The sconce has two parts 1) the mounting plate with the wires, sockets and hanger Brackets, and 2) the decorative sconce cover which hangs on the mounting plate.

  1. Turn off the electricity to the wall sconce feed from breaker panel or fuse panel.  NOTE: TEST WIRES BEFORE PROCEEDING TO BE SURE THEY ARE NOT LIVE.
  2. Connect sconce wires from the sconce mounting plate to the wires in the wall box according to building code. The black wire on the sconce mounting plate is connected to the hot wire in the box, white to neutral (return) and bare wire to ground.
  3. Attach the mounting plate to the wall box with the hanger brackets pointing up.  If necessary rotate the socket assembly to gain access to the screw holes in the mounting plate, a 9/16″ wrench may be required to loosen the nut.   Check the mounting plate with a level to be sure it is plumb. Adjust the socket assembly so that   it   is  vertical,  tighten   the  nut   if  the  socket   assembly  is  loose.
  4. Screw in bulb(s) (60 watt maximum). DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN
  5. Place the sconce cover over the mounting plate so that the steel rod(s) on the sconce cover slips into the hanger brackets on the mounting plate.
  6. Turn the power back on.

Candle Pillars

The Candle Pillars are robust enough to be left outside all year.  I recommend using a two inch white votive candle in a cup to keep the inside free of wax.

To light the candle either use a long match or barbecue lighter.  You can also light the candle before placing it in the pillar and let it slide in while tilting the pillar a 45 degree angle to prevent it from dropping straight down.

Prisms

Pick a location to hang your prism where there’s plenty of light falling on the face or coming through the back, back lit by a window or outdoors in the sun or with a light back drop.  Indoors a striking effect can be achieved by shining a raking light on the surface creating dramatic shadows on the textured surface.

Using the copper cord on the Hanging Prisms prevents them from spinning.  Hanging Prisms can be hung from the top of a window jamb, a tree branch, an awning or umbrella.  They can also be hung directly on the wall like wall art.  This works best with the lighter colored glass in a well-lit room or with a spot light shining on it.  The Prisms can be left outdoors year round and require no maintenance.

Miscellaneous

All items are hand made and unique; color and texture will vary.  We grant ourselves artistic license when pigmenting the concrete to work with the glass colors chosen.  Hand cast glass and Portland cement vary in color from batch to batch.  We can offer no guaranties as to matching or creating specific colors.  Few items are stocked because of the variety of size and color options.

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