Posted: 16/06/2013 at 14:35
I'll try and explain this mould, which I purchased c1999 from Wickes. The mould itself consisted of 9 shapes, all moulded together within and part of the outer mould, random shapes, sizes, around the central hexagon. The inside of the upper surfaces of each shape was already beveled (to give the rounded effect) whilst the bottom of the mould was completely open, so once your concrete mix was put inside the frame, which you placed on bare soil, sand etc, then tamped down the mix, the frame can be lifted away, without disturbing your moulds. The mix should be on the stiff side, to allow the shapes to remain. Now you have completed a section of path, with 9 individual shapes. Continue again, turning the mould clockwise, or anti-cw, or by 180 degrees.
refer to top image. Locate the hexagon in the middle of this image, and its surrounding 8 shapes. Now view same hexagon left side of image, which just was rotated 180 degrees. Now that one is just a mirror image so to speak. whichever direction you rotate the mould for the following section, it will always join up to the previous section, no gaps etc.
I did forget to mention in earlier post, but if you lay this mould onto a sheet of plastic sheeting, on a hard surface, then fill with concrete mix, etc, remove and allow these shapes to set, you now have 9 individual pieces of differing shapes, a which will allow you to lay around bends, corners, other the a 90 degree. See second image of my paths joining. You can even remove any shape from anywhere, and replace with some plants, eg thyme, camomile, etc.
My path has been down since c1999 and so it has weathered, hence the colour. You can purchase various colour sand for your concrete mix, ginger, white, etc, from most builders merchants, rather than a ready made up post mix, (this has aggerate as well) which you just add water, rather than just sand and cement.
I think themould was called something like "crazy paving mould" Just been into the attic, to see if I still have mine, and take photo, but unfortunately no, musts have given it away. Still have around 10 spare to fit if I need later. Just remembered to take image to give an idea of size against size 10 flip flop.
Do hope this helps.