Chris Swanson beside his finished work at the Artistry Demos at World of Concrete.
Joe Nasvik Chris Swanson beside his finished work at the Artistry Demos at World of Concrete.

Chris Swanson, his father, and his best friend are Colour partners. Their specialty is intricately designed, very detailed work on diamond polished floors. They engrave patterns using angle grinders with diamond blades or design adhesive stencils that are strong enough to handle bead-blasted profiles into the concrete through open parts in the stencil.

Swanson works out his own designs for their projects. They also formulate an ingredient that can be added to solvent dyes to "push" a color seamlessly from one color to another color at the opposite end of a design element. The does work throughout central California and is known for their intricate designs and great craftsmanship.

After diamond polishing his slab at the demo to 400 grit (starting at 60 grit) he adhered his 34-part stencil to the slab, weeding out the parts that would be bead-blasted. Afterwards he made three passes with a light-duty bead blaster, alternating directions each time.

Then he began the process of dye staining using a small compressed air sprayer, pulling parts of the stencil and adding additional masking for each color-- a tedious process that took most of his time. Burnishing his work with a diamond impregnated strip pad and an application of lithium silicate completed the work.

Swanson designed the stencil for his demo and had it cut on stock heavy enough to handle bead-blasting. Then he adhered the 34 pieces on his 10x10 foot slab.
Swanson designed the stencil for his demo and had it cut on stock heavy enough to handle bead-blasting. Then he adhered the 34 pieces on his 10x10 foot slab.

Using a light-duty bead-blaster Swanson profiles the concrete in three passes, each in a different direction.
Using a light-duty bead-blaster Swanson profiles the concrete in three passes, each in a different direction.

The last step was burnishing in order to provide a high gloss surface. He did this with a burnishing machine using diamond impregnated "strip pads."
The last step was burnishing in order to provide a high gloss surface. He did this with a burnishing machine using diamond impregnated "strip pads."

The finished work.
The finished work.