Gardening Tips

Hypertufa Times

"Living out our childhood fantasies"

 

March 2007

Making Faux Stone

Recipes

Gray or Black

1 part Portland cement

1 part peat moss

1 part vermiculite

Add black tint for dark gray or black.

White

1 part perlite

1 part vermiculite

1 part white Portland cement

Red, Tan, Brown

Same recipe as white.

Add color tint to taste.

Tools
Accessories
  • Dust mask
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Safety glasses
Tools
  • Mixing container
  • Mixing tool
  • Wide putty knife
  • Plastic bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Plywood or wood platters
  • Rasp or wood file
  • Wire brush
  • Awl
  • Masonry drill bit
Forms

Found forms

  • Bowls
  • Pots and pans
  • Terra cotta or plastic pots
  • Pie plates

Home made forms

  • Boxes, etc
  • Blanks, etc
Ingredients
  • Peat moss or perlite
  • Vermiculite or sand
  • Portland cement
  • Water
  • Tints
Techniques
Casting and Forming
  • Packing mud
Curing
  • Form release
  • Waiting
  • The cure
Tooling
  • Finishing
  • Texturing/Brushing
  • Etching
  • Fixing your mistakes
Clean-up
  • Call Martha

A Cautionary Note:

The dusts of all these ingredients are dangerous to inhale. Portland cement is particularly nasty to inhale and will also burn skin. Please use proper precautions when making hypertufo pots.

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