Hypertufa How To

Hypertufa Video

February 18th, 2008 by Seb Brown

Here is a quick video showing you how to create a Hypertufa trough. They use the same basic Hypertufa Recipe I posted previously.

For more information on creating Hypertufa troughs and other objects I highly recommend the The Hypertufa How To Manual by Claudia Brownlie.

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Hypertufa Recipe

February 12th, 2008 by Seb Brown

There are quite a number of varying Hypertufa recipes you can make. The particular Hypertufa recipe you use will depend on what result you are trying to achieve. A basic Hypertufa recipe will generally contain varying amounts of peat, Portland cement, perlite or vermiculite, sand and water. The following is a good basic Hypertufa recipe:

  • 1 part pre-mixed Portland cement/sand mix
  • 1 part peat
  • 1 part perlite or vermiculite
  • water (amount will vary depending on how dry the peat is)

You can vary the Hypertufa recipe depending on how heavy/strong you want your creation to be or if you want to carve it. You can also add cement colorants to the mix to give a more realistic rock color.

To get more comprehensive information on different Hypertufa recipes for different applications I recommend The Hypertufa How To Manual by Claudia Brownlie.

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What is Hypertufa?

February 9th, 2008 by Seb Brown

So what is Hypertufa?

Well, Hypertufa is an artificial stone used for making, amongst other things, garden ornaments, pots and troughs. It is made from various aggregates and bonded together with Portland cement. It’s used as a alternative to natural tufa, which is a slowly precipitated limestone rock.

A Hypertufa pot is very porous which makes it good for plant growth. It is also fairly light in comparison to other pots made from terra cotta or concrete and can cope with low temperatures down to -30C.

I hope that gives you a quick overview of Hypertufa. You can find further information about Hypertufa on this site. Also I highly recommend The Hypertufa How To Manual by Claudia F. Brownlie.

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