Hypertufa How To

Strong Hypertufa Recipe

March 4th, 2008 by Seb Brown

This recipe is stronger than the basic hypertufa recipe I wrote about previously. It is good for making hypertufa troughs as they need to be made quite strong. The ingredients are:

  • 2 Parts Portland Cement
  • 3 Parts Sifted Peat Moss
  • 3 Parts Perlite
  • Synthetic Concrete Reinforcing Fibres (about a hand full for a hypertufa trough)
  • Water

Just a just a quick note to remind you that Portland cement is NOT concrete. Portland cement is an ingredient of concrete. Be sure to pick up the correct sack, they are heavy!

You should be able to get most of the ingredients in your local hardware store. The reinforcing fibres might be a little more tricky to get hold of but they should be available in your local masonry supply store.

Mix your ingredients well in a wheelbarrow before you add the water. When you add the water, do it slowly so you don’t make the mixture sloppy. You should be able to grab a handful of the mixture and mould it into a ball and it should hold together. The amount of water you need to add will depend on how dry the peat moss is to begin with.

To get more information on different Hypertufa recipes for different applications I recommend 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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