Hypertufa, the Look of Carved Stone: Has anybody moved pots same day they were made?

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Hypertufa, the Look of Carved Stone

By goldfinch4
March 26, 2010

Do you like the looks of carved stone planters? Then hypertufa is for you. Here is my recipe and instructions on how to make your own unique trough, bowl, or box.

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critterologist
Jun 21, 2012 2:46 PM CST
We're having a "hyperfuta party" at my place Saturday. Some folks are coming from a distance away, so they'd really like to take their projects home with them to unmold and cure.

As long as we bag things as soon as they're done (so they don't start drying out), is there any reason they can't be moved a few hours later to go home? When people get home, should they do anything to their piece other than moving it to a safe corner in its bag? I'm wondering if we need to mist the surfaces of the pieces when we get them home and pat it firmly all over to moosh together any cracks trying to form.

As I just over-thinking this? LOL I really want everybody's pots to succeed, and none of us have done this before!
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goldfinch4
Jun 22, 2012 12:38 AM CST
I guess it would depend on what you use for a form or mold. If you use something that isn't flexible (hard plastic, metal, etc.) it should be OK to move them, but I'd still be concerned about large bumps in the road. The size would also factor into it. The smaller they are, the better they will travel. Hypertufa starts to set up pretty quickly. If cracks form from moving them several hours after you make them, I think the pots would always be weak in that area and prone to break. I don't think you'd be able to moosh them back together well enough if they broke - they might look OK, but the strength would be compromised. The pieces really are pretty fragile until they set up all the way. Even after 24 hours when you remove them from the mold they break easily.

Assuming you're using rigid forms/molds, what I would do is have everyone bring a heavy cardboard box lined with a bunch of old towels or rags and place the pots in there for transporting. That would help a bit to absorb any bumps in the road.

Good luck Jill - sounds like a fun day!!
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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Jun 23, 2012 7:41 AM CST
Thanks! We'll stick with smaller pieces, molded to the inside of bowls & containers, nestled in sand when we can. I told everybody to bring newspapers, grocery bags, etc. to crumple up for cushioning.
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goldfinch4
Jun 23, 2012 8:05 AM CST
Thumbs up Have a really great time and be sure to share some pictures too!
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valleylynn
Jun 23, 2012 8:22 AM CST
Jill, be sure to take lots of photos. We want to share in the fun. Hurray! Hurray!
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critterologist
Jun 23, 2012 9:52 AM CST
You bet! Thanks!!

Sure wish you could join us... we could use some expert hands on deck! :-)
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