Hypertufa, the Look of Carved Stone: A real novice here...but...

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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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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Mar 27, 2010 7:29 PM CST
I really want to make a 'head' planter... Is it possible to make a 'bowl' and then 'carve' out the facial features? or is it better to 'make' a mold or create one with a mask or something?
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goldfinch4
Mar 28, 2010 4:18 AM CST
Hi Carol,

Yes, carving in cement is possible. You would want to use a different recipe for that though - no peat or perlite, more and finer sand. You'd probably want to start with more of a columnar shape rather than a bowl shape. It needs to be carved when quite wet yet - after only a few hours. I've never done carving myself but have seen lots of beautiful work.

You could also use a mask as a mold. Just be sure to put plenty of Pam on it so the cement releases.

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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Mar 28, 2010 11:28 AM CST
Thanks, Chris...will try!
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