A hypertufa is an anthropic rock made with various components that is bonded together using Portland cement. A hypertufa is inspired by tufa, a very porous rock that is made up of calcium carbonate brought about by springs abundant in lime. A hypertufa appears just like a natural tufa, although it is commonly cast in such a way so that it can be used as a gardening adornment like troughs and pots. And since a hypertufa is porous, it is ideal for plant development.
It isn’t very difficult to make your own hypertufa, you only need to follow the instructions attentively to get it right. The basic formula is that it is one part cement for every 3 parts aggregate. The other ingredients in addition to Portland cement is peat moss, and perlite. You can mix a vermiculite rather than a perlite to provide a little bit more weight and sparkle to your hypertufa project. In addition, you can even include sand and nylon fiber mesh to the mix if you want to reinforce what you are building.
You will also need a mold for your project which can range from boxes, pots, buckets, styrofoams, basically most solid hard items will do. The choices for your mold are limitless, all you have to do is use your imagination. Additionally, there’s a possibility that you may damage that mold if you make a mistake in creating your hypertufa so ensure that you are willing to endanger that thing. Prepare your wooden and metal mold by lining them with plastic or garbage bag; for plastic ones, you need to apply oil lubricants to the mold. This is important since it will enable you to release your hypertufa from the mold.
After you have prepared the materials for your hypertufa, you may start mixing the dry ingredients with water, but with only little at a time as you do not want it to be flooded, rendering it hard to mold. Additionally. don’t forget to put on a mask and durable rubber gloves for your safety. After you have gained a consistency that can be cast, you may commence filling your mold with the stuff that you mixed. You could put the mix inside or outside of the mold, depending on how you would like your hypertufa to look like.
To cure your mixture, cover it with plastic and let it sit for 24-36 hours. When it is already hard enough, you may remove the mold cautiously from the hypertufa. After that put back the plastic, and mist it from time to time with water. In around three weeks or so, your hypertufa project is now ready to use.