Shaping Your Hypertufa With Molds

A hypertufa is an artificial rock that is created using Portland cement, peat moss, and perlite. It resembles a tufa, a naturally occurring rock made from a precipitation of limestone. Like a tufa, a hypertufa is quite light and porous and is usually made for creating gardening adornments.

Anyone can make hypertufas in their own homes, using household materials. Besides the standard ingredients, you will also need a mold that will shape the form of your hypertufa project. The molds are important items in making your hypertufa as the end result is going to be determined by how artistically you managed to utilize your mold. As I pointed out previously, you do not need to buy materials in order to have a mold. You can utilize various items available your home for your project as your mold, just make sure that it is solid hard and tough enough.

The most typical molds that are used for hypertufa are cardboard and wooden boxes, styrofoam ice chests, plastic and metal containers, pots, buckets, and trash cans, which are utilized to make a planter or a trough. Hypertufa planters basically just take up the shape of the container used as a mold therefore the method is just simple.

It’s also possible to utilize other objects to make unique gardening ornaments, all you have to do is be creative with what you employ as a mold. As an example, old inflatable balls can be used to create garden spheres. Huge leaves are also innovative choices for a mold, although building the hypertufa off it can be a more complicated process. Other recommended things are jars, plates, gloves, old lanterns, and so on.

Besides items, you may also set up your own mold from a variety of materials such as polystyrene foam, chicken wire, styrofoam sheets, and wood, to create a distinctively huge hypertufa faux stones. You may also dig an opening on your lawn and use them as a mold to construct hypertufa walking stones.

It is also necessary to always remember to put a releasing agent on your molds. The releasing agent will allow you to take away the mold by the time the hypertufa hardens. This will also make your mold usable again. Plastic and trash bags are the most typical releasing agents. You can even utilize bubble wraps as a releasing agent to add texture to your creation. If your mold is made of plastic, you may also use oil lubricants like cooking oil, engine oil, and Vaseline as releasing agents.