A hypertufa is a synthetic rock made with different materials that is bonded together using Portland cement. A hypertufa is inspired by tufa, a really porous rock that consists of calcium carbonate brought about by springs rich in lime. A hypertufa appears just like a natural tufa, although it is commonly molded in such a way so that it can be used as a gardening ornament like troughs and pots. And because a hypertufa is porous, it is well suited for plant development.
It isn’t that hard to create your own hypertufa, you just need to refer to the instructions carefully to get it correct. The fundamental formula is that it is one part cement for every 3 parts aggregate. The other ingredients apart from Portland cement is peat moss, and perlite. You can mix a vermiculite instead of a perlite to add a little bit more weight and luster to your hypertufa project. Moreover, it’s also possible to include sand and nylon fiber mesh to the mix if you want to strengthen what you are making.
Additionally, you will need a mold for your project which can vary from boxes, styrofoams. pots, buckets, basically most solid hard objects will do. The number of choices for your mold are endless, all you have to do is use your creativity. Furthermore, there is a likelihood that you may ruin that mold if you make a mistake in creating your hypertufa so ensure that you are willing to risk that thing. Prepare your wooden and metal mold by covering them with plastic or garbage bag; for plastic ones, you have 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 commence mixing the dry ingredients with water, but with only little at a time as you do not want it to be flooded, making it hard to mold. Also. don’t forget to wear a mask and heavy duty rubber gloves for your safety. After you have attained a consistency that can be molded, you may commence filling your mold with the material 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, protect it with plastic and let it sit for 24-36 hours. Once it is already hard enough, you may take away the mold very carefully from the hypertufa. After that put back the plastic, and mist it occasionally with water. In about three weeks or so, your hypertufa project is now ready to use.