How To Make Hypertufa | Hypertufa Recipe
Learning how to make Hypertufa projects can be some serious fun! There are an assortment of Hypertufa recipes, but the recipe or instructions I'll be explaining how to mix here is the least complicated. Now some of you at this point may be asking, what is Hypertufa, exactly? Well, in its simplified form, it's a mixture of Portland cement, peat & perlite and water. What can you do with Hypertufa? You can make whatever you can envision. Most folks make garden pots from simple molds. Or you could make sophisticated rocks and stones, ornate garden fountains. You can even build outdoor garden furniture if you have enough time and material! So, let's move on to the recipe for Hypertufa...
1 part Portland cement
1½ part peat
1½ part perlite
You'll find the best way to mix Hypertufa is in a wheelbarrow if you have one available. Or you can also purchase the cheap black tubs available from hardware stores used for mixing mortar and cement. Before starting, wear your dust mask to protect your lungs. Cement and perlite dust are both harmful when inhaled. Mix the dry ingredients in whatever you have available. Once you're done mixing the dry ingredients for the Hypertufa recipe, you can then start slowly adding water to the mix. There is no set amount of water to mix as moisture content present in the dry ingredients will vary considerably from batch to batch. You want a moist, but not soaking wet mixture. Somewhat like wet mortar. Now you should be all set to make your Hypertufa projects. Make sure when you handle the wet Hypertufa, that you wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Don't know where to go from here? For starters, try learning how to make a Hypertufa trough.
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