Monday, April 20, 2009

How To Make Hypertufa | Hypertufa Recipe

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...


Hypertufa Recipe

1 part Portland cement
1½ part peat
1½ part perlite
Dust Mask
Rubber Gloves

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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Stella on June 14, 2009 at 12:49 PM said...

I followed the recipe but for whatever reason the pot crumbled when I tried to extract it from the form. I left the second one for another week and it did the same thing. Any suggestions as to what I did wrong?????
I have a whole whack of ideas as to what to make but can not continue until I figure out what I did wrong.

How To on June 15, 2009 at 11:33 AM said...

It sounds like your mix may be too wet or maybe you're moving the pot too early. An excellent resource to find out more about making hypertufa is this hypertufa forum:


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