How Much Liquid Fortifier To Use In Hypertufa & Concrete Recipes

Admixes? Liquid Fortifiers? Acrylic Strengtheners?What Is Their Purpose and How Much To Add To Your Hypertufa and Concrete Recipes I get emails quite often asking me about "liquid fortifiers" and exactly what are they, what do they "do", and how much should be put into a 'tufa or concrete recipe. So, today I'll share what I do know about using … [Read more...]

I Tried Hypertufa But My Project Crumbled Apart!

A Frustrated Hypertufa Trough Maker Seeks Helpful Advice I received an email this week asking me: A friend and I tried one of your basic hypertufa recipes without adding the fiber mesh. Our results are very crumbly. I think we goofed by not using it, right? Where does one find fiber mesh? NewLearner --------------- My reply: Hi … [Read more...]

Where To Find Silica Fume & Poly Fibers

Sometimes These 2 Ingredients are Hard to Get Your Hands On I often get asked by many hypertufa and concrete garden art enthusiasts where to find "silica fume" and "poly fibers", also referred to as "fiber mesh". Depending where you live, it may or may not be very easy to lay your hands on this stuff. … [Read more...]

Concrete Reacts Differently With Various Metals

Be Aware Of How Portland Cement Or Mortar In Your Recipe Will React To Various Metals I received a question from a crafter who had read my post about using hypertufa to skim coat vertical walls. She has a metal shed that she'd like to use the technqiue on and wondered if it would work in her situation. I told her I'd found and saved some … [Read more...]

Hypertufa Rocks For Use In Bonsai Gardens

Sculpting Hypertufa Into Realistic Rocks For Use In Bonsai Landscapes Jim wrote and asked: I am an avid bonsai gardener. How do I make hypertufa into rocks with sharp edges so they will look like small mountains and fit well into my bonsai gardens? Also what recipe would you suggest for these rocks? Jim -------------- My reply: Hi … [Read more...]

Wood Shavings – Is It OK To Use In Hypertufa Recipes?

Though Peat Moss Is An Important Ingredient In A Hypertufa RecipeWill Wood Shavings Prove To BeAn Acceptable Replacement? I received this email from Sandy who asked: Hi: I was so excited to find your site. Years ago I read a small article in a magazine about making hypertufa planters. I am so glad I didn't get around to trying it until now. I … [Read more...]

Hypertufa Trough – I’d Like To Recreate Real Tufa Troughs

Where Can I Find Recipes & InstructionsTo Make An Aged Looking Trough? I received this email from Stephen who asked: Dear Artistic Gardener: This is from Sheffield England. Please could you advise me on the "wooden former", concrete mix, possible wall thickness and dimensions and possible type of chicken wire as strengthener to make a concrete … [Read more...]

Can We Add Fresh Hypertufa To Cured Hypertufa?

Tips When Adding A New Layer Of Wet 'TufaOver A Dried Layer I received an email from Regina who asked: Can we add fresh hypertufa to an existing, partially cured layer that also has a few cracks on the top half? And should we use bonding agent? Thank you, Regina My reply: Hi Regina: Yes you sure can ... it is advisable to dampen the existing … [Read more...]

Can I Speed Up The Cure Time Using Vinegar & Water?

Hypertufa Project TipsIs It Possible To Hasten The Cure Time For Hypertufa?? I received an email from Beth who asked: I am just beginning in learning hypertufa, actually in the process of collecting my ingredients to get started. Anyway I have read a mixture of vinegar and water would speed up the curing process. Any truth to that or is it better … [Read more...]

Making A Water Fountain – Which Recipe Is Best?

Hypertufa or Concrete? Will Peat Moss Be A Good Addition For My Recipe? I received an email from Ya'aneh asking: Hi, i would like to make a water fountain. Large bowl on the bottom, then smaller bowl in the middle and smaller one on top. Could you tell me the recipe for the right concrete to use? I was wondering if a peat moss one would work? … [Read more...]