My fist hypertuffa attempts

foxglove44(z 5 Mad. WI)August 25, 2005

I finally did it. Boy it's fun playing in the "mud"! LOL

I wanted to do a sphere, but I decided to start out w/ molds. I am making a fish border for my Northwoods Garden (we used to live in Seattle and want to recreate some of that feel). I found the molds at GW. One of the tails broke off, but other then that all went well.

I went on to make a leaf casting. I still have to smooth off the edges. I used an elephant ear leaf. I like how it turned out!

And then I made a trough and planter... however.. I forgot to put in drainage holes! SHOOT!

Betsy

Here is a link that might be useful: My first hypertuffa

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Snomam(Zone 3)

Looks great! Now why didn't I think of using jello molds?! I'll be looking at yard sales for them. Here's my second attempt (the first one crumbled, old cement and lack of patience LOL). It's not dry yet. Betsy, what mixture are you using? I like the texture! Mine is one part cement, 1-1/2 parts each peat and vermiculite.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 12:16PM
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Blooming_Stone(z6b NS Cnd)

I use a 1/2 inch spade bit to drill the holes in my pots. It's a wood bit, but has lasted quite a while (unlike my cheap little saw. The points are all gone.)
Mercedes

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 1:16PM
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foxglove44(z 5 Mad. WI)

For the molds and the leaf casting I used 1-1 ration of portland, sand, vermiculite and water.
For the trough and planter I used. 1-1 ration of portland, sand,perolite and peat.
I'm not sure if the trough is going to hold up. It seems awfully crumbly
Betsy

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 2:33PM
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Snomam(Zone 3)

Mercedes, how long after your pots were finished did you drill the holes?

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 3:14PM
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foxglove44(z 5 Mad. WI)

I drilled the holes to day. It worked perfectly! Thank you so much. Kim... I started the project on Monday.
Betsy

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 7:55PM
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scooterbug(7)

Betsy, Love your pics. You sure look like a very happy tufaneer .

Good Job !

Shirley (((*-*)))

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 9:49PM
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