Made some hypertufa pots--what about you?
Just for fun, I made some hypertufa pots awhile ago and thought I'd share a few pics. It was really very easy, quick and fun. Basically it was a mix of 1:1:1 of portland cement, perlite, and peatmoss mixed together with some water until it was cottage-cheese consistency, and then put in some molds (thank you Goodwill!) and then cured/dried.
Below are just a few pics I took but I thought some folks might be curious or want to see. For some reason the process always sounded more complicated than it was. I really enjoyed doing it. Martha Stewart's magazine suggested using baskets as the outer "mold" so I did that for some of them and the texture is sort of interesting.
I hope you'll take a look and enjoy. I can see why people get addicted to this stuff.
Hypertufa in "molds" hardening (aunty Martha (Stewart) suggested using baskets as the outer molds to add texture to the pots).
Hypertufa recently un-molded, drying overnight before being "cured" or hardened with plenty of water and sealed plastic bags to keep them moist/wet for a few weeks.
A closer view of a textured pot drying for a day before being cured/hardened:
Close view of one low pot with textured sides.
One of several (okay, too many!) pots finally with some plants after the pots hardened and then were left out in the rain and occasional rinse water for several weeks. This pot is very smooth and sort of modern as I made it with smooth plastic bowls.
Another pot with some plants. This pot is deliberately rustic and chunky and has textured edges due to being made in a cheap basket.
If you make them too, please share your techniques, successes and failures. As a backup, I put a link below to the photo album with all the pics in case you have trouble seeing the embedded pics.
Here is a link that might be useful: Link to my hyptertufa pot pics