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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Flower Pot Birdhouse, hypertufa birdbath on: July 29, 2007 08:43:21 AM
Sure!

You can make many different mixes, there is no RIGHT mix, but this is one that I really like

50-50 portland cement and vermiculite.

You can also do a mix that is 1/3 portland, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 vermiculite.

I really like the vermiculite because it adds a nice fawn color, sparkle, and a cool texture.

You could also use perlite.

The bird bath is made with a plastic oil pan that you can get at an automotive store. You spray it with non-stick cooking spray and the add your hypertufa mix, gradually patting it down as you go to avoid air pockets.  I mix my hypertufa in a BIG mixing bowl from the dollar store.

This is an excellent link for projects, recipes, and info about hypertufa:

http://www.the-artistic-garden.com/hypertufa.html
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Gazing Ball, sand cast leaf and Hypertufa Mushrooms on: July 29, 2007 08:37:44 AM
Thank you! Smiley

For the white glue...maybe about 3 tbsps

For the hypertufa...I've found that 50-50 portland and vermiculite makes a nice claylike mix.....I've not been adding the peat moss because I ran out and wasn't able to find a bag that wasn't $10.   I use non-stick cooking spray to treat the "mold'.

I'd be happy to answer any other question you have, just ask! Cheesy
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Flower Pot Birdhouse, hypertufa birdbath on: June 29, 2007 10:15:36 AM
They've looked at it  Grin , but I think maybe my yard has too much excitement....we have a pool and I think they might find the splashing unsettling...the squirrels have looked it over, but I'd like to see one of them get it's fat butt inside it! Cheesy
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Gazing Ball, sand cast leaf and Hypertufa Mushrooms on: June 28, 2007 07:06:48 PM
Thanks, the mushrooms are about the easiest hypertufa thing you can make!

The leaves can be made with hypertufa but you get more vein detail with cement and sand.

Now I want to make some for my wall....inside! Grin
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Flower Pot Birdhouse, hypertufa birdbath on: June 28, 2007 07:04:54 PM
I felt the same way and then I finally did...it's FUN stuff! It probably costs about $25 to get the starting supplies...that is aiming on the high side...it really lasts. I still have half a bag of the portland cement. It is like making mudpies! Grin
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Flower Pot Birdhouse, hypertufa birdbath on: June 28, 2007 01:34:07 PM


I used a terra cotta pot and enlarged the hole. It looks like I chewed it myself, but I used a dremel tool. Then I glued the pot to a board with Gorilla Glue. I painted a floral design, and thought it looked dull so then I outlined it with Sharpie...I like this look much better!



This is a birdbath I made with hypertufa....I filled an oil drip pan with hypertufa and then pressed in a plate that I got at the Dollar Tree...the plate has a very earthy look...perfect for this project. Then I pressed pebbles around the rim.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Gazing Ball, sand cast leaf and Hypertufa Mushrooms on: June 28, 2007 09:53:01 AM
Thanks! I'd love to rig some up in some kind of fountain thing....so that the water can drip down onto graduated sized leaves....so many projects so little time! Grin
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Jellyfish on: June 28, 2007 09:50:24 AM
Wow that is so cute. I am impressed! I wish I thought of that. What is it made out of? Felt? Did you sew on the circles? That sure is cute. It would be fun to make them and hang them from the ceiling!

I was just thinking this! Imagine an ocean bedroom with fish on the walls and these beautiful jellyfish hanging from the ceiling!

I wish I was going to the party...I'd love to win one of those!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My Wedding Dress! on: June 26, 2007 08:36:37 PM
It is incredible! My Mom made my wedding dress, it is pretty scary cutting into all that pricey slippery fabric....I'll bet you were so relieved when you finished! Wink
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Bouquet and Hankerchief charms on: June 26, 2007 08:34:30 PM
My FI and I both wanted to commemorate certain family members that have passed, during our wedding, without being morbid and making everyone sad. So, we're adding a memorium page to our ceremony program, and I've created charms for us both. My father and my Grandfather have passed, and I wanted to have a remembrance of each of them. I got silver charms, found my favourite photos of them, shrunk them down, cut them to fit, glued them into the charms, and covered them with a protective layer of Diamond Glaze. I am going to hang these from my bridal bouquet. A subtle, yet meaningful remembrance for me. For my FI, I did a charm of his late Grandfather, then another of his other Grandma & his Papa, who just passed a few weeks ago. I am attaching these to the hankerchief he will wear in his pocket on our wedding day, then he can have his special people with him, too.

Here is a photo of our charms.


http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/BrettAnderson/bouquetandhankiecharmsoflovedones.jpg


This is such a beautiful idea!
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