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Anna D.
« 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.
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DancingBoots
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007 03:43:53 PM »

Very creative!
I have been wanting to try hypertufa for years... but just never do!
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Anna D.
« Reply #2 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
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jenna rose
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007 07:11:08 PM »

I really like that birdhouse idea.

Have you noticed any birds checking it out yet?
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Anna D.
« Reply #4 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
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2007 11:03:29 AM »

Ooh..hypertufa. I, too, have always wanted to do it. Yours looks great.And what a unique birdhouse!
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YLHeidi
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2007 06:46:15 AM »

You mentioned supplies for hypertufa - can you elaborate more one this? I have always wanted to try it! Your birdbath turned out great!
Thanks!
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Anna D.
« Reply #7 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
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YLHeidi
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2007 01:49:10 PM »

Thanks for the great info and helpful link - I look forward to making some new garden art in the next couple of weeks!!
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