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Hypertufa and Concrete: Making a rock planter

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
10:58 PM

Post #4651862

Started out with a mold and wire screen

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
10:59 PM

Post #4651869

Formed the wire over the mold

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:00 PM

Post #4651876

Covered the mold with plastic

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:01 PM

Post #4651880

Outside mold and newspaper

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:03 PM

Post #4651883

Screening the peat moss to remove sticks

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:08 PM

Post #4651893

assembling the materials
Mixing pan, fibers, concrete additive, Portland, Vermiculite, Peat, gloves, measuring cup and color dyes.

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docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2008
11:09 PM

Post #4651894

Rump Bump show us more. You have a great body form for the art craft you are showing. Your pix are very well done. Thanks.
TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:11 PM

Post #4651900

Mixing the solution
One cup concrete additive purchased at Lowe's, and hand full fibers to gallon of water.
The fibers can be obtained at a local concrete distributor.

This message was edited Mar 15, 2008 3:49 PM

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:14 PM

Post #4651910

Mixing the recipe. I used portland, shreded paper and peat moss. one part each.

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:17 PM

Post #4651917

Placed the pot form inside the outer form.
Started packing twisted newspaper around the sides.
Keep at least two inches for cement.

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:19 PM

Post #4651929

Cement added to cover the entire pot and formed inside newspaper

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:22 PM

Post #4651939

Form inverted and dumped on a piece of foam.

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:25 PM

Post #4651954

Newspaper removed and still resting on foam pillow.
Will now turn over and start decorating it to look like a rock.
When finished you can use it as a rock or a pot.

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2008
11:32 PM

Post #4651974

Adding color

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2008
3:02 PM

Post #4658452

The color is added by way of a cement slurry. Straight cement with dye and water added and splashed on with a brush. Color brown added.

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2008
3:04 PM

Post #4658458

Color Buff added

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Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 14, 2008
6:25 PM

Post #4663598

This is great, I've been away from here for awhile. I don't if I'm supposed to post on here or not. But I love that you are showing how to make this from the very beginning. Thank you.. I may try this.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2008
6:31 PM

Post #4663618

I really like the earth tones peeping through. Patiently waiting for the finish shots.
TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2008
9:30 PM

Post #4664344

Charcoal color added

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2008
9:34 PM

Post #4664357

Red color added. Next step is wire brush until the other colors blend thrugh. Hope it works for all the time spent on it.

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jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

March 14, 2008
11:52 PM

Post #4664835

Wow! Theres nothing Ted cant do!
1AnjL
(AnjL) Fremont, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 15, 2008
5:34 AM

Post #4666313

oooh! OOOH! hurry up with that wire brush step... I cant wait to see the results! This is way too cool! Thanks for sharing!
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 15, 2008
6:03 PM

Post #4667613

Great job Ted.
;)
TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2008
6:23 PM

Post #4667659

Thanks. Wire brushed it today

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TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2008
6:27 PM

Post #4667672

Now I turned it over it changed from a rock to a pot. Next one I will reverse the last two colors so the indents will be black while the red will show through when brushing.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 15, 2008
7:19 PM

Post #4667810

Ted, wonderful job on the instruction step by step. Could you please share a little more information on the 'fibers' that you use, so for those of us that are seriously consider this project will know to go about making our own?
Many thanks.
Kim
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

March 15, 2008
8:52 PM

Post #4668116

Ted, that came out great. It looks like a volcanic rock.. I bet some of those would make a great fountain.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2008
10:14 PM

Post #4668372

Ted...I really appreciate your offering of your talents. That is one very nice job you just shared. I'm still backed up on a major patio happening but by crackies I shall try to mimic your project sometime later this summer. You licked one problem by leaving the pot in place. No need to wait. You can plant right away if you wish.

If the pot were removed and curing time as well as the cement chemistry getting settled down were an issue what else would you do?

TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2008
11:40 PM

Post #4668612

I have it so you can remove it come cold weather to bring into the plant room.
Also you can insert it for a brace if used as a rock for support.

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docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

March 16, 2008
2:32 AM

Post #4669132

My two cents...This seems better in all respects than planting directly in the created cement. Thanks again.
TARogers5
Kingston, OK
(Zone 7a)

March 17, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #4672624

My Rock LOL

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 17, 2008
8:23 AM

Post #4673566

Very pretty Ted.
;)

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