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Old 10-11-01, 06:36 PM
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I just want to share my experience of some videos that I have found from Australia. They show how to make fantastic artificial rocks. I made them and it is impossible to tell the difference between these and true natural rock. Take a look at their website and see for yourselves. http://www.XXXXXXXXXX.com

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Old 10-16-01, 03:38 PM
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Hi Lisa,

That's a great site. Thank you!

There are free instructions with photos on the Net by searching for hypertufa. That's been my recent project, and it's really been a lot of fun.

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Old 10-21-01, 07:12 PM
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I tried doing a search I only found one site that was also selling something. What site did you go to get the instructions? This looks good.
 
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Old 10-22-01, 02:15 AM
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Hi Marquest,

Here are two sites. There are different recipes. I've been using Rebecca's recipe of 1 part Portland cement, 1 part (sifted) peatmoss and 1 part Perlite. It makes it pretty light weight. If you have any old beanbag chairs, you can use the Perlite pellets from it.

One caution--I learned the hard way--whatever you use for the container you set inside your mold, make sure it doesn't have any ridges or you won't be able to pull it out. Then you have to break your pot to get it out. I'm going to use the pieces tho, by sticking them in the ground and planting in them. Waste not, want not!

I put plastic inside the mold, fill the bottom (don't forget drain holes) then set the inner mold in and stuff the mix down the sides, making sure it's packed tightly. You don't want air holes.

You can also make molds by pushing something in damp sand. Pour in your mix, smooth it off. They can be used for wall hangings. You can also make it deep enough that you can hollow the middle out and use it for a bowl. I did that with a heart. A shell would be pretty. They can be used for birdbaths.

http://www.flash.net/~blhill/pages.a...hypertufa.html
http://www.rebeccasgarden.com/howto/items/98trou01.html

This is the one of the most fun projects I've done in a long time. Enjoy!

There's a neat book--"Creating with Concrete", by Sherri Warner Hunter. I got it through a book club, but it might be available at the larger book stores. There's instructions for birdbaths, sculptures, table bases, etc.

Gami
 
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Old 05-21-06, 08:55 AM
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I just want to share my experience of some videos that I have found from Australia. They show how to make fantastic artificial rocks. I made them and it is impossible to tell the difference between these and true natural rock. Take a look at their website and see for yourselves. http://www.xxxxxxx.com

Good luck
Lisa
Lisa: I cannot find www.xxxxxx.com. How could I get a copy of the video's you mentioned?

thanks
jerry ([email protected])

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Old 05-22-06, 11:09 AM
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Jerry: i'm afraid you won't be getting a response from the original posters, as this thread is 5 years old and they are no longer members of diy.com.

please begin a new thread if you still have a question to ask.

thanks!

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