Oopsie Hypertufa

Many times when I am mixing up Hypertufa I have left overs and I have to hurry and do something with it.

A few times I ended up with some containers I was making that were to shallow its very hard to figure out the right depth without it being to thin on the bottom of the container.

I needed a solution so finally I came up with the idea of turning the shallow planters into candles.

I ordered some soy wax it came with wicks, I already had Citronella and Lemon Grass essential oil and some coconut oil to use for the carrier oil. I had to buy some moreĀ  acrylic metallic paint because I love it lol.

These candles are for outdoor use to deter mosquitoes.

The large copper one has 4 wicks it is for my sister Sheri, the purple one is for our daughter Jeanelle it has 3 wicks and the small one wick one is for us.

I get so much pleasure from making things for other people I truly enjoy doing that. I have a much harder time making stuff for myself.

Oopsies can always be repurposed into something else. I have a few more things in mind for some scraps that I will be sharing soon.

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Hypertufa

Hypertufa is a rock like concrete planter that is much lighter than straight concrete.

Anything from a plastic container, flower pot, stainless steel bowl, plastic bowl, boxes etc can be your molds.

All the supplies are available for about $20.00 – $25.00 and this is plenty to make probably 6 – 8 things depending on the size.

The first batch I tried equal parts of Portland Cement, Peat Moss, and Perlite. I found this to be a bit too crumbly.

Next, I tried 1 1/2 times Portland Cement to 1 part everything else and this seemed to work out better. Let it sit for a few minutes to see if the texture is sort of like oatmeal add more dry ingredients or more water to get it the right consistency.

Spray molds with a nonstick spray and start putting in the mixture molding it to the sides and bottom as you go. It is sort of like a texture type clay mixture.

Place it in the bag for 48 hrs turn the mold over gently to release on a flat surface let dry another 24 hours. Then place in the sun for a week or so. After that soak it in water overnight and then it is ready to plant in.

Notice all the textures that show up in this planter it makes for a very natural looking container that is very lightweight. The Aloe Vera is very happy in it.

I will be making a few more things now that I have the ratio figured out correctly. I want to do a big trough.

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