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Molds for making hypertufa can be as simple as a sheet of drycleaners film laid over a pile of sand with a depression in it.

You can use almost anything for your diy concrete planters - your imagination is the limit.

Hypertufa Molds...

Here are some ideas for hypertufa planters;

More complicated hypertufa molds for your rustic garden art are built from lumber, or two boxes which fit inside one another.

Plastic planters or buckets can be used. I look in the thrift store or recycle center for plastic bowls; these come in all shapes and sizes, and are easy to use; line with plastic so you can get the pot out once it's done. 

In a similar vein, look for plastic lampshades, or any other container that could be used to make hypertufa molds.

Use what you have, and be creative. Texture can be added by putting sticks, pebbles, straw matting, or crumpled cloth in between the mold and the plastic film.

Use old plastic bowls from the thrift store...

If you can, find and salvage old pots, buckets and old enamel dish pans, hanging planters, even used Ziploc bags to make pinch pots; you don’t need to complicate it.

Drycleaning poly film over earth molds

Warning: do not use anything valuable, or that you are attached to; there have been cases of novice hypertufarists using their valuable expensive Italian cookware as molds, only to find that you can never get the pot out.

Look in the thrift store for an old basket or two; even damaged ones will work fine for this.

I try and find the largest ones I can, because of how much room the thick walls of the mix will take up.

For the pot to be strong enough to stand up on its own, the walls have to be at least 3-4cm (1-2") thick, sometimes more.

Thicker is better, especially for larger sized projects; you can get away with thinner walls on small projects like hypertufa pinch pots.

The simpler ways of making hypertufa are always the best, so think outside the box when looking for molds to use.

Keep in mind that sometimes the mold has to be sacrificed and cut off, if the top of it is smaller than the bottom.

I use baskets this way, and end up with completely unique hypertufa planters – there will never be another one like it as you have to sacrifice the basket to get your creation out.

Rustic Hypertufa Basket - starting to show its age...

Preparing your Hypertufa Mold:

Make sure you spray Pam or other cooking spray all over the inside of your mold, or alternatively, use a layer of very thin plastic film such as dry cleaning bags.

Once your hypertufa mix has been allowed to dry for overnight or even a day or two, carefully turn the mold over and hopefully your creation will slide out.

If you're using an earth or sand mold, leave the piece undisturbed as long as possible before extracting it.

Don’t jar it, as this can crack the still delicate hypertufa. It won’t reach its full strength for a few weeks or longer after it’s cured.

If you’ve used an old basket, be prepared to cut it off with a sharp razor knife, or you can even burn it off with a propane plumber’s torch. Don’t over do it as heat can crack it.

For more commercial type molds, visit Latex Craft Moulds and find out which is my favorite hypertufa mold of all time.

Hypertufa Projects

Hypertufa Pinch Pots

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