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stepping stone help

Posted by cajunkraut z7 NC (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 21, 05 at 9:13

I am very new at this. I am planning to make hypertufa stepping stones for christmas gifts. I am not sure if I should just buy a premix stone mix form Micheal's or do the tufa. The plan is to use a plastic stepping stone mold add broken dishes for a mosaic look and also inprint a bible verse on the stone. I bought letters typically used in stepping stone kits. I plan to prepare the tufa mix pour into the mold add the dish pieces, let it cure 24 hours and then add the lettering. Will this process work? Do I need to reinforce them? Will the tufa not be strong enough? May be I need to resort to the premix at Micheal's. Any advise will be greatly appreciated!!


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RE: stepping stone help

How big do you want them? How thick? Do they need to be strong enough to step on? Do you actually want a porous tufa look or a smoother cement/concrete surface that you can then inlay?

Plain hypertufa probably will break quite quickly, although some recipes are stronger than others. Plan on casting hypertufa on a concrete base (or a concrete base on a hypertufa face if you are casting face down!) and plan on reinforcing it.


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RE: stepping stone help

If you want strong use a cement mix and if they are the same letters I have you need to press them in when the cement is still wet. Like these are.
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