Friday, February 27, 2015


Our concept, BREATH OF FRESH AIR, has been accepted for the 2015 Designer's Showhouse and we have begun in earnest to prepare the containers, stakes and sculptures that will make up the display on the back patio of the home.  First thing to make are three 6-foot diameter shallow water basins that will serve as a mosaic birdbath, a shallow planter and a fountain base, respectively.  This is a first for us- making hypertufa outside in the winter.  Because of the size of the basins, a sculpted pile of garden soil  serves as our hump mold.
First the dirt is shaped into a shallow mound.
Then a sheet of plastic is placed over the dirt.  This serves as a pattern and keeps the soil from sticking to the surface of the future basin.
Finally we made a huge batch of hypertufa and formed a thick layer, shaping it to the mound.This was covered with another sheet of plastic and will stay there for an indefinite period of time due to the cold. 
When all is said and done, the final basins should look something like this.

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