Design and personalize hypertufa with a Dremel!
Try using a Dremel tool to apply a design on hypertufa planters opens up so many wonderful possibilities to personalize these planters. It’s easy and simple
I have tried this on some of my newest hypertufa and I am really liking the outcome. I can imagine so many possibilities using this Dremel tool.
First of all, this Dremel is an older one we’ve had for years. My husband picked it up at a garage sale and it seems he got a really good deal. It is electric, and came with a lot of bits or attachments. I am not sure what those tips are called. It also came with a long flexible shaft thing that you can attach so that you have a little more freedom of movement with the “style” you want to carve or cut. I am using it to carve my hypertufa planter.
I guess the first thing I should advise ( as if you couldn’t tell that already) is that I am NOT artistic. I can hardly draw a recognizable stick figure of a human being! But I used a leaf from my lilac bush as a reference, and compared to a basic first grader, it is somewhat recognizable as a leaf!
I also tried the initials THG, for The Hypertufa Gardener. I have been trying to work out a logo or monogram design for the website and I cannot seem to come up with anything that grabs me yet. I used a “wrinkle” that occurred on this planter to make the “T” and so we have something like a logo. But 25 years from now, it will look quaint and historic, right?
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I can see many possibilities using the Dremel tool.
I can use a stencil to make designs. Also I may try to make a repetitive leaf all around? I can personalize the planter for a gift, either with someone’s name or the name of the plant I am using? Or name the herbs planted? I would hope that I may be able, in my crude manner, to even carve a representation of a sempervivum on the side of a planter.
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I am carving these on newer “green” hypertufa, so the texture is still somewhat soft and almost clay-like. But if I understand the uses of these bits for carving, they can be used on stone, glass, and many other hard surfaces. I don’t see any reason why I cannot take some of my older pieces and “pimp” them out a little!
Have you tried this on anything? Any more ideas for me? Let me know what you think. Comment or show me some of your work over on the Facebook Page.