Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A guide to Earthen Plaster

We have made half a dozen earthen plasters with varying ingredients. Below is a guide to a successful mix and application of our plaster.

1) Sift 3 (5 gallon) buckets of soil -- We used an 1/8" screen
2) Mix in water until a smooth (slightly liquid) mix is achieved
3) Sift and mix in 1 1/2 (5 gallon) buckets of sifted horse manure
4) Cook wheat paste
     a) Boil 8 cups of water
     b) mix 4 cups cold water with 3 cups flour
     c) add flour to boiling water and simmer for a few minutes until thickened
5) Add wheat paste to mix and blend thoroughly


Application

1) Wet down wall
2) Apply earthen plaster with hand or trowel
3) (For best results) Listen to Mumford and Sons

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