Kim Bozarth

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I've been told that sphaeralcea ambigua, globemallow, is a great additive to natural finish plasters resulting in a 'custard-like' consistency. I can't find anything using an internet search and wonder if anyone here has done this and can tell me the process.

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Kim
2 years ago
Looked around and it looks great!!
Immediately found something to buy....yahoo!
That's great input, Jay; thank you. I've actually tried this and found that trying to burnish with a smooth stone left indentations in my plaster, I couldn't get it flat for the life of me. Maybe I did it too soon or the stone wasn't the right size? It was a really nice river rock that was smooth and fit perfectly in my hand. Should one use a polished stone instead? Did I press too hard??
4 years ago
Sorry, misread the ratios! This is SOOOOOOOO helpful, Dan. I am going to give it a go and see how it comes out. I very much appreciate the opportunity to pick your brain.

Kim
4 years ago
Thanks so much, Dan! Just want to make sure I have this right...the difference between a finish plaster and an alis is only in the liquid; both content and quantity? I use the diluted powdered milk and add more than I would for making a plaster, right? Also, what about the question of adding mica to a flour paste and applying it on a finished surface instead of adding to the finish plaster/alis? And IF you say I should put it directly into the plaster or alis how much would you recommend? I'm just about to do this to a beautiful vault designed by Kelly Lerner as my "bedwomb" and I want it to be fabulous!
4 years ago
If you like yellow you can use turmeric! A little goes a long way and depending on the clay you start with can give you a really nice color. I've also used cinnamon.
4 years ago
Yes, you can do it for no cost if you're willing to scavenge the materials yourself. A good plaster can be made from clay, sand and a coarser gravel. There are many recipes and lots of add ins but many of those are free as well like cattails or manures. I built myself a straw bale house and have used my site clay and local sand and gravel for most of the plastering. I did use a straw/clay mixture for the scratch coat but if I hadn't had straw I could have done it without it.
4 years ago
I'm REALLY bad at the picture thing but I'll try tomorrow morning to capture it. You can hardly see them if the sun isn't shining on them. R Scott, you can get a pound for about $20 (I saw them on ebay) and that would be more than you'd need as a little goes a very long way.
4 years ago
Wanted to share something I stumbled across that has worked out well. Along the side of the highway near my house (straw bale) I noticed a white pile and, as a professional scrounger I stopped to see what it was. Turns out the highway department had reapplied the reflective beads to the stripes in the road and just dumped the leftovers. I scurried off with a couple of five gallon buckets of the stuff having no idea what I was going to do with it. Later, as I was putting the finishing coat of exterior plaster on the little straw bale vault that is my bed womb, I decided to try embedding some of these reflective micro beads in the wall. After I had it troweled out smooth I simply got my hand moist and with a flat hand transferred the beads from the bucket to the wall. Some fell off but a lot stuck. I troweled over it and got a nice skip effect. It looked kinda cool in fact. The real surprise though is when light hits this east facing wall in the morning. It suddenly becomes resplendent with the sun's rays and is a thing of incredible beauty. I plan to do the same thing on the side of the house that headlights hit when driving up. I was lucky to score all I need for free but looked around and they're called "reflective glass beads" and are readily available from many sources. Fun stuff.
4 years ago
Welcome, Dan!
I'm currently in the process of applying earth plasters in a small straw bale house I've built (with the help of many amazing friends). I want the finish to be truly splendiferous and begging to be touched. Truly going for sparkle-fairy-pony-pretty look in some places. I'm almost to that part and am wondering if it is possible to get something with tactile appeal from an aliz or if I need to actually put on a thin coat of finish plaster. Also, I've seen instructions for putting mica directly ON the finished wall with a flour paste instead of incorporating it into the finish plaster and wonder what you think of that.
4 years ago