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Get Muddy! Make Earth Art Related Content How to Make Your Own Beer This presentation from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash., explains how to get started wi... Be Here Now Environmental journalist Simran Sethi spends her first night in her new home and reflects on the str... Our Time is Now This is that time of year when all sorts of things converge for me, personally and professionally. Mud is a perfect material for art and architecture; it’s durable, beautiful and easy to work with. Living Walls Earthen plasters add life to a building. Earth is easy to sculpt, and sculpture need not be complicated. Designs shown on these pages were made of clay subsoil, sand, fiber and additional binders as needed. Small decorative earthen accents are relatively easy to make. The Many Faces of Mud Just like people, mud varies. A well-finished plaster won’t rub off easily and can be cleaned. Earthen art can be further cemented and stabilized with binders. Local Color The Price of Creativity An Earth Plaster Recipe Workshops

Sustainable Design -™ Upgrade your home’s insulation and air-seal gaps and cracks sooner rather than later. This is one home improvement that will pay for itself relatively quickly and then continue to generate savings for as long as you live in your home. Even if a full upgrade is not in your budget this year, you can tackle several low- or no-cost improvements right now. Here are 10 tips to keep your home comfortable this winter. 1. If you have a sunroom or enclosed porch with a southern exposure, it can collect a great deal of heat. 2. In winter, a surprising amount of cold air can leak into your house around window and door openings, due largely to the fact that the framed (or rough) opening of a window or door is bigger than actual size of the window or door. 3. Baseboard and crown moldings that run along exterior walls are also sources of cold air infiltration. 4. 5. The tiny gaps between window sashes, jambs, headers, and sills and between the sash and the rails all add up. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

How To Plaster Walls: Natural Clay Plaster Finishes Materials Published on November 19th, 2008 | by ziggy November 19th, 2008 by ziggy Earthen plasters provide a beautiful, soft, and an organic finishing touch to your home, whether they be a straw bale house, cob building, wood cabin, or even plain old sheetrock walls. It’s a simple process and a creative one, too: you can let your imagination shine through earthen plaster with its vast sculptability and its variety of application. Read on to learn more about making and applying earthen plasters! How to make clay plaster A natural earth plaster is composed of three main elements, typically sand, clay, and fiber. Sand provides structural strength and makes up the bulk of any earthen plaster mix. Additional additives such as wheat paste help increase durability and stickiness. An earth plaster recipe The ratio of these basic ingredients may differ depending on the quality or type of materials that you choose to use. Applying earthen plaster Earthen plaster can be applied by hand or with a trowel.

Institute of Sustainable Building Natural Building Colloquium Earth Plasters and Aliz CAROLE CREWS A clay slip, known to some as an aliz can be applied to an earth-plastered wall almost like paint is used on other surfaces. The purpose is to seal and beautify the surface, and after it has become soiled or damaged, another coat may easily be applied to renew its fresh look. Traditionally, aliz was applied with a sheepskin in a very thin layer. This was done as a part of spring cleaning after a winter of woodsmoke, often using the skin of a spring lamb which had been killed for food. In Taos, New Mexico, the favorite material was a micaceous pearly-grey clay called tierra blanca found in a cave south of town. The oldest example I've seen of a clay slip not used in pottery was in an Anasazi cave in the Tsankawi ruins. While earthen architecture is common throughout most of the world, the accessibility of cement and cinder-blocks are causing people to devalue their traditional methods. A big lesson was learned at the famous St.

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Finish Earthen Plaster: Part 1: Materials and Recipe Applying finish earthen plaster may be one of the most satisfying parts of building a natural home. Smoothing over rough cob walls with a creamy earthen plaster mix is incredibly satisfying and brings about a truly dramatic transformation. What was once coarse is made buttery and gracefully smooth. Finish earthen plaster recipe First and foremost, it’s important to know what you’ll need for your earthen plaster mix. 3 (5 gallon) buckets of 1/16 inch sifted sand1 bucket of clay1 bucket fresh cow manure (not dried)8 cups wheat wastefluff of 3-4 cattails Preparing your earthen plaster material Unlike cob, which can be made pretty sloppily without much worry, earthen plaster requires a bit more delicacy. Sifted sand For a truly smooth finish, it is important to sift your sand to remove small stones and larger particles. Clay Many builders choose to sieve their clay to remove large particles, but I actually skipped this step. Wheat paste (and how to make it) Cow manure! Cattail fluff

AirDrop House: Sustainable Housing Solution For Flood-hit Areas - Green Diary Conceived by architect Andrew Maynard and his team, the AirDrop House is a sustainable housing solution for flood-hit areas. The tiny houses made from dried sponge-like material could be dropped onto the affected areas by standard military aircrafts. The instant floating abodes expand up to a seven meters diameter from original one-meter diameter as soon as it contacts water. It slowly soaks up water and swells into a self-sustaining temporary house. The floating houses come with embedded seeds that sprout over time to create a green roof – a food-producing covering. Via: Inhabitat

Plaster and Paint Our hearth brown clay paint, wall a lighter (perhaps Lincoln clay) paint. Looking at the photo of the mirror in the previous post my eye is drawn to the texture of the wall behind the mirror. That is clay paint, sometimes called alis. Homemade clay paint. Strawbale building in a nutshell: outer walls-stacked strawbales with roof tied to foundation by steel that runs through the bales. Two slightly different clays. After attending a workshop with Bill and Athena Steen at the Canelo Project, I decided to earthen plaster the drywall. But that's clay paint on the walls. That being said, I will plaster the walls some day as that's the look I wanted from the getgo.I'm not sure when, but the day is getting closer.

New York City Hotels: Pod Hotel Manhattan NYC discount accommodations near Radio City Music Hall Rockefeller Center Times Square Drywall Plaster Notes from Denver | The Canelo Project For those who are interested here are some notes about the plaster we applied to the drywall panels behind the sculpture. The museum mounted the panels for us leaving ¼ inch depth from the surrounding frame. I wanted to do this because we frequently get questions about plastering over drywall or similar surfaces. All to often I watch people run out and buy what I would consider to be excessively expensive pre-mixed clay plaster products when it is so simple to replicate those mixes at a fraction of the price. The Mix – It was pretty simple – 1 part C Red clay from Laguna Clay, 2 parts 60 grit silica sand, ½ part chopped straw that was screened using 1/8 inch hardware cloth. Laguna is one of the biggest suppliers of ceramic supplies. I don’t remember exactly what the square footage of the wall panels was that we did in the museum, but my memory says something around 300 sf. The only thing I can’t tell you about the mix above is the amount of water, I simply don’t remember. Dry base coat.

Eco Friendly Homes - Earth Mud Recipe - Give Life to Your Walls If it simply isn't feasible to build an adobe house, why not cover your walls in mud? No joke, it's possible, and is a great opportunity to unleash your creativity and artistic skills. Mud covered walls, or rather, earthen plaster, is an earth-friendly and inventive way to bring life to plain, whitewashed walls. No wonder they are also called living walls! Helping to shape spaces with light, shadows and texture, earthen walls certainly bring life to a room. Creating an earthen wall or room is actually quite simple. A standard earthen plaster recipe is this: One part clay soil Three to four parts sand One-half part fine fiber Enough water to make the plaster into a consistency slightly wetter than peanut butter. If you would like to add colored earth pigments, you can do so in the mix or can later paint it over the wall. For making earthen art, add lime putty or wheat paste to help bind the plaster even more. Ready to get dirty! Author: Ryan, the Hawaiian Lion