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#10020 THE LIME & CLAY RESOURCE GUIDE on CD $10.


This CD is a compilation of hundreds of resources about using lime in all its aspects-Plasters, mortars, washes, lime stabilized floors, soils, plus garden and farm use. There are thousands of pages of information from building with lime as a mortar, to tilling to dry up and stabilize clay soils to prevent muddy paths, to the finest wall plasters made with marble dust and mica (including Moroccan Tadelakt, Italian Sgrafitto and oil/soap enhanced plasters, and much more hard to find data.)

Complete reports, booklets, and lengthy lime use articles are included. This is a full Library of lime information not found anywhere else in the world. It has also been called a "waterfall" of resources by natural builders.

Information on using lime creatively and safely is scattered all over the internet,  but hydrated  lime is misunderstood and the best knowledge over the centuries has been lost, and ignored until the last few decades. But lime is the perfect plaster for natural walls of clay, earth, or straw, and should be used wherever possible.

Unusual and "mysterious" plasters such as Moroccan Tadelakt which adds black soap, and Quadad lime, and Italian waterproof plasters are explained too.

This CD also has anecdotal recipes, formulas, write-ups from green builders on how they have plastered their straw bale and earthen homes, plus links to products and tools. There is a real resurgence to using natural lime on natural walls, and lime plasters can reform ordinary drywall walls too.


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#10020- LIME & CLAY ONLINE GUIDE $10.

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Colored pigments were mixed onto a trowel and spread over a fresh lime plaster on this straw bale wall.  A salt shaker with enlarged holes was also used to  shake pigments onto the lime before troweling.    You can purchase small sacks or jars of  pigment but be sure they are lime soluable. Otherwise the pigments will not mix, and will remain as 'pepper specks' in the mix.  Pigments are often mixed with tepid water first, then added to the lime putty before application.    Pigments can be expensive, so they are often used only on the top coat layer, or are used as a lime wash only to give color.

In this photo a lime render is placed over a clay plastered wall.  When used externally lime is called a 'render', when used on inside walls it is called a plaster.