If you are redoing a wall or walls in your home, there are many textures and materials that you can use to get the look you want. Consider making a clay plaster for the walls that you can apply and spread as you wish. It will give the wall a red clay southwest feel and can be textured like regular plaster or stucco. It is made of natural ingredients and is a lot cheaper to use.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 2 buckets
- Mesh or sieve
Dig down about 2 feet in the ground in an area that has clay soil.
Remove a bucketful of soil at this level.
Fill a separate bucket one-third full of water, then add the clay soil from the first bucket. Add soil to the second bucket until it's three-quarters full.
Stir to break up big chunks and then let it sit for a full day.
Stir it the next day to mix it well.
Strain the mixture through mesh into a clean bucket to remove sand and rock. Use a 1/4-inch mesh for a base plaster and 1/8-inch mesh for a finishing plaster.
Mix the watered clay with fine sand to achieve the texture of plaster. This generally results in from 1 part clay mix to 9 parts sand up to 2 1/2 parts clay mix to 7 1/2 parts sand.
Dampen the wall by spraying it with a spray bottle before applying the plaster.
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