Thursday, September 14, 2006

Frosting a Cottage

Because I knew you were coming...

Starting very late tonight, I applied a scratch coat of pre-mixed joint compound to all the cottage walls, inside and out. I first nicked the surfaces with one of our new dinner forks (sorry honey) and then troweled on the compound which felt like trying to apply an even layer of shaving cream onto a bowling ball. I'm sure the second or perhaps third coating will feel more controllable. I may even tint the last two coats like a Venetian Plaster.

Oh, this is getting good.

Made an appointment with Downstairs Clare for the beam cutting Friday afternoon.


  1. Yummy! Cut me off a big slice!

  2. Intersting way to spend an evening. hmmm.

  3. With a frosting rose, Mike!

    And welcome Ms. Mary, I enjoyed strolling through a few of your blogs to get a taste of who you are.

  4. Wow shelley, that's coming along real nice, looks like messy fun!

  5. Thanks Markie Mark! You like mess?! I thought you were all clean metal guy? See, holes in our Mefull knowledge.

  6. Safety Boy sez...

    I'm surprised to see you (Safety Sistah) dipping your fingers into that stuff. I don't remember if it's particularly toxic, but I thought I recalled that one's supposed to be aware of fumes/particulates?

    I'd be happy to be wrong... It'd be nice to have *something* relatively safe to play with!

  7. Thank you, Safety Boy. It never occurred to me that the joint compound might be in the least harmful in any way. With your flag, I got the MSDS sheet on the exact product I'm using, National Gypsum Proform All Purpose Joint Compound, and found that, quote: "ProFormReady Mix Joint Compound Products do not present an inhalation, ingestion, or contact health hazard unless subjected to operations such as sanding or machining which result in the generation of airborne particulate." which to me confirms that there's no danger UNLESS I sand it--which I'm not planning to do without a respirator. However, despite this finding, I DID in fact notice my lungs were irritated a couple days ago and I couldn't determine why?! They say there is a latex fume when the tub is opened but it disipates quickly but maybe that irritated me without my awareness. Also, I found from reading the sheet that I shouldn't wash my hands in the sink as it might clog my sink drains. Oopsie.

    It's pre-mixed nice and smushy (no-airborne powder) and is an asbestos free product made of:

    Calcium Carbonate or
    Dolomite (Limestone)
    Crystalline Silica (Quartz)
    Talc (non-asbestiform)
    Attapulgite Clay
    Sepiolite Clay
    Smectite Clay
    Polyvinyl Acetate Latex
    Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Latex

    Thanks, Sven.

  8. Groovy. Wasn't sure what the liquid binder was in this stuff. The tub I have, I think says that the solids are made largely from talc...

    Actually, I just tried using it to cover foam for the first time yesterday -- a technique I'd read about many times before... This was one of those art materials that I purchased because I knew I had to try it -- but then it just sat around gathering dust, cuz I was occupied with other things.

    So hey! -- Thanks for the inspiration to pull it out and give it a whirl!

  9. You mean other people have done this?!!! LOL! I just did it because when I've used plaster of paris (as a kid) I remember it was crumbly and had no flexibility when dry. PLUS--I'm TOTALLY L-A-Z-Y and joint compound comes pre-mixed to a buttery consistency! yay.

    By the way, Sven, I just saw the portraits you painted of family and friends last year, and I'm inspired and impressed! thank you so much for documenting how you work!


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