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[Cob] Alum and Soap over horizontal Lime Plaster surfaces?littlehouseantiques at att.net littlehouseantiques at att.net
Wed Sep 15 15:16:05 PDT 2004
-------------- Original message from "Quinn" : -------------- > Wouldn't the soap just... re-suds up and wash away? Uh, no, I don't think so. I use regular ol' liquid dish soap in my acrylic water based paints (to extend drying time) and none of it has ever "re-suds up". > Ingestion of 30 grams (1 ounce) has killed adults. Huh. And you find it right next to the allspice. Well, I would hope no one would take a bite out of my cob bench - lol! But the point about folks being sensitive to alum (eyes skin, etc.) would likely be a problem on a bench where skin would come in contact with it.... BUT I was reading earlier today about a patent that was obtained by a fella back as early as 1876 (for a mixture that included alum that was put on canvas tents and uniforms to waterproof and prevent mildew & mold) and there were reports even way back then that the fabric treated with this stuff did irritate the hands/skin of some soldiers... however, the pertinent point was that the fabric didn't irritate anyone until they went to cut the fabric when mending, etc. So, perhaps the alum/soap mixture on a cob bench would NOT irritate anybody as long as it was properly maintained and not allowed to dry/crack/flake, etc. Kathy
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