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16006Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Milk paint

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  • Dusty Quinn Campbell
    Sep 12, 2013
      The addition of lime (the mineral, not the fruit) to milk causes a chemical reaction with the calcium in the milk.  This results in a fast drying, hard paint without a "spoilt milk" smell.  It is mildly caustic  while wet, so consider wearing gloves while mixing and painting with it.  I do not know if the milk + lime recipe is period, but lime certainly has been used for millennia for making mortar, fertilizing soil, and keeping flies/stench down in open latrines & graves.


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      On Sep 12, 2013, at 6:48 AM, hallieve <hallieve@...> wrote:


      Milk paint is easy and cheap to make that's why it was used so commonly. It's just pigment added to milk. thickened by using spoiled mike that has separated. or by letting in evaporate a few days. This did not smell good but makes a good paint. Today you can make it better and cheaper by using powdered milk and the tube pigments available at any paint store. If you want a shiny paint egg tempera is just as simple and that is definitely period. was used by the romans and was what was used before oil paint was developed. it is ground pigment added to egg yolk. It takes a lot longer to dry than milk.
      Hope this helps,
      Hallie in south east fl.

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