|Forum topic by Les Casteel||posted 07-18-2010 05:02 PM||1176 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-18-2010 05:02 PM
I’ve begun the process of building some various small Shaker Style projects for some customers. Mainly pine. I wanted to use milk paint which I’ve used before, having bought it commercially. But, the stuff costs about $9 a pint or you could say $54 a gallon (2 pints per quart, 4 quarts per gallon). So, I thought that after looking at several recipes online I could easily make my own and according to the articles, “much, much cheaper!!”. Okay, depending on the recipe, you might use a combination of milk, casein, vinegar, borax, water, and hydrated lime. Sounds cheap, right?. Oh! and “powdered pigment”, BUT, it must be, “LIMEPROOF”. Now all of a sudden it gets real expensive. For a recipe of 1 3/4 quarts, you need 200 grams by weight of powdered pigments. Online a blue pigment costs ONLY $90 for 500G, so I can make a couple of quarts for about $100! So a gallon is $200? Makes, the $9 a pint sound really, really cheap!!
Now, obviously I’ve missed something. Where do you get the pigments without costing an arm…and a leg? So, I started thinking, could your use watercolors, food coloring, RIT cloth dye, concrete dyes, blueberries, tempura paint, or maybe even water based wood stains? Or, do I just shut up and call Highland Hardware and buy some milkpaint?
I’d appreciate the help, Thanks!
-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com