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natural binders and fixers

natural binders and fixers

natural binders and fixers. the function of the binders is to bond the filler particles together and on the support. the final appearance of the decoration depends on this binder (matt or satin, powdery or stretched, etc.). It is called the glue. These binders are environmentally friendly, strong and economical and allow a wide range of applications. It is sometimes necessary to prepare them before using them, as is the case with casein (see our recipe for casein preparation), in order to transform them into glue. (rabbit skin glue for example). Others can be used directly, such as alum salt or potassium silicate.

powdered casein
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powdered casein is a 90 mesh (very fine, good quality) food-grade acidic casein obtained from milk. It is a natural binder for making paints and plasters and an excellent fixer for lime. It is only applicable on solid and rigid supports but not on canvas or paper because it forms a hard and very solid film. Casein is very popular in decoration because it gives a very beautiful velvety mat, so it goes perfectly with lime. To use it it will be necessary to transform it into glue, for that we must make it react with an alkaline, such as lime (old and best method), ammonium carbonate or borax. Discover our casein preparation recipe


€4.33
alum salt
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alum salt or potassium alum (coarse salt) is a natural fixative for lime. its role is to help fix the pigments in lime.It is mainly used in whitewashes and tends to make them more solid. it is not used to help fix lime on a support, in this case its effectiveness is less, therefore prefer another fixer with which you can associate it. Its dosage is 10% relative to the weight of the lime.
€2.25
rabbit skin glue
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rabbit skin glue is a binder for paints (tempera) and coatings (gesso). Rabbit skin glue has a very powerful tack and due to its flexibility, it is used to glue all flexible media such as paper, canvas or wood which are its favorite media. It is also for this reason that 'it is the ideal lime fixer on wooden substrates, especially since it has a matt and velvety appearance like lime

€3.25
saponified wax
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white saponified wax is the most used beeswax in decoration because it can be diluted with water. Once it becomes transparent while leaving a satin to shiny appearance depending on its polishing. This wax is made in our workshop in an artisanal way by emulsion with ammonium carbonate from 100% pure and natural white beeswax. It can be applied on any solid to slightly flexible support, such as walls and ceilings, lime or plaster coatings, wood etc ... it is possible to tint it to paint (as in antiquity), or to create patinas on plaster.

€6.63
potassium silicate
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potassium silicate is a binder, consolidator and pore filler for porous mineral materials. it can be added with pigments for the manufacture of paints. potassium silicate is a low-viscosity, transparent and odourless aqueous solution, suitable for mineral substrates that need to breathe, such as in ecological housing, old buildings and historical monuments. Our silicate does not contain any resin unlike 28° 30°, it will be more efficient and solid.
€11.04
lime water
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lime water is a 100% natural varnish resulting from lime quenching which is used to create patinas, consolidate whitewashes, stones, frescoes. The water is used to extinguish quicklime and it is during this extinction, when a strong heat is released, that this water becomes charged with calcium hydroxide to form lime water. Then when it is used, lime water reacts with carbon dioxide in the air to form calcium carbonate (caco3, calcite found at the end of stalactites in caves) which is then freezes on the surface to form a transparent limestone.
€4.58
arabic gum in powder
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natural kordofan arabic gum in powder (the finest quality), extracted from an acacia in sudan, is used in the manufacture of watercolors, gouache, dry pastel and paper glue. It is also used in the composition of limewash as a binder and fixer. the dosage will be 10% maximum compared to the weight of lime

€4.13
white beeswax
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White beeswax in granules 100% natural, without additives or silicone or polyester, purified thanks to natural processes, allowing to obtain after its dilution and its drying a neutral color. It makes it possible to make candles or encaustics but also saponified wax, which is a wall wax that can be diluted with water and which makes it possible to embellish plaster, stucco, tadelakts or iron plaster walls while protecting them.
€4.58
linseed oil
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linseed oil is extracted from flax seeds. Cold pressed raw linseed oil (important) is very siccative. It is used for artistic oil paintings or for flour painting with ocher also called ocher paint, and for the treatment of wood, in association with turpentine. this oil is also used in the recipe for flour paint with ochre for wood and in association with turpentine, for the protection of floors (tommettes).
€5.67