How Can I Make
The easiest way to make
Papercrete is with a special mixer designed for the
purpose. You can make small batches in your kitchen blender or
food processor, to get an idea of the process and experiment
The process looks like this:
In a mixer (blender, processor or special Papercrete mixer),
first fill partly with water. Add paper of just about any kind
- newspaper, office stationery, old magazines, even cardboard
boxes - and blend or mix to shred the paper and mix it with
water. If you ever made paper mache, this will look familiar.
What you have is wet paper pulp. If you add some Portland
cement and mix again, you'll have Papercrete mix. It should not
be too runny, just liquid enough to pour into a waiting form or
mold or whatever.
If you intend to make
a lot of Papercrete, you will need a mixer made for
the purpose. The easiest solution, by far, is the Tow-Mixer. Why? Because you
can make it very inexpensively in one day from easily-available
parts, and because it combines the functions of mixer and
dispenser - very handy if you plan to make blocks or panels.
You mix up a batch and then pour (dispense) the mix into forms
or molds. By the time you have another batch ready, the first
pour has settled, and so the forms can be moved for the next
pour. If you make a mixer which only mixes, then you need other
equipment to get the mix to the forms. Watch a movie about
papercrete and the Tow-mixer here.
The DVD shown on this web site describes in
great detail how to make your own Tow-mixer which will allow
you to make not only Papercrete but many other fibrous mixes,
like fibrous adobe. More on the DVD here.
See the process clearly in a
More ways to make Papercrete
in the FAQ.