The shape in this project was more complicated, but as expected, the material adapted nicely to the task at hand.
The shape of the filled in area is highest in the back corner and slopes steeply toward either side to help leaves wash down to the base in front.
I'm sure that, even with their strength limitations, women and children would not have trouble working with this material. The grout is easy to mix in small batches, and is just brushed on with a house brush for the most part. The grout membrane is pretty strong, considering how thin it is.
The screen is just stuck down with grout to the existing structures. It's a quick and easy technique.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Plastic window screen comes in rolls. Cut it with scissors.
You need rubber gloves, a house brush and a mixing container. A little trowel is also sometimes useful. A wet sponge helps for cleaning up spots.
Step 2: Putting up the Screen
Step 3: Coating the Screen
With one coat, the thickness is about 1/16". Once it hardens up, you can add on however much more material you want. Grout, in thicker consistency, is also a great sculpture material ( see: http://www.instructables.com/id/Portrait-Busts-an-original-technique
). If you want to get fancy you can add 3-d designs to the surface of it.
I will eventually colorize the surface with either grout or cement with added pigment.
Step 4: Other Possible Uses for This Material
Anyway, it's a nice material combination. Play with it and you might find solutions for some of your own problems.
The pictures below are a 4-ply sample of the material I made on a non-stick plastic sheet.