Hi KJohn, I had actually suggested the possibility of using
Konnyaku/konjac for size a few years ago. At that time, I learned
that it has a very high glucomannan content. This is the same
substance found in salep root (Orchis mascula), which has been used in
Turkey, and was also praised by Halfer as a marbling size.
Unfortunately, there is some kind of problem that persists when
searching our group's archives. Some months ago I wrote to the Yahoo
admin about this issue and got a canned reply. The results are very
limited, and even using Google, I cannot seem to bring up all the
results. I had listed a supplier for powdered konnyaku. I may have
spelled it differently, but I am certain that I mentioned glucomannan
content, and salep in the same post.
Just now I tried a different search using the term IMG 2002, which is
mentioned very early on in the archives. NOTHING came up as a result
on the Yahoo message search. Using a Google advanced search targeting
this group, a number of messages could be located, but for some
reason, none of the earliest ones came up.
--- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com, "John Ang" <angchengsiew@...> wrote:
> Greetings members,
> A marbling article featuring Mr. Masakazu Ando of Ando Chobo Account
> Book Store in Ginza Japan.
> I enjoyed the video. I noticed he used Konnyaku powder for size.
> Something I have never heard of but nevertheless interesting.
> Another interesting thing is his marbling colours. The article quoted
> "The water pigments are prepared by melting them with alcohol and
> water and letting them blend by mixing them occasionally with a bar
> for at least three months"
> I wonder why it takes three months to prepare his colours. Anyone have
> any idea as to why?
> Below is the link