I am so tired of experimenting! I will likely try the mix at some point, but not yet....!
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From: Jake Benson<mailto:jemiljan@...>
Sent: Thursday, August 31, 2006 12:25 PM
Subject: [Marbling] combined gels
Thanks Garret and Iris,
Now I see that I mixed far too much trag in my mix- a full 50% 50%
mix. Hence the "stringy" results.
I have wonderd whether using a different form of carrageenan would
also help here. As I understand it, the powdered extract that is used
by many of us for marbling is LAMBDA carrageenan, which is very fine.
I wonder if mixing in another variety. For example, would adding a
small amount of KAPPA or IOTA carrageenan results in a stronger gel?
I tried boiling seaweed once, but i think it was old, and the quality
poor. However I do understand the natural stuff has all three types
combined. I wonder if a little bit of boiled seaweed, added to the
lambda gel, may also help?
Once I did try adding a little cold water dispersible Methyl Cell to
lambda carrageenan to see if I could work with that. I added a very
small amount, but it changed the properties so greatly that I had a
hard time getting my hand-made water colors to float on it properly.
I bet it would have worked just fine for acrylic paints.
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