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Re: methyl cel/carag supplies

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  • sglenn@ctesc.net
    Oh rats, I left some things out! Here, let me add to this. ... the ... tried ... are ... wait 30 minutes, then add 4 teaspoons of 5% white vinegar, stir it in
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 28, 2001
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      Oh rats, I left some things out! Here, let me add to this.
      >
      > Hi Linda, I have been marbling on fabric for about a year. I use
      the
      > methyl cel from Pro Chemical. It works very well for me. I have
      tried
      > carrageenan, & frankly I'm very happy with the methyl cel. I can
      > study my designs with a magnifying glass & the line detail is
      > excellent as long as my paint mix formula is good. If your lines
      are
      > breaking & giving you poor detail, look to your paint mix formula
      > (I'm using acrylics on fabric).
      >
      > I use 1/4 cup methyl cel to 1 gallon water, stir with a large whisk
      > for 5 minutes, then add 4 teaspoons of ammonia, stir for 5 minutes
      > with the whisk,

      wait 30 minutes,

      then add 4 teaspoons of 5% white vinegar, stir it in
      > for a minute.

      Let mix rest for at least an hour, overnight is better.

      Beware of old ammonia; evidently it loses its punch and
      > the resulting size won't thicken correctly. Don't skimp on the
      > stirring time; if the methy cel sinks to the bottom, you'll have a
      > gelled mass on the bottom. My water is really hard (alkaline) and
      > seems to make great size. If your water is on the acid side, it
      could
      > be causing problems. I'm in Texas so the weather here is very hot a
      > lot of the time. If I can get my studio down to 75 degrees with a
      70%
      > humidity I'm doing good. My methyl cel size holds up for a week to
      10
      > days for me. After that, it gets on the thin side & I make up fresh.
      >
      > Susa Glenn
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