I should move to NJ! The water here has so much chlorine in it that we can't
even drink it let alone marble with it! Distilled water can really become
> My most interesting revelation came when trying to reproduce a 16th century
> pattern for a book restoration once. The pattern looked deceptively simple,
> but I just couldn't get the shapes of the droplet right. Then I gave up in
> exasperation and couldn't even face the marbling room to clean up....went
> back to it the next AM on a spoiled dirty size....and was so annoyed I
> didn't even skim thoroughly....and lo and behold...the pattern was perfect.
> That was the secret of the old time marblers....just use it until it was
> almost useless......why throw out rotten size if it would still work even a
> Another bit of fun came one hot summer when unbeknownst to me, some of my
> paints went moldy (this will only happen if they have been mixed with
> gall).......I got some very interesting shell type textures. tried for the
> rest of that summer to make the paints mold agin but they refused!
> And...I have never needed to add salt, and have never used distilled water
> except for in the paints. The less distilled water I have to lug around,
> the better.
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- Milena....my water is so hard we have to scrape the lime off the toilets,
faucets and anything else it touches all the time.....water heaters become
useless FAST....I had a water softener once....it lasted ONE DAY! it really
fouled up the marbling. Luckily I was able to sell it to a friend that was
in the midst of building a house.
This water is so hard one could probably live off the minerals in it!
Surely I will never get osteoporosis! Guess we make do with what we have. I
like the good old well water here......before I moved to the "big
house"...the converted barn, I didn't have enough room and rented a studio
in the closest town. The chlorine drove me mad for several weeks, then I
got used to it, it seemed to weaken the size, so I used more powder. Always