sparing the size, saving the cargeenan
- Hi Nice People
I was just wanted to see if any of you had any tips on how to strech your
size longer and keep it clean between dippings?
I just built a really big tray for fabric, and I am loathe to make so much
size just to dispose of it after a few uses. I use carageenan. How many uses
do you people usually get out of one size bath? Any tips on how to clean it
really well? After 8-10 dips, I seem to get too much alum into the
carageenan, and my colors start to break apart and get washed out.
many thanks - Nadine
- Hi Nadine,
-To make the most of your bath while it is fresh, have
plenty of fabric ready to marble before you make the
size. Store the fabric away from light and air in a
drawer, closet or garment bag, until you are ready to
-Your colors may be breaking apart because of the time
it takes to lay colors down on a much bigger surface.
-Be sure not to let the size from a print drip back
into the tray, as this can speed up alum
contamination. Cover your tray while not in use.
-Don't let your fabric sit on the size too long. This
allows alum to contaminate the bath. If the colors
are not penetrating almost immediately, you may need
to prewash your fabrics more thoroughly before the
alum soak (hot water and soda ash for cotton,
synthrapol or blue Dawn for silk)
-Newsprint strips and a skimboard (try a wooden
yardstick) will help keep the bath clean.
Hope this helps!
--- Nadine Schaeffer <eep@...> wrote:
> Hi Nice People__________________________________________________
> I was just wanted to see if any of you had any tips
> on how to strech your
> size longer and keep it clean between dippings?
> I just built a really big tray for fabric, and I am
> loathe to make so much
> size just to dispose of it after a few uses. I use
> carageenan. How many uses
> do you people usually get out of one size bath? Any
> tips on how to clean it
> really well? After 8-10 dips, I seem to get too much
> alum into the
> carageenan, and my colors start to break apart and
> get washed out.
> many thanks - Nadine
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