Joined: 21 Aug 2008
Real Name: David Woolsey
|Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:28 am Post subject: Overcooked Porky Quills
|Well last night I was heating up some dye to do some porcupine quills. I was doing some red, and yes, I was cheating some as I was using a commerical dye, not natural. (mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa). I am trying my hand at quilling, or rather getting back to do so more self-taught learning, so one step at a time.
Anyway, I was heating the water, and (I got the info from NativeTech website) it was going well, but got I distracted, and sure enough, it got too hot, and I turned a big handfull of quills into a pot of red goo.
Re-tried with more quills, and no distractions...., and they came out fine. The secret was to get the dye bath hot enough to give just a little steam, but NOT to get it to boiling at all. As the steam appeared I would turn off the stove. I had to re-apply heat twice to get the quills to the desired read (insted of pink), but that was better than a second pot of red goo.
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