Saturday, July 20, 2013
I have happily stumbled into the world of youtube surfing. And pintrest, and craft gawker... I'm doomed to not have any free time with these great eye candy sites, and a busy family too. I really enjoy Lindsay from "The Frugal Crafter." permanent gelatin printing plate aka hectograph video & post. I was inspired to try it too. The first video I saw she showed a recipe using alcohol and water and gelatin. Another youtuber told of her trial & error & this, and the horrible stink it made in her home. Revisions were done & showed Linsay changed her recipe to 7 packages of gelatin, 1.5cups glycerine, 1.5 cups boiled water. I also heeded cautions not to use equipment that would be used for food. I even commented asking what type of tray she used, but I couldn't find anything similar. So at the dollar store I bought a cheapie 8x8 pan, a plastic measure, and a little silicone loaf pan to try it out. For the 8x8 pan I went with 3 packages gelatin, 3/4 cup glycerine, 3/4 cup boiled distilled water. The mini loaf pan took 1 pack glycerine, 1/4 cup glycerine, 1/4 cup boiled distilled water. Why distilled water? Our water has a lot of calcium, some iron and fluoride, which I didn't want to chance react with it. I prefer to use distilled water for my crafting because it doesn't get scummy as fast if it sits forgotten in the craft lab.
I left the experiment on the counter & it set up slowly. I stuck it in the fridge to move it along. Hours later it did indeed gel up firmly. The little one was disappointing to unmold. I had high hopes since the silicone pan is bendy & easy to twist. It was a gooey mess. I put it back in the microwave, remelted & tried again in the fridge. It did set up again, but is getting tacky at room temperature. The 8x8 pan, straight from the fridge was nice & firm but sitting on the counter at room temperature became sticky. Phooey. I thought once it became plastic it would be okay at room temperature? I'm not digging another thing to store in the fridge. Did I mention we are currently in a heat wave? Precious fridge space is for cold meals & drinks, priorities right? Maybe I don't have quite enough gelatin in there? I will remelt & add a bit of alcohol & see if that helps. It can't hurt as it is destined for the garbage otherwise.