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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Second Sunday Post

It's late, I'm tired but can't sleep.  So you are my victims audience!

Making  beeswax hearts for the C team members requires a heat source.  So, DH set up his old iron ( that he used for waxing his skis, and his surf board) and put it upside down (and inside) a re-purposed metal frame for a wire colander, which is now deployed to the re-cycled metals bin. I've braced the frame up with house rocks, set the temp for warm, and will plug it in tomorrow.

Setting things up ahead of time seems to motivate me to get out of bed and get at it!  For instance, if I don't set up a sewing project at night, I'll never get to it.  This could be latent depression, or just that it's more comfortable in bed playing free cell on the netbook than it is to be up, gathering junk together for a project

I got a list of average -or maybe industry standard temperatures for home irons vs various fabrics from  HERE

  • Linen: 230 °C (445 °F)
  • Triacetate: 200 °C (390 °F) (do they even make this stuff anymore?)
  • Cotton: 204 °C (400 °F)
  • Viscose: 190 °C (375 °F) ( best known in it's Challis incarnation)
  • Wool: 148 °C (300 °F) ( we all know and love this fiber- not that most of us would be into ironing it.)
  • Polyester: 148 °C (300 °F) (Those Gawd Awful Double knits! Gah!)
  • Silk: 148 °C (300 °F)
  • Acetate: 143 °C (290 °F)
  • Acrylic: 135 °C (275 °F)
  • Lycra/Spandex: 135 °C (275 °F)
  • Nylon: 135 °C (275 °F) 
  • Since beeswax melts at 145°F and discolors above 186°F , I have to try, usually, a rheostat for safety.  Happily, the iron has a "warm" setting.  This is much lower than the silk , Acrylic or the Nylon fabric settings.

    I'll add pictures, of the whole project, in a separate post on Monday.

    Excavation Report:  I still have not found the tools, but I have found this tiny quilt project kit, which I will now put on the "to make list".  I was going to make it for the SR.  It's small, adorable and in keeping with my wish to work on small projects this year, as well as utilize or get rid of things.  I've had it since the early 1990s.  It's well aged, wouldn't you say?

    By the way, Does anyone have a good recipe for white fudge other than Divinity, and not having peanuts in it?  I want to make some and all I could find is Divinity.  Is it really that good?


    1. Aren't people who have done stuff so much more interesting than those other people who shall remain nameless?
      Thank you for this chart. At some point I want to try encaustic, and I've been looking at heat sources. Maybe I can score an old beat-up electric griddle at a thrift store.
      Setting up ahead of time sounds like a good idea. When I can't sleep, I think through a list of things I could be doing instead of sleeping, and somehow that puts me right to sleep. I wonder if it would work for other people?

    2. And oh yeah - house rocks. I'm glad I have a name for them now.

      1. House rocks and Yard rocks. Some of the yard rocks have become house rocks, but house rocks are mostly smaller. Mostly. :-)

        Encaustic, in as much as it is related to wax resist, I've done. Maybe I'll try more with wax resist on cloth once that big old table in the Lost Land of the Great Room is excavated. There is a lot of yarn to be dyed, and silk blanks from Darma are high on the list for lamp shades. So much to do! I wish I was a kid again, dammit! Hmmm.. a griddle from the thrift store... hmmm *thinks about it, salivates*

        Oh, I like your head list thinga as a sleeping aid, too! lol I still recommend setting up for a project for the next day when one can't sleep. It actually calms me down.


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