That's not been my experience (but we're getting off-topic)

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Posted by Lauren on June 13, 2002 at 16:44:02:

In reply to: Woad - how to use and mix properly posted by samantha on June 13, 2002 at 16:05:12:

I'm basing my post on seeing a couple hundred people at a time using
woad in designs all over their bodies at SCA events over the past ten
years. It seems to last a couple days, unless you're fighting, in
which case it sweats away faster. In cloth it may last a year or so
but I'm not at all familiar with woad dyeing. I know indigo needs to
be anaerobic and they're both blue so maybe there is some chemical
similarity? Anyway, the people I've seen use woad crush up the
chalky stuff into whiskey or facial astringent and it seems to
dissolve instead of suspend. I believe it can also be crushed into
animal fat. Either way, you can apply it right away.
As an aside, woad applied to skin is not recognizeably blue as it is
when dyed into cloth. It's so dark as to appear black from any
distance. The lady I know who imports the Scots woad was consulted
for the movie Braveheart. They originally wanted to use the real
stuff, but decided that it would read as black and be scary rather
than impressive. They went with greasepaint instead.

: Ok you have to use anerobic fermentation (no air) to get what you
: want.
: 1) get your ingredients into a airtight container. You'll need to
: bran to thicken it.
: 2) leave for 6 weeks-ish
: 3) after the 6 weeks take of the lid and you will be left with a -
: non blue liquid. This needs to be whisked to let the air in. The
: produced will turn blue. You will then have your Woad dye.
: A couple of pointers. You can use a tablet to suck out all the air
: but be warned this will make the waod rather caustic and too strong
: for application on the skin.
: A woad stain will probaby stain between 1 year to 18 months. Are
: sure you want to play with this stuff cause if your design goes
: Your client will be left with it for a hell of a long time


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