On larger cones

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Posted by Rupal on June 15, 2002 at 01:59:10:

In reply to: Re: Help! "Fill" problems on henna designs... suggestions? posted by Lauren on June 14, 2002 at 19:43:47:

Speaking of using larger cone sizes - and more generally, different
grades of henna paste, I filtered my latest batch of henna powder
into three groups. Using a 100-mesh sieve, I did a "first squeeze
extra virgin mehndi" filter to get the very finest grains out of my
powder and stored that as bridal-quality; then I used a nylon cloth
to filter out the next level of powder for "normal use," and then I
took the "chaff" - the remaining powder (with fibers etc.) and stored
it separately.

I mixed two batches of paste (saving the "extra-virgin" powder for a
special occasion), and I have a huge load of the coarse powder saved
to blacken fingertips and fill in checkerboard patterns. Since I
don't henna my hair to use up coarse henna, I figured that keeping
several grades of powder around would be a great way to make use of
my materials.

Plus I've noticed a huge difference in paste texture when using
different powders (the normal grade paste was as smooth as butter).
There's always the issue of general coarseness, but I was amazed at
how much stringier the paste is when you use finer grades of henna.
Even when stirring the stuff with a spoon, lifting the spoon up
allowed me to get tiny threads of henna falling back into my bowl.
The coarser paste had a definite grain and texture to it, and it
tended to stick to the bowl a lot more than the finer henna.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to making two henna cones to use each
grade of powder to its best advantage.

BTW - I think that my 100-mesh sieve is a bit too fine for henna; the
normal-grade henna I got gave me lines thinner than a .5 pencil
lead. Next I"ll probably go to an 80-mesh.



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