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Posted by Paul Cerra on July 3, 2002 at 17:52:05:

In reply to: New Skin Patch Test??? posted by Veronica on July 2, 2002 at 04:57:56:


Have you seen or read any posts on this forum about using white glue
as a fixative? (I tried to find one of these posts so that you could
link to it, but I wasn't successful.)

I've been playing around with this method recently since I'm
unwilling to shell out the cash for New Skin. The trick with the
white glue seems to be making sure your henna is quite dry before
covering it with glue. Elmer's glue and other white glues are wet
(obviously) and will stay wet for awhile, and this can negatively
affect your results, so it's also important to apply as little glue
as possible... especially if it's a cool or humid day. If the
glue "pools", it will take forever to dry, and this will definitely
affect the stain. I've taken to blasting a freshly-covered design
with a hair dryer (just briefly) to "set" it. Then it slowly finishes
drying to a nearly transparent coating. The beauty of this is that,
like new skin, it's almost indestructible... I've gone to bed with
designs glued on my hands and feet (but otherwise unwrapped in any
way) and in the morning the designs remained completely intact
(although I should admit that I'm a heavy sleeper, and I don't move
around much since my cat always sleeps *right* next to me.)

And when you're ready to remove the paste, you can just peel off the
patch of glue, and 99% of the paste peels off with it. Gently rub off
the residue with a rag or paper towel and some distilled water, and
you're done.

Maureen at EveryDay Mehndi ( sells a product
called FancySeal that is very similar, but has glitter and color...
you might check it out. Click the "accessories" link at the top of
her web page to see it.

Good luck,


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