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Posted by txilar on August 6, 2002 at 01:04:21:

In reply to: Re: color curosity posted by Theadora on August 5, 2002 at 22:14:26:

Hi Theodora (definite empress ring!),
I've only seen chuna in the Indian and/or Pakistani stores as such.
It usually comes in a brightly coloured plastic bottle that has a
flip-top and it's usually mixed with water (not saturated so it has a
sort of mushy feel to it). I did find a bag of calcium carbonate in
the pickle-making section of publix for only 79 cents, but FAIR
WARNING: the stuff makes a MMMMMESSS! It gets all over things and
leaves a sort of coating on them, that's why I like the chuna bottled
form much better (it might too be of a slight different "type"). So-
if you end up with just the dry calcium carbonate, I just mix it with
a bit of water, enough to smear it easily, but not so much that it
runs everywhere. If you can find it in the bottled form it's a bit
easier: just dampen your hennaed area (just damp, not watery), dip a
finger in the chuna and smear it over the henna. You should see an
instant darkening effect, which is not consecutive. It takes a few
rinses to get it good and off- rinse directly over sink or you'll get
white spots all over! Try waiting a bit instead of applying it to
freshly removed henna or doing a test and chunaing some but not all
to see the longterm effects...

And just for the knowledge ghosts, chuna mixed with turmeric turns a
brilliant, bold, searing sunshine-behind-the-eyes orange red and give
temporary colour to the body (used in the Holi festival) and is great
for adding other colours in, temporarily, to the henna.


: Hi Txilar,
: Thanks for the word "chuna".


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