Re: Do you know where it was grown?
Posted by Nick on August 8, 2002 at 15:07:42:
i did indigo fingertips, mixed with just water, and left on for an
the result is just a very light greyish color. Mine doesn't stain
nearly as instantly as yours does. I waited for dye release just like
with henna, and when my indigo paste turned mostly blue, i used it.
I've tried isolating the indigols through boiling, etc. And i was
succesful with one method of making a solution of indigo and water in
a bottle which was shaken daily for about 3 weeks. This isolated the
indigols, and when i skimmed off as much of the actual plant matter
as i could, there was some very blue liquid left... but it wouldn't
stain my skin. I'm not sure if indigols are like hennotanic acid
molecules in that they will anchor onto another substance and then
become useless for staining anything else.
This also has me wondering about terpage for indigols. I'd have to
figure it out at a molecular level, but i'm not sure there is a
substance that will have a similar effect...
going to find the molecular structure of indigol now...
: Giggles at the marijuana comment ;P Well I tried it out with only
: water, with vinegar, with lemon and with water and baking soda
: (didn't have any ammonia on hand) .... didn't get the same results
: but will have to keep trying.. after about 3 minutes I got a soft
: blue-grey on the one with baking soda added and a kinda dark grey
: with the just water, no real reactions with the acids, so I'm
: guessing it's a basic release? May try boiling a bit of it
: and try going out in the sun and sprinkling a bit of it on a sweaty
: spot... see if I come out inky and get back to you. May have just
: been a fluke of who knows what ;) Gotta love herbal dyes ;)
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