Tools for applying henna...

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Posted by Maureen on August 21, 2002 at 04:37:26:

In reply to: I need Help... posted by Angelina Jayne on August 21, 2002 at 03:32:51:

Hi A J

There all sorts of tools to use for applying your henna paste. They
range from the handy toothpick, to plastic applicator bottles (I
prefer the 1/2 oz bottles), plastic cones, mylar cones, carrot bags,
syringes and more. You can also get metal tips for the plastic
bottles, cones and carrot bags in various sizes that will help you
with choice of lines in your designs.

Your choice of tool will come from trying different ones and
determining which one feels best and provides you with most control
of the flow of your henna paste. The applicator bottles with tips
are probably the easiest to learn to use. And there are the Jacquard
metal applicator tips that come in 3 sizes that work excellent with
them. People are also using the Pueblo Tips for their applicator
bottles. These come in size #4 and #6. The #6 is easy to use. The
#4 will require that you work with your paste to get it to the proper
consistency to get through that tiny hole. I found the #4 to be
problematic to use with either ceramic glaze or henna paste. As soon
as I pause the flow of the henna paste or glaze, the air in the room
seems to dry up the paste at the tip. I don't like having to
continue to knock that little dry piece off. Drawback with the
plastic applicator bottles is that some people find them hard on
their hand after long hours of use. The cones can be obtained
already rolled. But I wouldn't trust that. I think learning to roll
your own cone will teach you how to secure it so that paste doesn't
just burst out of it everywhere. So use of cones will require that
you pretty much learn to make your own ones for use. Not that hard,
but will require practice and getting the right tape and mastering
the rolling and controlling the mylar if you use that for your
cones. The carrot bags don't have to be rolled so you don't have
that problem with them. Some people have expressed problems
controlling them in their hand. Bot the carrot bag and cone, however
provide you with lots of flexibility and ease of flow of paste and
are very easy on your hand. The syringes come with different size
needles...the needles can be plastic or metal. The syringes also are
a challenge to learn to use but is rapidly becoming my favorite
application tool for henna. I found a wonderful needle point
(plastic) point syringe that is great for tiny lines. And there is
another one that is great for larger lines.

So, you might decide which sort of tool works best for you and
develop your skills with it. Then try some of the others for their
advantages. The fact is, there are advantages and limitations with
any tool you select.

A lot of the online henna suppliers carry some sort of tools for
application. I currently carry the plastic applicator bottles, the
metal Jacquard metal tips in all three sizes, and syringes in two
needle sizes (plastic).

While looking around for tools online, you might also want to check
out some of the henna powders available. The boxed henna powder
found in local stores is typically not of the quality of the henna
powders carried by online henna suppliers and artists. So, if after
selecting your tool, check out how the henna powder stains for you.
If it is not giving you the stains you are after, you might want to
look for a henna powder more capable.

Happy tool hunting...another wonderful henna experience awaits you.

Take care.



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