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Posted by Angie on August 30, 2002 at 17:25:30:

Hi all-
Well, I made up another batch of the Mumtaz Al-Aroosa...I didn't
count on having any stain, but I was eager to practice with some
designs before my good henna arrives. Anyway, I tried Faery Ring's
tip ( I feel weird calling you that! ) with the tissue under the bag
to check for dye release ( inside an airtight container of
course )...WHAT a difference! I just mixed up three tbsps. of Al
with a bit of lemon juice ( no special stuff this time ), and it
released about eight hours after the intial sugar / lemon. I added
some tea tree at that point ( and this is where I may be mistaken?? )
and let it sit for about four more hours to release some more.
So...when do you add the terps? Before it releases or after? I
hadn't thought I would see any release at all after the last results
I got with Al ( at least not for hours and hours and hours ), so I
didn't have a plan in mind. Is it better to add the terps before the
release or after? Does it matter? I had planned on adding them
after twelve hours or so, even if they didn't release.
My results aren't bad! Stained up petty well! I copied a design
onto my wrist from my own Indian pendant, and on the top of the
wrist it stained a nice hazelnut brown, and the design I did on my
palm and underwrist started out flaming orange and darkened over
twelve hours to a raw sienna / burnt umber color. Pretty! The
bottoms of my feet had the same stain...the tops are the same medium
hazelnut color ( yes, I hennaed every part of myself I could
reach...my fiancee too. Practice, practice! ). Happy happy joy
joy!! Now, if only the designs were sharper...happy henna to all,
thank you for ALL the wonderful tips, and to all a good stain!
Angie

 


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