The purpose of this test was to see if our transparent base mix using Hanco Setswell Compund, Plate Oil 00 and Magnesium Carbonate could be produced using an emulsification method with a food blender.
Date: May 29, 2014
Researchers’ Names: Mike Barrett and Angela Zammarelli
Room Temperature: 67 degrees
Humidity: low humidity, sunny
Materials: Hanco Setswell Compund, Plate Oil 00 and Magnesium Carbonate (MgCO3)
Process: A half cup of Plate Oil 00 and 1 1/2 tsp of Hanco Setswell Compound were added into a blender. Then a half cup of MgCO3 was added and stirred with a stick before turning the blender on. The blender was turned on for 15 seconds. The next half cup of MgCO3 was added and blended in and then the final 1/2 cup. It is highly recommended that one wear a dust mask for this process. The machine makes the MgCO3 form a little dust cloud inside of the blender.
Conclusion: The blended mixture lost its body and had a large amount of MgCO3 clumps still in it. Also further research suggest that emulsifying is not the ideal choice for mixing ink bases. The addition of air into the mixture creates a loose medium.