[KwartzLab] Paper Marbling Workshop: Sun Jan 29 1-4pm
rgissing at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 19:27:25 EST 2012
Borax is a flux used in blacksmith forge welding. that should make this
even more confusing . ;-)
On Jan 18, 2012 5:27 PM, "Kevin Martin" <kpmartin at thinkage.ca> wrote:
> I just found a page that states
> "Borax is used as an agent that breaks the waters surface tension and lets
> the paint spread out over the surface" which would imply that it *reduces*
> the surface tension...
> The article I found implies that oil-based paints are being used in their
> process (to "swirl" guitar bodies). The article James found was referring
> to marbling using powdercoat paints in the form of a water-based slurry and
> again, the borax seems to be there to encourage the paint to spread.
> I think the effect is that the borax reduces the surface tension between
> the water and the paint/particles rather than having any effect on the open
> surface tension (between the water and air). This makes it energetically
> advantageous for the paint or particles to spread out on the water.
> So perhaps the Magic Dip kit uses oil-based paints (which would also
> explain how they can claim to marble non-absorbant surfaces). Perhaps any
> alkali such as soda ash or TSP would work as well as borax does by
> (slightly) saponifying some of the oily materials in the paint.
> Then again I've also found a reference to using borax to preserve the
> thickener used in the water (to prevent fermentation), and also to "soften"
> the water (i.e. reduce the effects of dissolved mineral content). Perhaps
> the borax also interacts with the resins in the paint (as one sees in the
> "flubber" recipes that combine white PVA glue and borax).
> In the case of marbling with water-based paints (acrylics or watercolours)
> there is almost zero surface energy between the paint and the water, and
> the paint spreads because it contains surfactants so the paint/air surface
> has less energy per area (and thus less surface tension) than the water/air
> surface it is displacing. As a result nothing is needed in the water to
> adjust the spreading. There is however, stuff in the water to increase its
> viscosity to make it easier to control the patterns formed.
> Having said all this, though, I might try adding borax to my tray water
> someday to see what effect it actually has on the paint.
> -Kevin Martin
> the Papertrail Handmade Paper & Book Arts
> New Dundee, Ontario
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at kwartzlab.ca [mailto:discuss-bounces at kwartzlab.ca]
> On Behalf Of James Bastow
> "The Borax will increase the surface tension of the water to the point
> that it becomes almost like a film, yet it will not contaminate your
> MARBLING: The How To Guide <
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