Monday, February 19, 2007

Working With Gum Resins

chelbenah-galbanum resin

To make grinding sticky-soft gum resins easier, place them in the freezer for about an hour. This makes the resins harder and easier to grind. Heating liquifies resins and makes them harder to work with [1].

To clean equipment following grinding resins, pure grain alcohol like Everclear has been recommended as an effective cleaning agent. Some incense makers even use it to wash their hands prior to washing with water follow grinding to remove the stickiness.

Information source: Carl from craftywitches yahoo group


[1] The friction from pounding and grinding will create heat. For this reason, unless there is a contraindicating "spell reason", add resins to blends last.

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