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oil of wintergreen warning/alternative


Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 07:49:21 PDT

All this talk about oil of wintergreen had me recalling that, in college, we
were told oil of wintergreen could be used as a lubricant for drilling
through metal, but if you got it in your eyes it could blind you.

I looked it up on the 'net and found this page:

It gives some warnings about skin contact, etc. you might want to read. Oil
of wintergreen contains methyl salicylate. I found this quote on another

"The essential oil can be absorbed by the skin. Methyl salicylylate, a methyl
ester of acetylsalicylic acid, is a gastric irritant and known to be toxic if
ingested in relatively small amounts, resulting in nausea, vomiting,
acidosis, pulmonary edema, pneumonia, convulsions, and death."

I was taught a xerox transfer method that involved gum arabic, which one
should be able to purchase by the gallon. At least I've seen the

Mix gum arabic 50/50 with water

Roll out black (oil-based) etching ink on glass

Wet another glass slab with a sponge soaked in the 50/50 solution.

Place xerox image face up on this slab, and begin using the 50/50 soaked
sponge to flatten and secure the xerox to the glass. Work from the center of
the paper out! Sponge should be damp, not dripping.

Begin to roll ink onto the xeroxed image, again from the center out. Follow
up by wiping image with 50/50 sponge to remove any ink that has adhered to
the non-black areas of the xerox.

Recharge roller with ink, and continue rolling (and wiping) until a shiny
layer of ink has adhered to the black toner areas of the xerox.

At this point you can transfer the image onto paper by running it through a
printing press, or possibly other pressure methods.

If you have any questions about this method, please e-mail me directly.
Sadly, this list is getting to be too much to read each day! Such is life...

Duffy in CT