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Re: oil of wintergreen warning/alternative

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From: Judy Nagel (jdnag_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 07:58:16 PDT


FYI I have asked our resident expert about this subject and this is the
response I received:

Hmmm. I would wonder why you would need a preservative unless you were
storing the wet pulp for extended periods of time. Paper's longevity is due
to it's ph level and fiber content. Methyl Cellulose is a glue-like
substance used to strengthen paper when doing sculpture. It also acts as a
sizing. It's not necessary for papers that are not painted on. Retention Aid
makes the paper more receptive to color. I don't think it is a preservative.
I found some web sites that talk about additives. Perhaps they will help. I
couldn't find a preservative listed. Just a note, preservatives are
typically somewhat hazardous.
http://dcwi.com/~twinrock/supplies.htm
<http://dcwi.com/~twinrock/supplies.htm>
http://www.servtech.com/~artfarm/makpap.html
<http://www.servtech.com/~artfarm/makpap.html>
http://gort.ucsd.edu/preseduc/papermak.htm
<http://gort.ucsd.edu/preseduc/papermak.htm>
Hope this helps!

Judy

----- Original Message -----
From: <Stubbyno2@aol.com>
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Sent: Monday, October 09, 2000 9:49 AM
Subject: oil of wintergreen warning/alternative

> 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:
>
> http://www.naturesgift.com/birch.htm
>
>