Thursday, December 14, 2006

Thiox and stuff

Animal, vegetable, or mineral?? While you are pondering the answer, here are some things about Thiox... 1. Its real name is Thiourea Dioxide and it is a color removing agent. 2. I buy mine from ProChem and there are directions on the jar. No doubt, Dharma sells it also. 3. It does not destroy fabric so you do not need to treat it afterwards. 4. Unlike bleach, it is safe to use on silk. 5. It is activated by moist heat and does not smell till you steam it. 6. When you steam iron it or boil it (thiox bath), it smells rather vile so you will want to wear a respirator and/ or do it near an open window or outside. 7. It smells similar to discharge paste but is chemically different and may discharge differently. 8. Not everything discharges with Thiox. Some things only discharge with bleach. 9. Bleach and Thiox will discharge the same fabric to different colors. 10. If you steam iron the fabric, you can control how much discharge you have. I boiled those shirts and fabrics from yesterday in a discharge bath, but most often I use it the way I use discharge paste. I'm sure you'll have some excellent guesses as to what the picture above is. I will check back tomorrow.

8 comments:

Judy said...

I have no clue as to what the photo above is, but I must say I have the fondest of memories of YOU, respirator firmly applied, thioxing away on the patio at Campbell this past October!!! Thank you so much for the Thiox Primer.

xo

cfent said...

looks like spent dried up gelatin to me.

Karen Stiehl Osborn said...

I agree! Someone forgot about her gelatin plate until it was waaaaaay too late!

Gerrie said...

I agree! It is definitely old gelatin or gone bad gelatin.

Rayna said...

Yep. But how would you know unless you've done it, too?? It is as fossilized as old amber and I am thinking there must be something I can do with it...

Anonymous said...

I would use it to create a piece of jewelry--a truly unique piece, no doubt!

Happy Chanukah. Looking forward to making latkes with your recipe from last year.

Diane in PA

Karoda said...

until i read the answers, i was gonna say hardened wax. i also had a question to ask but not i forgot...oh, does discharge paste and thiox discharge differently...i can't use bleach at all but the discharge paste doesn't bother me one bit...does the thiox smell worst than the discharge paste?

Liz said...

Is this the same as the Jacquard discharge paste? I really must have a play with mine - I bought it over a year ago, hope it keeps!!