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It's my birthday! Well at least a significant one. 33 1/3!

Please save the date of February 18th. We will be having our annual Winter Blah party on that date. It'll be a fun nighttime party, we will be celebrating my 33 1/3 birthday. Theme is still TBD, but very possibly Vinyl (because of 33 1/3) or Gender as Art (think drag performances...)

No need to RSVP yet, although you certainly can. Invitations with more details will follow in the next few weeks.



Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Since you seem to know just about everything, I'm hoping you'll let me pick your brain for a second. I've got a velvet hat from the 40's that has had something spilled on it, I suspect it's old massage oil that has been dripping onto it for 2 years while it was badly stored. It's permeated the hat, and exteremly viscous. I've tried a hot white vinegar soak, lots of dish detergent, and scraping it with an ice scraper to get some of this crap out, but no avail. I'm likely going to soak it in fresh oil to see if that will lift it, and failing that as a last resort ammonia. I'd love if you had any other suggestions (there's more detail here http://www.livejournal.com/community/costuming/85131.html) I'd love to hear them.

also I think I got a link from a comment of your somewhere ages ago that had a good source of mica powders, it was a soapmaking company primarily, but offered pure micas in a range of sizes with a good description of what the sizes meant, and I believe it had some other cosmetic bases/fixatives as well. The link got lost when I got a new computer and I'm hoping you know exactly what I'm talking about?

Thanks for any help you might be able to give, and have a fabulous party!
Jan. 4th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: help?
gack! I would stop before you do something to kill the hat. If it really is oil then the only thing that will remove it is a chemical that will bind it to a solvent. Surfactants/detergents will do this with water. The dish soap may not have been strong enough.

Once an oil goes rancid it can be harder to emulsify. Tung and linseed will actually go hard which is why we use it to finish furnature. I would first start with a high HLB detergant and water as the solvent. Another good start would be Murphy's Oil Soap. It's basically saponified ricenoleoticacid (castor oil) Castor soap has additional solvent properties which is why we use it in liquid soaps. If the hat can stand to be in water for a few days I would apply Murphy's directly to the stain, agitate only enough to get the soap into the fabric and keep it damp for three or four days. This will take out blood that has gone through the dryer (it may take a few tries)

Water can remove the sizing in buckram so the hat may become floppy. There are spray fabric stiffeners but it may mess up the velvet so spray on the inside.

Another good solvent for oils (waxes expecially) is TCE1,1,1 Trichloroethelene is an industrial dewaxer and was one of the major chemicals used in dry cleaning. I don't know if it's still used but it's in some spot removers. I used to use it to strip shoe wax when I worked as a cobbler. Always do a spot test as it can strip some dyes. I have some if you want to try.

FNWL is the place to go for micas

Jan. 4th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Re: help?
have I told you yet that I love you? Thanks so much for the advice, I really should have thought of oil soap. The problem is that it's not just a spot, it's the entire hat that has been soaked with this gunk, and I mean soaked. It's sticky and stiff all the way through, it holds water very well it's so saturated. It's nice in a way as I really can't ruin it any further, so anything that might rescure it is worth a try.
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: help?
What better way to say I love you than with a bottle of Murphy's :)
Jan. 4th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: help?
nothing better to fix stiff and sticky after all...