[alt-photo] Re: Gum solution help needed

Loris Medici mail at loris.medici.name
Sun Aug 8 13:47:17 GMT 2010

  FWIW, formalin indeed preserve the gum solution, BUT, you have to use 
it up relatively quickly: Formalin will evaporate slowly, to the point 
of not being able to protect your solution - especially true in case 
there's a little remainder solution in a large container. At least 
that's my experience...

Therefore, my preference is towards dry / soluble preservators. I 
personally use sodium benzoate, but aspirin looks definitely very 
interesting - especially for people who don't want to purchase / stock 
an extra chemical (such as thymol + alcohol or sodium benzoate or the 
dangerous mercuric chloride) in order to preserve their gum solutions. 
(E.g. students, workshop participants et. al. ...)

Thanks Philippe.


08.08.2010 15:35, John Brewer yazmış:
> I use 15ml formaldehyde to 1 litre of gum.
> J.
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> henk thijs
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> Subject: [alt-photo] Re: Gum solution help needed
> Just wondering about Philippes suggestion: an aspirine i.s.o. formaldehyde
> or equivalent.
> If so, how much? Is one 500 mg tablet enough for one liter gum?

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