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In the previous post I talked about using calsolene oil. Now here is another curious thing. I have made several pieces using Terra Cotta dye and they have always turned out fine. I recently dyed some gauze with the Terra Cotta using one and a half teaspoons of calsolene oil. Here is a photograph of how it turned out. Not Terra Cotta by any means.
Now here's a photograph of one I made this week without any additives at all - no calsolene.
Is there a chemist out there who can tell me what properties calsolene oil has and why it seemed to eliminate the orange component of Terra Cotta? The first one is a nice enough color, but it can't be advertised as Terra Cotta nor can it be sold to a customer who requests that color.
The more I work with silk and dye the more fascinated I become with the chemistry.