|For testing purposes, the plain-jane|
containers will have to do
it is always necessary to make more mixture than the pencil-casing will hold. For a thin pencil (2ml), at least 5ml of mixture is needed, and for a fat pencil (5ml), at least 10ml is needed. The leftover is usually scraped out of the beaker and thrown away, but this time I decided to remelt it and experiment a little to try and create a texture soft enough to be used as an 'old fashioned' eyeliner (to be applied with a brush). To soften the mixture, I added a bit of jojoba, then poured it into a small jar and let it stand overnight to settle. It turned out too soft and the color wasn't opaque enough any more. Remelting everything and adding a bit of palm wax (to stiffen the mixture back up a bit) and more pigment did the trick. Result? Five ml of the perfect texture! Yay!.....oh, dear!
So What's The Problem?
Because the entire mixture was re-melted, re-poured, and had new ingredients added, I can't be sure of the exact amount of each ingredient in the final batch. You always loose some of the mixture as it is transferred (remember this is a thick substance that stiffens fairly quickly) so, even though I was careful to write everything down, the formula can't possibly be 100% accurate. If this turns out to be the eyeliner of the century, I am going to be hard-pressed to duplicate it.