I am an oil painter.
I have a process to make an oil medium (what you mix into oil paints to make them more pliable).
This process adds Manganese and makes the oil paint dry super fast (one to three days!) The old masters used this method. This is a big deal for oil painters because the oil-paint drying time is phenomenal! Also, it is thought to be non-toxic. Many oil painting mediums are very toxic so this is a huge bonus.
Here is the process:
1. Fill a mason jar with 1" water.
2. Add 7 tablets of manganese 10mg tablets (Manganese gluconate). This is a dietary supplement.
3. Add safflower oil (Lou Ann safflower oil is very light yellow, not dark) to fill the jar until it is almost full.
4. Shake every day for 2 weeks. Leave top off for air. Let the sun cook it every day.
At this point the manganese stays pretty much in the water at the bottom of the mixture. It makes a white gunky material. When you shake the jar it turns the whole thing milky white for a while, then it separates back out.
5. After 2 weeks have passed, filter (using a coffee filter) and pour into an open glass bowl.
6. Let sun cook it every day. Stir once a day.
7. After a week it is almost clear and can be used to mix with oil paints, which will dry super fast.
I think the safflower oil could be substituted with any type of vegetable oil. We use safflower oil because it turns almost clear after the sun bleaches it. I am also assuming the step of placing it into a bowl is to help evaporate all the water out.
1. But what exactly is the process making?
2. Is there a way to speed up the process?
Any help appreciated! Any ideas?