Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Millersburg, PA
Wow... can I just say how awesome and fun this stuff is? I made my first batch the other night! At first, I had to choke back some vomit, but I got over it after a few minutes.
I'm too lazy to go back in the thread, but I think there were mentions of it setting up a bit fast to work with in smaller quantities? I just wanted to share that I made a mere few tablespoons of it for my first batch and used a very simple and effective solution. Basically, a double boiler. Similar to how you would work with delicate and difficult chocolates.
I put the kettle on to get some water boiling and then prepared a plastic dish for both mixing and molding, and then a bowl beneath it. Once the water boiled, I put the correct amount of water in the plastic container and poured the rest into my bottom bowl. Then, I placed my plastic dish inside of the bowl of hot water as I dumped the correct amount of powder in to mix. Even with such a small amount of product, the hot water surrounding my dish was perfect to keep the mixture liquid for as long as I wanted. Once it was mixed to my liking, I lifted the plastic dish out of the bowl and left the dish on the counter to set up. It set up very quickly and it wasn't long before I was able to slide the solid slab of gel out of the dish. Since I mixed and molded in the same container, there was zero waste.
I couldn't be happier! It was SO fun!