In my quest to bring more ecological sensitivity to my own arts and crafts practice, I started considering alternatives to commercially available crafting paints. I was looking for paints that would be practical replacements for use in my professional crafting. I'm not talking about making tie dyed papers out of shaving cream and food coloring. That's tremendous fun, but it may not result in the kind of product that I can offer for sale because I don't know how colorfast the end result will be.In the context of the official product label, "non-toxic" is intended to mean that if your child accidentally ingests some of it, she won't get sick, and there is no need for alarm. The assumption is that the quantity available for ingestion is only as was in the purchased container, labeled for consumer use. That is to say, your toddler isn't drinking a barrel of the stuff. Is milk paint non-toxic? I can't help feeling that a child swallowing a mouthful of curdled milk and borax might feci woozy afterwards.Dr. Woodhall Stopford (whose impressive list of published toxicology research studies covers pages and pages .... and pages) examines how formulations might be expected to affect a one-year-old child, including considering allergies. Cost is not considered to be a factor. The testers make a distinction between "acute" and "chronic" effects and look at every ingrethent singly and in combination before being willing to award their AP (Approved Product) certification seal.
Crafting for a Greener World alarm bells went off yet again. I suppose that most people would not be sensitive to non-toxic powdered pigments – but then most people in my textiles class did- n’t have any problem with the diazo dyes. Finally, considering the price of milk these days, I decided to give a rain check to the milk paint project. James H. Coburn What Does “Non-toxic” Mean Anyway? By Robyn Coburn In the context of the official product label, “non-toxic” is intended to mean that if your child accidentally ingests some of it, she won’t get sick, and there My Search for Safer Art Materials is no need for alarm. The assumption is that the quantity available for ingestion is I n 1987, I walked into the textiles lab at the University of Wollongong School of Creative Arts, excited to learn all I In my quest to bring more ecological sensitivity to my own arts and crafts practice, I started considering alterna- only as was in the purchased container, labeled for consumer use. That is to say, your toddler isn’t drinking a barrel of the could about fiber arts. I was especially tives to commercially available crafting stuff. Is milk paint non-toxic? I can’t excited by the first semester curriculum, paints. I was looking for paints that help feeling that a child swallowing a which would include dye techniques that would be practical replacements for use mouthful of curdled milk and borax I expected to be intensely useful to me as in my professional crafting. I’m not talk- might feel woozy afterwards. a costume and set designer. ing about making tie dyed papers out of The American Society of Testing and I learned a lot about dyeing cloth and shaving cream and food coloring. That’s Materials (ASTM) mandates the specific yarns but, after one semester, I was tremendous fun, but it may not result in tests for ascertaining the toxicity of all driven out of the textiles lab by what the kind of product that I can offer for materials used by consumers and indus- turned out to be a sensitivity to diazo dye sale because I don’t know how colorfast try. The Annual Book of ASTM Stan- powders. Despite following all the man- the end result will be. dards is eighty volumes and contains dated safety protocols, including dust One kind of permanent and durable over twelve thousand standards. The masks while measuring and precision paint that is suitable for porous surfaces ASTM mandates labeling of art supplies weighing the powders, and very thor- is milk paint. Casein, the milk protein, is with different levels of safety informa- ough clean-up procedures, I spent the the binder that holds the pigment.
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