Today we're gonna check the poles and kettle needed for ecoprint.
First of all, any pole which can stand the heat will do ;-). The thicker, the better.
Remember, we are going to wind the fabric around the pole. If it is too thin, too many layers of fabric will prevent the ironsulfate and the heat to get to the innerside.
Wooden pools from a broom work fine, please let them soak for a few days to get them heavy. You might even soak them in iron sulfate (causing the black colour) so you have a inner source of iron to bring to your fabric when boiling.
Branches with or without bark also work fine, providing a more natural and rough result.
The tannin in the bark will also play a role in the process.
Square bars will also work but you will notice the side fold, especially if the bars keep floating in the kettle.
We really need to boil our leafs into the fabric for 2 to 3 hours, so, find a pot/kettle for this special purpose as you cannot use it afterwards for food-cooking!!!
I use a 'weckkettle' (don't know how it is called in english), which has a thermostat, useful when it has to cook for 1 or 2 hours.
Ofcourse a rice cooker will do as well but it is very small. And any other big pot on the fire will do, like this old copperpot:
Actually any pot will do but it is hard to control the permanent cooking in a regular pot:
(A kitchen full of smoke made my husband decide to ban me permanently from the kitchen ;-). That's were the 'weckkettle' came in.