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    Posted by g.plexico on March 21, 2024 at 3:34 pm

    I am a tattoo artist, trying to create a formula for a stencil transfer solution to make and sell within my industry. I am by no means a chemist or formulator in any way. Just trying to do a little DIY and make a little side money in my industry. I am currently working on two formulas, I have tried Carbomer 940 as a gelling agent, and recently found out about its lack of tolerance with chemicals. I have gotten a sample of Sepimax Zen as an alternative but wanted to ask for some advice before embarking on a long road of trial and error.

    Both formulas are 8 oz. The first formula is 50% water, 25% vegetable glycerin, 25% witch hazel. These are all water soluble ingredients so I mixed them together and sprinkled Sepimax in and let hydrate for 8 hours, one mix had .5% and another 1%. Neither would gel when stirred after 8 hours. Do I need more Sepimax, or a different technique?

    Second formula I haven’t tried with the Sepimax yet, but have with Carbomer 940 and just looking for tips before trying it. The formula is one stick of speed stick deodorant melted; roughly 3 oz, 4 oz aloe vera gel, 2 oz hand sanitizer. What should I look out for or adjust using this formula with Sepimax Zen?

    Thanks you. Any help is immensely appreciated.

    ChemistGuy replied 1 month ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Microformulation

    March 22, 2024 at 7:23 am

    I would like to suggest, without intending any offense, that engaging
    the services of a Chemist could greatly benefit your project. Upon
    reviewing your process, I have identified significant gaps and potential
    challenges that could be effectively addressed by someone with broader
    expertise in chemistry. Engaging a Chemist is a prudent step towards
    enhancing efficiency and resolving any issues encountered. It is
    important to note that my expertise does not extend to performing
    tattoos and as such I leave that to people with relevant experience such as yourself.

    • g.plexico

      March 22, 2024 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you for your reply. The formula will not have anything to do with the actual tattoo process. It is just a formula for a stencil application gel. It is just for the purpose of putting the stencil on the skin, before the tattoo is applied and skin is broken.

      My concern is just wondering why the Sepimax Zen isn’t gelling when I’m formulating these mixes.

      • ChemistGuy

        March 22, 2024 at 10:55 pm

        The reason is not gelling is because it’s not dispersing properly, meaning it’s not getting together with the solvents, so increase the rate of speed to let it disperse properly.

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