Today's postings

  1. [Baren 25174] Re: Baren Digest (old) V27 #2667 (Mike Lyon)
  2. [Baren 25175] methyl cellulose (Cucamongie #
  3. [Baren 25176] congrats and thanks (Cucamongie #
  4. [Baren 25177] methyl cellulose ("Matt Laine")
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Message 1
From: Mike Lyon
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 11:15:30 -0500
Subject: [Baren 25174] Re: Baren Digest (old) V27 #2667
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Sharri wrote:
>A looong time ago someone mentioned using methylcellulose in place of rice
>paste, the main advantage being that there would be no mold. ... Sooo,
>does anyone know of a good reason for not using it?

No reason not to use it, that I know of... It's naturally archival, as are
the other plant-based glues like wheat starch paste, rice starch paste,
etc, it will 'spoil' just like rice paste unless it's preserved
somehow... methylcellulose is more mucous-like than rice paste and I don't
like it as well, but otherwise ought to work about the same -- I think it's
the main ingredient in the much-discussed-on-Baren "YES" paste. also see

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
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Message 2
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 19:57:06 -0400
Subject: [Baren 25175] methyl cellulose
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Matt, any place that has handmade-book type supplies should have methyl cellulose. By the way, after mixing it, I always keep in the fridge when not using it, keeps it fresh a long time that way.

best wishes
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Message 3
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 20:56:05 -0400
Subject: [Baren 25176] congrats and thanks
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congrats to April and Ray on your successes - April, I'm sure you'll have some wonderful adventures while in Japan, and Ray, I'm sorry I'm not in the neighborhood of the Aleutian Islands to check out your show, it's sure to be wonderful, and I look forward to seeing images when they go online.

Thanks folks for your nice words to me also. FYI, there are now some shots up on the gallery website of my current solo show, including a couple of installation shots. It's hard to get a total sense of it (the gallery is filled with about 60 works including drawings, prints and sculpture) but you can get an idea! For NYC folks, it's up til June 17 if you want to stop by.

Here's the site.

all the best,
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Message 4
From: "Matt Laine"
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 08:31:04 -0400
Subject: [Baren 25177] methyl cellulose
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Thanks to all who replied to my query -- nice to know there are helping hands at the ready. Thank you.
Matt Laine