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Shearing sheep lovely soft hands how do I extract from wool

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 10:12 pm    Post subject: Shearing sheep lovely soft hands how do I extract from wool  Reply with quote    

Hi, hope you can help me, my son and I have been shearing sheep for the first time and have really soft hands and arms and wondered if there is some way of extracting the waxy substance that makes your hands so soft to use as a hand cream. Anyone any ideas? Thanks

nettie



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Must be the lanolin? I'm sure someone here must know! Good luck, guest

nettie



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 05 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh by the way have just done a search and it looks like it's got something to do with urine

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 05 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got a Roman method here somewhere (Dioscorides)- may take me until I get into work tomorrow to dig the book out, but basically if I recall correctly you just soaked the fleece in hot water to float the lanolin off, then you have to separate any dirt from the lanolin by repeated 'churning' in water with your hands to give a white hydrous lanolin paste. Otherwise, just spin in the grease and you'll get the benefit of the lanolin whilst you process your fibres.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 05 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In the River cottage sries, HFW used stale urine (ammonia ?) to remove the lanolin when making felt.
Dave.

nettie



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 05 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think the thing with that, is that the wool was the desired end product rather than the lanolin. Not sure how you would remove the urine from the lanolin?

Gertie



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 05 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used to enjoy shearing, your hands do go really soft - but the smell is another thing

Sally-in-Wales seems to have the right idea for removing the lanolin from wool.

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