Kettle-Bodied Linseed Oil (High Viscosity)
Kettle-Bodied Linseed Oil is a heat-bodied oil made from well-refined linseed oil from North American flax seeds that is cooked in closed kettles to make a stand oil of medium acid range. The color is better than oils obtained by conventional open-kettle cooking. For main uses and more product information see below
Stand oil is is heat treated and polymerized (thickened) oil. This heat-bodied oil is made from well-refined linseed oil from American flax seeds that is cooked in closed-kettles. Kettle-Bodied Linseed Oils are heat-polymerized oils made in closed-kettles. They are of medium acid range and light color. They give good gloss, flow, brushability, and low-yellowing characteristics compared to open-kettled, heat-bodied oils. Meets Federal Specification TT-L-201, Type 2.
Kettle-bodied linseed oil is a stand oil that gives gloss, brushabilty and low-yellowing characteristics when compared to other stand or bodied oils. Bodied oils form harder films than raw or refined linseed oil, including cold-pressed oil.
Add to oil paint to increase brushability, gloss, flow, and level out and hold out. Start with 10% and gradually increase to 30%. As you increase the proportion of bodied oil to oil paint or oil painting medium, you will experience more tackiness and drag while brushing and increased gloss in the dried paint film.
Adding large amounts of bodied oil may increase the tendency of oil paint to wrinkle (alligator). Adding as little as 10% by volume of bodied oil to painting mediums increases the viscosity of the medium and slows the drying time.
Use turpentine, spike oil or mineral spirits as the solvent for bodied oils and for brush and studio clean up.
Origin and History
The term "stand oil" is derived from the Dutch word that designated a drying oil heat treated and aged by standing in tanks. Later it applied to oils that were bodied by heat treating for prolonged periods in open kettles. Stand oil, invented in the 19th century, replaced Venice turpentine and sun-thickened linseed oil in artists' painting mediums. Stand oil leaves an enamel-like finish to paint. Bodied oils form harder films and yellow less than refined or raw linseed oils, including cold-pressed oils. The use of the term "stand oil" is antiquated since bodied oils today are processed differently than those in the 19th century.
Linseed oil is a yellowish drying oil derived from the dried ripe seeds of the flax plant (Linum usitatissimum, Linaceae).
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Health and Safety
There are no acute or known chronic health hazards associated with the anticipated use of this product (most chemicals are not fully tested for chronic toxicity). Always protect yourself against potentially unknown chronic hazards of this and other chemical products by keeping them out of your body. Do this by avoiding ingestion, excessive skin contact, and inhalation of spraying mists, sanding dusts and vapors from heating. Conforms to ASTM D-4236.
WARNING: Rags or paper towels contaminated with vegetable drying oils, particularly those containing iron oxide pigments are susceptible to spontaneous combustion. To prevent unexpected fires, used rags or paper towels contaminated with oil-based materials should be collected in a closable, air-tight container. Store water-dampened rags or paper towels in a metal container with an air-tight top. Alternately, washing contaminated rags will remove contaminating materials and eliminate risk.
For more information on how to handle artist's materials safely, please read How to Safely Handle Art Materials and Pigments.
For best results store in a cool, dry place tightly closed.
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