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UPDATE – Fr. Z’s Kitchen and Sacristy: Starching a linen corporal to a glassy finish

A while back I posted about starching corporals (the square linen cloth that rests on the altar upon which the priest places the chalice and hosts to be consecrated) to a glassy finish.   That’s how I got used to them in Rome.  That finish makes it very easy to spot and, with the paten, to lift particles of a Host.

Since I first posted about this, I found a different olive oil soap without any pigment.  I’ll add a touch of bluing to the next batch of starch soap slime (SSS) I make.

In any event, under that other post, one of the commentators (a Dominican as it turns out) said that “simple liquid starch is fine”.

Last night I tried that “simple liquid starch”.

Results?

Not bad, but not as good as the SSS method.   It’s certainly easier to use the liquid starch but it isn’t as good.  Perhaps good enough for the Dominican Rite?   o{];¬)  

This was once a purificator, I think, but it got transformed into a corporal. It is the right size for my travel vestments burse.

What I’m wondering… what would happen if I heated the liquid starch and added the olive oil soap.

Hmmmm….

In any event, since I have now an abundance of starch, I’m adding some for my linen collars.

Priestcraft.

 

 

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