The Tussah silk scobby, silk thread scoby and wool roving scoby have been placed in a mold. The intention is that they will attach to each other and also take on the shape that they have been placed.
Date placed 14th April.
A week later... 21st April
Success - they did bond and dry holding the shape. Plus can be re-hydrated to grow more.
The scoby was placed in the tea and sugar on the 27th of March and left until the 14th or April. There was some contamination - but this has given an interesting result. The contamination could be due to adding materials/fibers to the scoby or it could be the environment that the scoby is growing in.
The scoby has grown around the silk thread and the end product before drying is roughly 3mm thick.
The contamination has turned out to be penicillin - and the two bacterias are networking - living together.
Other samples that were set up have not been as successful - these included synthetic threads and metallic threads. he successful samples have been with natural fibres.
Scoby that had a wool roving placed in the tea and sugar mixture. Not sure if the contamination came from the wool, but the result is very interesting. The scoby has good strength and was roughly 3mm thick after three weeks growth on tea and sugar. After photographing the growth that smelt like a fruit tea the growth was washed off the scoby - the result was a very interesting surprise - a rich marble pattern.
The Tussah silk and scoby is very thin and should probably grow for longer to make a thicker fabric.
One batch was contaminated and this has given a very interesting effect.
This sample is three weeks old.
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