Forums > Photography Talk > Glycerine and water mix for wet look

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ThomasBlanchardFineArt

Posts: 223

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I've read this mixture is better than just water.   Anyone know how much glycerine I would add to water?  Ratio?   

Thanks!
Tom

Nov 09 12 05:30 am Link

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Stanley L Moore

Posts: 1679

Houston, Texas, US

I used to use half and half. But two thirds water and one third glycerine works fine. I find it best to keep the water warm because many models are uncomfortable when cold spray hits them.

Nov 09 12 05:54 am Link

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elsep

Posts: 21

Novo mesto, Jugovžodna Slovenija, Slovenia

I mix in ratio 1:1 (1 part of water, 1 part of glycerine). But I prefer using tan lotion in spray where's already some glycerine, smells good and isn't so greasy as glycerine-water solution is. But is still very stable and drops on skin won't slip down so easily.

Nov 09 12 05:56 am Link

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GM Photography

Posts: 6111

Olympia, Washington, US

50/50

Nov 09 12 06:01 am Link

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KMP

Posts: 4834

Houston, Texas, US

I've found that if the drops move too much or slide down, a higher percentage of glycerine will slow it down a bit.   

I like a mix closer to 1/3 water 2/3 glycerine.  A very fine mister works best for me too.
But experimenting is the only way to get what you want.
Thankfully, glycerine is cheap.

Nov 09 12 06:04 am Link

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G M Bacci Photography

Posts: 180

MARSTONS MILLS, Massachusetts, US

I mix 2/3 glycerine to water I also add green food coloring it really helps the drops pop

Nov 09 12 09:18 am Link

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Dan Brady

Posts: 610

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Be careful man. Otherwise you'll never be alone. Buy you'll be alone all the time.

Nov 09 12 09:43 am Link

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Downtown Pro Photo

Posts: 1561

Crystal Lake, Illinois, US

Most of the time I go with 1:1.  On occasion I mix in a bit more glycerin if it's moving too fast.
Keep the bottle warm if you're spraying models, keeps them happier than cold spray.

Nov 09 12 10:55 am Link

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ThomasBlanchardFineArt

Posts: 223

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Thanks for the all the replies!   I'm giving it a go at 50/50 and see how it works.   Appreciate the reminder on keeping the water warmed smile    Tom

Nov 09 12 01:21 pm Link

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You Can Call Me Pierre

Posts: 763

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I prefer a freezing cold mix to get more goose bumps.
smile

Nov 09 12 01:29 pm Link

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Stanley L Moore

Posts: 1679

Houston, Texas, US

gl-amour wrote:
I prefer a freezing cold mix to get more goose bumps.
smile

Yeah and the models flinch and get a look in their eyes that is maybe OK fora guy you wantto look tough but on a female it is counterproductive.

Nov 09 12 07:10 pm Link

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You Can Call Me Pierre

Posts: 763

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Piloerection looks fantastic as a state of arousal.  Besides I have a 2000 watt luminaire to keep their core warm while stimulating the integumentary system.
wink

Nov 09 12 07:21 pm Link

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Charger Photography

Posts: 1726

San Antonio, Texas, US

G M Bacci Photography wrote:
I mix 2/3 glycerine to water I also add green food coloring it really helps the drops pop

interesting.. do you have a sample pic so I can see the effect?

Nov 09 12 07:23 pm Link

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David Scott

Posts: 5601

Marion, Iowa, US

I actually use extra virgin olive oil (rubbed on skin) then spray with water.  Been working for me.  One photo in my profile was done with that combo.

Nov 09 12 07:25 pm Link

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Charger Photography

Posts: 1726

San Antonio, Texas, US

David Scott wrote:
I actually use extra virgin olive oil (rubbed on skin) then spray with water.  Been working for me.

Virgin Oil stinks.. sad

Nov 09 12 07:26 pm Link

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David Scott

Posts: 5601

Marion, Iowa, US

Charger Photography wrote:

Virgin Oil stinks.. sad

Really? Odd. I just opened up the bottle and I could barely smell anything. And I've done it multiple times, never heard anyone mention anything about smell.  Like I said, works for me. smile

Nov 09 12 07:31 pm Link

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Stanley L Moore

Posts: 1679

Houston, Texas, US

Baby oil is fine, especially the gel or cream varieties. It smells good. Olive oil can go rancid. Some folks swear by cooking spray but some models have told me it sometimes irritates the skin. Then I spray with the glycerin and water mix.

Nov 09 12 07:52 pm Link

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WCR3

Posts: 1134

Houston, Texas, US

A bit off topic maybe, but where to you all buy glycerine? I've tried a couple of major drug chains (Walgreens, CVS) here in Houston and neither carry it.

Nov 09 12 08:36 pm Link

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Connor Photography

Posts: 6676

Elkton, Maryland, US

Wal-mart

Nov 09 12 08:46 pm Link

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rfordphotos

Posts: 4962

Antioch, California, US

WCR3 wrote:
A bit off topic maybe, but where to you all buy glycerine? I've tried a couple of major drug chains (Walgreens, CVS) here in Houston and neither carry it.

If no where else, Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004C7 … d_i=507846

Nov 09 12 09:09 pm Link

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Stanley L Moore

Posts: 1679

Houston, Texas, US

WCR3 wrote:
A bit off topic maybe, but where to you all buy glycerine? I've tried a couple of major drug chains (Walgreens, CVS) here in Houston and neither carry it.

Amazon is your friend.

Nov 09 12 09:28 pm Link

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Herman Surkis

Posts: 9087

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

gl-amour wrote:
I prefer a freezing cold mix to get more goose bumps.
smile

Works as well as ice cubes on nipples.

Nov 10 12 12:46 am Link

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Trevor Martin

Posts: 518

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Uh, this may sound weird, but a Makeup Artist/Model I've worked with uses personal lubricant. You know, the water based type you buy from the pharmacy (Drug Store in US). It's clean, safe, wipes/washes off easily and gives a great wet look
smile

Nov 14 12 04:16 am Link

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Flick

Posts: 1581

London, England, United Kingdom

60 per cent Glycerin
40 per cent Nitric Acid.
Mix carefully.





Whoops, wrong recipe ;-)

Nov 14 12 08:03 am Link

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alessandro cecconi

Posts: 164

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Charger Photography wrote:

Virgin Oil stinks.. sad

cheap one or expired one... real olive oil smells delicious

Nov 14 12 01:41 pm Link

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Stanley L Moore

Posts: 1679

Houston, Texas, US

alessandro cecconi wrote:

cheap one or expired one... real olive oil smells delicious

Easpecially when sauteed with a bit of garlic, olives, and anchovy then tossed with angel hair pasta and sprinkled with Parmesan.

Nov 14 12 04:10 pm Link