Living Ashes
ashes to ashes, dust to dust
March 2015

  One of the first controversies in the group—

First experiments. Making lye from birch tree ashes with two methods. The process has been started with traditional way of making soap. Or at least in Finland it was common to use birch tree ashes for the lye. First recipe

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Just some follow up for the thoughts on the source of ash in more detail, which we’ve discussed a bit in the skype meeting. I’m thinking about the transition between non-living to living, non-animated to semi-animated to animated, organic to

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Great work investigating the saponification process, Helena. You are right that there are many simple ways of producing the lye and then making soap by mixing this with a source of oil or fat. I have done this myself and

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I am interested in the message as to when does something become ‘something’, however I feel that by using the words ‘life’ and ‘death’ we are narrowing the scope and dividing life up in concrete terms of what is living

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Let’s talk about how can we make a lye solution with ashes and water. Wikipedia: “Historically, lye used in the cold process was made from scratch using rainwater and ashes. Soapmakers deemed the lye solution ready for use when an

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SAPONIFICATION Saponification is the chemical reaction responsible for the protocell behavior we have observed under the microscope with Martin, and also produces soap when done at larger scales. So saponification rocks! Definition Saponification is the reaction between lye (HO-) and

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I wanted to share some ideas I have in mind about the project. Saponification is the chemical reaction that causes the protocell behaviour that we observed with Martin experiments and when is produce in large scale it produces soap. Very

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