How to make improved henna tattoos (experiental ingredients)

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This instructable will show you how to make temp tattoos using experimetal ingredients and natural ingredients, these tattoos last for about 2 days (using only natural ingredients) and up to 8 days (using both natural and experimental), depending on henna quality and preparation.

I will show you how to prepare henna paste (classic way) but we will mix to this paste a new ingredient (if you find it at drugstore) that will make it deep black on your skin for at last 2 days or maybe more.

People with skin problems, skin sensitive, wounds, scars, allergic to the ingredients do not use this instructable. (Also people in general read the disclaimer).

The material in this instructable is based on the author's investigations and experience, and is for educational and information purposes only and is not intended as medical or professional advice. Always see your doctor, health practitioner, and skin therapist before making any attempt to take your body in touch with any substance. How to make improved henna tattoos with cheap easy to find stuffis not a substitute for professional medical advice. The Author will not be liable or held responsible for injury, loss or damage to any person acting or failing to act as a result of any information or suggestion in this instructable, How to make improved henna tattoos with cheap easy to find stuff will not be held responsible for the conduct of other websites or companies that are suggested in this instructable.

Step 1: Ingredients

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1. Bottle of natural henna powder.

2. Lemon juice concentrate, or citric acid.

3. Pure olive oil.

4. Lavender lotion.

5. Bee Honey.

6. Silver Nitrate at 5%.
Since the ingredients used in this instructable are a large source of concern... I would advise checking out the henna page. They provide information on traditional henna, indigo, and harquus. The last one is linked, as it will provide many colors, including black. That's going to be the safest method available.
The bottle says "Read MSDS before using." Here's what I see in the MSDS for silver nitrate:

Very hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant) ... Hazardous in case of skin contact (permeator) ... Slightly hazardous in case of skin contact (corrosive). The amount of tissue damage depends on length of contact. ... Skin contact can produce inflammation and blistering. ... Prolonged exposure may result in skin burns and ulcerations.

So, NOT something I'd want to be putting in a paste that's meant to sit on my skin for a while.
Yeah I was surprised to see "silver nitrate" as an ingredient. Very hazardous indeed.
PS1186 years ago
I thought this was cool and decided to wiki this to see if a person could use this as some kind of photo emulsion (you know, stand in front of a projector and get a Bart Simpson henna tattoo). Turns out leaving Silver Nitrate on your skin for prolonged periods is a BAD IDEA:
beackmaniax (author)  PS1186 years ago
Silver nitrate only reacts with UV light, also you could apply it at night, and it will not react until morning with sun light. And in big amounts is dangerous, even natural henna in big amounts could cause allergic skin reactions.

You know... henna isn't an allergen for most people. I've seen bridal henna that goes from the fingertips to the upper arms and from the toes to the thighs. That's considered "big amounts" for sure, but none of those brides ever had an allergic reaction.

However, silver nitrate is dangerous for EVERYbody, so why you're recommending it when you can get gorgeous, long-lasting stains using fresh henna, lemon juice, sugar, and a little lavender oil is beyond me. Just because it only reacts to UV light does NOT mean it's safe for putting on your skin, especially not when you have to leave the henna paste on for at least three hours to get a lasting stain.
chamaline5 years ago
Sliver Nitrate is not necessary for excellent  henna stains. Excellent henna stains are achieved using pure, fresh, quality henna powder, tea, water, or lemon juice and quality essential oils.
matroska5 years ago
 That's some super sweet professional disclaimer.
2tautges5 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_nitrate#Safety check this out, this shows how potentially dangerous this substance can be. THIS SHOULD NOT BE USED ON SKIN!!!!!!
eyerobot5 years ago
This would be a good way for aspiring tattoo artists to practice, I'm a little leery of these chemicals though.
MUNCHINE5 years ago
lemonie6 years ago
You need to use your own images - Googling for them is not appropriate, using ones that are watermarked to someone else's website is "non-on" at all. L
beackmaniax (author)  lemonie6 years ago
Yes you are right, I removed that image.
If you're doing your own tattoos, we'd really like to see your stuff y'know - people would be interested. To save on the other comment 5% w/v is 5g in 100ml volume (that's finished volume, not what you start with) L
lemonie6 years ago
Also, I don't understand your image notes on the bottle of silver nitrate from Salt Lake Metals - what do you understand 5% to mean?

beackmaniax (author)  lemonie6 years ago
It is the amount of pure silver nitrate mixed with distillated water, that you need to have ( it means you need to have 5% silver nitrate and 95% distillated water). more poesentaje of nitrate could cause skin damage.
What do you mean by the image notes "It needs to be at 5%" "This one is not at 5%, even it is not in liquid state as you can see"? This is not explained very well, e.g. how exactly would you make a 5% solution (quantities / volumes)? L
beackmaniax (author)  lemonie6 years ago
When you go to the drugstore ask for (silver nitrate solution to 5%). They will give you 5 parts of silver nitrate disolved in 95 parts of destilled water.
No they don't. I know how to make a 5% solution, I don't believe that you do. L
jehan6 years ago
you can just use silver nitrate and water, the more water you add the fainter it is. It can last up to 2 weeks this way. It is clear though so you need lines to follow.