Your forum has been really valuable so far, thankyou for sharing . I hope I can contribute with a project I want to start soon.
I’m about to do a couple of mycelium material grows and wanted to run my plan by you for any expert tips!
I hope to make as best a “mushroom skin” as I can, using the little equipment/materials I have access to.
So here it goes:
- Two species in mind: a pleurotus sp. and G.Lucidum (I have the option to also test trametes versicolour, but I have read that it is very hard and tough…) - preferably just 1 species, which would be reishi
- Substrate: hardwood sawdust in bags
-> Once bags are colonised, I crumble (or blend?? - maybe to risky?) the mycelium into thin trays and cover for recolonisation. I assume this is a crucial part to improve “skin-like” properties via additives. Preferably 5 trays (same species/substrate), one control, 4 different additives. Thickness of tray ~1cm (as I hope to heat press end results to ~1-2mm).
==> Additives to the tray (at what stage(s)?): PEG equivalent (eg natural emolients shea/cocoa butter) and/or glucose sprayed on with water mix (light spray every day for a thin layer of moisture??), boiled used latex gloves or plastic bags (chopping up etc…)
==> Any other ideas for accessible additives that I should try to increase elasticity? Waste cotton from local elastic textiles is also an option, such as used stockings or underwear lining.
- Once the tray is colonised into a thin mycelium layer, I will try a a couple of post-treatments such as: 1) a 48hour soak in glycerin then a low temp bake 2) a heat press
- If there are noticeable leather/skin-like properties at this stage I’d be happy , and if so, I would like to try some further coatings, such as oils, and also flexural and tensile tests to get as thin and skin-like as possible and get results.
Any advice would be so helpful!
Peace out mushies,