There are a few different methods breastmilk jewelry artists use to preserve breastmilk.
I’ve been making breastmilk jewelry since 2014, and I’d like to proudly mention right here that I was one of the first breastmilk jewelry artists in the world. That’s why they call me The Breastmilk Queen! When I first started out, I researched and experimented like crazy. If you’re thinking of turning your hand at breastmilk jewelry but you don’t know how to preserve breastmilk yet, let me save you some time. I’m proud to present to you a list of breastmilk preservation methods that DO NOT WORK.
Mixing formaldehyde with breastmilk – ekk so damn dangerous!! It doesn’t work and it’s completely unsafe
Dehydrating breastmilk in the oven or food dehydrator
Mixing breastmilk really quickly into resin
Mixing talcum baby powder, cornflour and/or citric acid with breastmilk – hell no what a goopy disgusting mess
Adding Optiphen or Optiphen plus and letting it “cure”
Pasteurizing the breastmilk, e.g heating it at high temperatures
Adding frozen breastmilk to resin
Dancing naked under a full moon before swirling the breastmilk several times and chanting magical words in front of a bonfire, your firstborn child and a baby goat
No, none of these things will preserve breastmilk into a state where it can be combined with resin. You’re welcome.
So how CAN you preserve breastmilk for jewelry?
Well, throughout my own research and experimenting, I’ve developed my own breastmilk preservation method. This is what I do.
Instructions for preserving breastmilk
- Put on gloves.
- Heat 5 ml of breastmilk or breastmilk substitute in a pan, or using the double boiler method. Pan, heat the 5mls on a low heat setting. Refrain from using flame heating sources unless you are using the right pan and have the right experience heating breastmilk or milk substitute. Heating too hard or too quickly might cause milk to split, burn or curdle; the chances of this happening are increased on flame heat sources. Please heat slowly and in a pan that heats evenly. Double boiler, its actually very simple to create a make-shift double boiler using items you already have in your kitchen! To create a double boiler, you will need a saucepan and a shallow, heat safe mixing bowl. The mixing bowl should fit over the saucepan so that the outer edge of the bowl touches the upper edges of the saucepan ( to create a “seal” that will trap steam within the saucepan) and there will be several inches between the bottom the bowl. This is so that there is room to add water to the saucepan without that water touching the bowl. A double boiler allows us to heat the breastmilk or milk substitute using indirect heat ( steam) rather than direct heat from stove.
- Once the breastmilk or milk substitute is heated through (this does not take long) and add 1 sachet of Milky Mama Magic Dust.
- Stir slowly until the Milky Mama Magic Dust mixes with the breastmilk or milk substitute, forming a thick paste. Keep your low heat setting on. This heat is required for the necessary chemical reactions to occur and for the preserving powder to bond to the breastmilk or milk substitute molecules.
- Remove pan from heat once the appropriate thickness of paste has formed.
- Remove the paste from the pan and spread it onto non-stick (baking) paper.
- Allow this paste to dry for 24 hours in an area that is covered and safe from prying hands, falling dust, dirt and so on.
- Remove the dried breastmilk or milk substitute paste from the baking paper and crush finely ( like baby powder ) with a mortar & pestle.
- Keep preserved breastmilk or milk substitute in labelled milk storage bags.
If you’re a curious, crafty mom who wants to learn more about making breastmilk jewelry, and you want access to Milky Mama Magic Dust aka breastmilk preserving powder click here to enrol in my online breastmilk jewelry e-course.
And if you’re a breastmilk jewelry artist using a shitty, time-consuming, unreliable or expensive breastmilk preservation method, you should enrol too! If you want to work with breastmilk, who better to learn with than The Breastmilk Queen??