During the South West Funga Fest, there was a class on making Reishi Mycelial Bowls and cups lead by the Colorado based artist Chad from Me&Myco.
The benefits of mycelial material is that they have an R value of about 6, so they are insulative and lightweight.
The material is also flame retardent.
The Pieces that were more yellowish in color were made of sawdust, the others were made of a hemp substrate. Some of these have a gazing coating as well.
And Holding it, it was rather light weight. Almost an ideal material for building and use. This material also has strong acoustic properties.
Many companies are researching and working with Myceliated materials, from leather to paneling, to flooring and lighting.
Another related mention is that mycelial fabric is conductive and can be used as temperature sensors and more electronic applications.
You can grow reishi or ganodermis with Coffee beans, or rice.
So for the class, we listened to the process
Things you might need;
-a clean work surface,
-a bag of mycelium, Reishi with Master mix was used,
-Stocking or textile (like a cheesecloth)
-Get a mix of glour, guargum, and selium to help activate and bond the Mycelium
-A lot of hydrogen peroxide was used to help kill some bacteria, spraying generously outside and inside the bag. A mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide with water was used. The cool part is that the hydrogen peroxide turns into water in the bag.
-alcohol for sterilization of things, be careful not to spray the mycelium
-Another plastic bag and zip ties.
A Myceliated bag of Reishi and grains was used. Break up the bag of mycelium.
Pour the Mix in the bag. Shake up or mix the materials in the bag.
Take the stocking, cut one end, tie it, and then pour the mycelium in the stocking/textile. Be very generous.
Soak the stocking with hydrogen peroxide.
Make sure you have a clean plastic bag, put the bowl in a plastic bag.
Then form the stocking into your desired shape, or a bowl. You can use a clean mason jar, put the mason jar bottom down and in the middle, and finesse the material over the jar to take shape like a bowl.
Spray more hydrogen peroxide, flip the bag upside down, spray more. Essentially you want the bowl to be upside down.
Zip tie it shut.
The ideal temperature is 75 ish degrees for growing this, if using Reishi.
It’ll white out and you can flip it. It should take about a month depending on the strain or species of mushroom you are growing. Then you can seal it with mod podge glazing or some other sealant to help it retain shape.
There was a cool class where people got to make their own cups or bowls. There was a teacher there and she mentioned she would be teaching her class this, so that was really cool.
I sort of abbreviated and took notes of the major steps, hopefully it was enough to get people there.
If you have further questions, the people to ask would be over at Me&Myco and you can give them a follow and reach them on Instagram.