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A coarse, soft rubbery material. Factice is made by vulcanizing vegetable oil (rapeseed, linseed, or soybean) with 10-30% Sulfur for several hours at 175C to produce a dark elastomeric polymer. Alternatively, sulfur chloride can be used for room temperature vulcanization to produce a lighter color product. Factice is used for erasers and other soft rubber goods.

Synonyms and Related Terms

vulcanized oil

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • E.Estabrook "Considerations of the Effect of Erasers on Cotton Fabric" JAIC 28:79-96, 1989