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Fullers Earth Powder

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The Traditional Fly Fishing Leader Sinkant & Degreasing

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Fishing with Style are pleased to offer the traditional fly fisherman the opportunity to purchase Fullers Earth powder in sealed 100gm containers and also in 1 kilo bulk packs.

Keeping up with tradition (and in view of the steady demise of the supply of Fullers Earth in local chemist shops which has been commented upon in many fishing journals of late) Fishing With Style are pleased to step into the breach and offer the traditional leader sinkant, in powder form ready to be mixed, to the fly fishing fraternity.

 More and more traditional fly fishermen are realising the cost saving in mixing their own sinkant.  If mixed correctly Fullers Earth provides one of the best natural methods of creating an effective and durable sinkant and one small tub can last all season.

Apart from the use listed above there is a growing demand world wide and we have supplied very fine Fullers Earth as an automotive brake degreasing agent, in the horse racing fraternity for horse leg injuries, for face masks, face packs, general degreasing, removing grease/oil from clothes and carpets, nappy rash and in theatrical use (dust for spooky films).  We have also supplied our Fullers Earth for removing (or should we say drawing) oil/grease/fat spills out of furniture and also from wooden and stone floors.  

Other  common uses include pet grooming - we have sold large quantities to dog and cat owners, especially long-haired varieties (of cats and dogs, not necessarily owners!!).  The powder is combed through the hair/fur and removes the grease making it silky.  It is also used to alleviate sore patches in the same way as it is with some human skin complaints.

The list of uses goes on - please let us know your uses!!!


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Mixing Instructions for Fullers Earth for Fishing

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United Kingdom Buyers

Price £5.50 per 100gms including postage and packing to the UK only

Price £12.50per  1 kilo in a plastic bag, boxed and including postage and packing to the UK only




European Buyers

Price £7.00 per 100gms including postage and packing to Europe



World Wide Buyers

Price £10.00per 100gms including postage and packing to the Rest of the World



The above prices are correct as at the last site update on 04/01/2018

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Mixing Instructions for Fullers Earth the Traditional Leader Sinkant

Fullers Earth Powder and degreasing

Simply mix a small quantity of Fullers Earth into a fine smooth paste with a good quality washing- up liquid and add a tiny drop of glycerine to stop it drying out.

Store the finished product in a 35mm film canister or a small airtight container.

Fullers Earth  - the Traditional Leader Sinkant

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Fullers Earth Mines in Kent

Fullers Earth is a stiff clay with a waxy appearance and it can be either blue, grey or yellow in colour. Like most clays, it is mostly made up of silicon and aluminium but it has traces of many other minerals. Its most useful property is that it is an efficient absorber in powder form. It gets the name from 'Fulling', which is the process of removing grease from woollen cloth. Kent used to be an important wool producer in the 17th century and Fullers Earth was required in great quantities by the Fulling Mills which processed the cloth. It was so valuable once that a law was passed banning its export and a London merchant was heavily fined in 1630 for sending some to Holland. It is now used in face care cosmetics, cat litter and to absorb agents used in Chemical Warfare.


The Kent industry was centred on Maidstone with deposits occurring in an area 9 miles long and 3 miles wide, from West Mailing to Leeds (Kent). There were once 13 Fulling Mills on the River Loose alone but by 1776 this had been reduced to only 1. The sites of these mills can be traced with a little research and one on the River Len has given its name to Fulling Mill Farm near Leeds. In this area, the Fullers Earth was found in beds up to 7ft thick but it was at a depth of 30ft, being underneath other strata. This made opencast quarrying uneconomical because a vast amount of material would have to be removed first and a large area would be required for the spoil tips. The method employed was to sink wide shafts down to the deposits which, after the Fullers Earth had been extracted, were abandoned. It is not known if horizontal workings led off from the shaft since the roof would require strong support and it was easier to sink another shaft. Underground mining for Fullers Earth did take place in Surrey, however, and it is possible that this was the local practice as well. The whole area would have been pitted with abandoned shafts and a report in 1790 (when the mining had almost died out) stated ‘ . . . there is a pit in work near Maidstone where a large space of ground has been worked over'. There was a brief period of reworking this century near Leeds and Grove Green but these were opencast sites.


In view of the age of the workings, present day remains are scant and consist only of hummocky ground where the shafts have been infilled and planted with trees. Near Barming, such areas occur at Oaken Wood and Fullingpits Wood. Near Grove Green, they can be found at Lower Fullingpits Wood and there were also others at Upper Fullingpits Wood until it was recently built upon. There are probably many more yet to be found. Grove Green was a much-worked area and the actual word 'Grove' was an old term for a mine. Much of the area is being built upon and sites are becoming obscured.


Some uses of Fullers Earth Powder we have found so far:


1. Just had a lady on the phone wanting Fullers Earth for her puppy's feet - she had been told to get it to stop him sliding all over the kitchen floor! 

2. Another lady just phoned wanting it to clean an antique suite which is currently stored in France.

3. One gentleman wanted it for cleaning/dusting his rabbits????

4. Just had a lady on the phone wanting FE urgently (like today!) for a mercury spillage from a thermometer.

5. I want to try putting it on a fur felt hat I own, to make it look more “used”.  It’s a technique used by a lot of Indiana Jones fans to make their fedoras look more like they’ve been through a desert.  Personally, I just want to make mine look more battered, so I guess that comes under the theatrical uses you already cited. Robin Manford

6, I breed and show pedigree cats (maine coons).  It is brilliant at removing greasy bits from coats.  Usually, pre-show, we bath, but to be honest, we dont always want to (and lets face it - the cats aren't always that keen!!) - and instead, if they are basically ok, but with slightly spiky coat, we work fullers earth into it, then after a bit -brush out.  Result is coat looks fabulous, and every particle comes out.  (we aren't allowed to show cats with powder in coat), also, it doesn't, surprisingly, stain the coat at all.

Like you fishermen, we have found it nigh on impossible to find fullers earth lately, so finding your site is a godsend, my last little bit (carefully eked out) has been used up... I was getting desperate!

So cheers, guys!  I am looking forward to my delivery... 1kg will go a along way split amongst myself and my friends.

Lynnette Cannell

7. One client uses it for gilding, she is a bookbinder

8. A gentleman has bought it from us as he is making a martial arts film and the powder is used on the hands and feet of the combatants during the fight scenes.  Nice one!

   9. Many thanks for sending my order which I received today.  I have been informed on a natural remedy info website that it heals Prickly Heat.  Apparently it is a well known effective treatment in Central Asia and they call it Multani Mutti.  You make a loose paste, apply to area and leave to dry for at least an hour, then wash off with cold water. The Prickly Heat should be gone the next day!

I can suffer really badly so I'm taking some away on hols just in case.  Gill Benjamin.  Comment received 9 July 2009




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