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HomeMade Hand Warmers

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Are Your Hands Always Cold In The Winter.Why Not Make The Best Hand Warmers In The World.So Good That You'll Make More Than One Set.
 
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Step 1:

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While my dad and I were working on a project that dealt with melting plastic.We found out that plastic holds heat for a long period of time.So I decided to make a cheap and effective pair of hand warmers.After making the hand warmers I heated one of them up for five minutes.Which held heat for 30 minutes on the back of someone neck and the hand warmer was only half full.


Supplies you will need:
sewing kit(needle and thread)
scissors
fabric
plastic BB's
funnel

Step 2:

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Cut fabric into two 8x10 inche pieces.Then fold the fabric in half,so when you sew it i'll make a pouch.To make the pouch you have to sew the fabric inside out,but only sew it three quaters of the way.Then flip the pouch rightside out.

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Next use you funnel to put in the opening of your pouch.You can get BB's at some of the flee markets,At far Eastern Imports,or anywhere that sell airsoft guns.For this project you don't have to have expensive BB's cheap ones work just as good.

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The final step is to sew the last part of your pouch so the BB's don't fall out.Then all you have to do is heat then up and enjoy.You can heat them on a heater or by a camp fire but watch them carefully because if the BB's get to hot they will melt and start popping.
Izzytastic10 months ago
I really like this idea! :D I think it will be mutch better than rice. the bbs shouldnt produce the awful smell like the rice does so this is wonderful! :D im going to try this right away! :)
BobbySaka3 years ago
Just wondering how safe is the plastic. Will it release any toxic stuff when heated? Going to make my mama a heat pack for Christmas and I want it to be safe for her to use. Thanks =) This would be a great alternative than rice flax-seed or even Cherry pits =P
newbeak4 years ago
A nice woman in my office made a neck warmer for me (long cloth tube).She put rice in it,and you can heat it in the microwave in just a minute or two.Lasts about 1/2 hour.
newbeak newbeak4 years ago
I forgot to add that it is several years old,but still works like new
rompex4 years ago
I received a medium size warmer as a gift made with field corn (field corn does not pop). A linen cloth holds the field corn then sealed in a decorative cotton fabric that matches the personality of the owner. I have had and used my warmer for 12 years now off and on with no burning or rotting. It lives in my freezer until needed in case I need a cold pack. It is easy to warm in the microwave if I need it hot. I was told not to heat my warmer past 1 minute (based on size - hand warmer size 30 seconds). If hotter was desired then to shake contents before heating again at no more than 15 sec. intervals to prevent burning.
 ceramic pie weights are supposed to work the best. never have to be replaced, and won't ruin the bag
rownhunt4 years ago
put it in boiling water
Solderguy5 years ago
Well you could just wear 5 finger cotton mittens, I think they're $1 at Wal-mart.
trano6595 years ago
This also works with rice.
MasterH (author)  trano6595 years ago
Yes this does work with rice,but after heating it a couple of times the rice will either cook or burn.That's why I used bb's because they can only melt,but still can be used.
Sorry, but what are BB's?
MasterH (author)  hyacinth.persad5 years ago
BB's are little round bullets for BB Guns.But insead of being metal I used plastic bb's that are used for airsoft guns(fake plastic guns)
mmmm...rice.... but if u leave the rice in and it DOES cook.....a snack!!
MasterH (author)  steed11725 years ago
All you need is some butter and sugar and your good to go.
Rich995 years ago
if you put in some type of seed, like flaxseed, or even just rice, you can nuke this 'pillow' for 2-3 minutes in a microwave, and it will stay warm for almost an hour... the bigger it is and the more seed inside, the longer it will stay warm, but you will have to nuke it longer... be careful, don't scorch it! wonderful, soft, gentle heat for a long time -- great to go to bed with when you have sore muscles.
MasterH (author)  Rich995 years ago
yes that does work,but by using bb's like I did you don't have to worry about mildew or cooking the rice.The bb's work better because the bb's can be dropped in water and it heats backup in a couple of seconds.
Rich99 MasterH5 years ago
my girlfriend and i used to make these with flaxseed, and people bought them as fast as we could make them (not very fast - she was a massage therapist/rn) - but we sold dozens, at least). now they're probably made in china.
MasterH (author)  Rich995 years ago
How many times can you heat the flaxseed up before it no good.
Rich99 MasterH5 years ago
they last a year or more, using it just about every night. but then they do become kinda funky. time to add to the compost pile.
MasterH (author)  Rich995 years ago
That's pretty long.
Rich99 MasterH5 years ago
and then you have a wet hand warmer - ?
MasterH (author)  Rich995 years ago
But with this hand warmers it can be wet or dry all in one.
Rich99 MasterH5 years ago
yeah, but... wet + "hand warmer" sounds like an oxymoron to me.
MasterH (author)  Rich995 years ago
It might sound like an oxymoron but it works that way.
I tried this with rice (I got it out of a book) and when I used it 3 times it melted and burnt the rice.
MasterH (author)  imshanedulong5 years ago
While with plastic it might melt after a little bit but you can still use it,but you might have to make a new pouch.
Squidbillie5 years ago
The project looks good but I was wondering if fabric thickness is important?
MasterH (author)  Squidbillie5 years ago
Fabric size doesn't matter, but I would recommend cloth fabric only and not plastic fabric(silk,etc..).
Pusstjulio5 years ago
this is pretty cool does the plastic matter or can you use any thing like in http://www.instructables.com/id/Microwavable-Mitten-Warmers/
or does it make a difference btw what with the purple
MasterH (author)  Pusstjulio5 years ago
I never saw that project before, but yes the plastic is better then rice or beans because if you drop this hand warmer in water even if they cool down a little the plastic will heat back up from the heat stored in the center of the plastic.
MasterH (author) 5 years ago
Plz leave a comment if u like I would appreciated if you tell me what you think about my project.
MasterH (author) 5 years ago
Come on man I need this sleeping bag because I don't have a bed.It's cold sleeping on cement floors.