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  • CaitD1 commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable 5 Ways to Print on Wood1 month ago
    5 Ways to Print on Wood

    Easy solution for the laser printer...most copy shops have only lasers and the copies are only pennies. Staples and Office Depot have lasers and even my little copy/UPS store close by has laser too.

    Easy solution for the laser printer....most copy shops use only laser. Office Depot and Staples both use only lasers and the little UPS/copy shop close by makes great copies for only a few pennies. Just set up the format you want, print it on the ink jet, and get that copied at the store on their laser printer.

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  • CaitD1 commented on manuelmasc's instructable HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles1 month ago
    HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles

    I realize your comment is not in your native language, I did not quite understand what you were trying to say. My specialty was not in plastics but biochemistry. I think you said I didn't learn or know anything about plastics but I am not sure. I have worked with plastics for a very long time. My rule is Safety First. They told me all those fumes I was breathing was safe, only to find out years later they were not. Why take a chance and find out that the plastics emitted some non-detectable fume when melting. Always err on the side of caution.

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  • CaitD1 commented on manuelmasc's instructable HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles1 month ago
    HDPE Blocks From Plastic Bottles

    I use polymer clay for crafting. It advises strongly not to let the clay "fire" on any surface that will be used for food and it is also advised to use a toaster oven dedicated to the clay to prevent cross contamination. The package says non-toxic, but why take a chance?

    I read those MSDS sheets, and they were incomplete. Perhaps they have different standards in the UK. I saw no toxicity report, which American ones do have. I used to be in charge of Hazmat and all the MSDS at our institution. Best advice is what your MSDS said at the bottom. Safety first. I know when I first started in chemistry many years ago, there was very little cautionary info for the chemicals I handled and later we found they were dangerous and even carcinogenic. Back in the day, all we had was a fume hood. My best advice for any project be it plastic, wood, paint or whatever, SAFETY FIRST. As far as no odor detected, remember Carbon monoxide is odorless. Again better to be careful than sorry.BS, (MTASCP)

    As a chemist, I would question the safety of melting the plastic indoors. Toxic fumes are not always obvious. For safety's sake I would recommend a toaster oven outside to eliminate all possibilities of toxic fumes.

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  • CaitD1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable 10 Woodworking Tricks the Pros Use2 months ago
    10 Woodworking Tricks the Pros Use

    Never thought of that. Good one I like the idea of the line for pvc pipe and then the holes too. Mostly I work with smaller dowels and I just could not figure out a reason, especially since dowels have a tendency to not be straight here with all our humidity, even straight from the store.. Thanks

    The folder for the sandpaper, is a real winner. I'm going to go out an do that right now. Have an empty folder just waiting. I'm confused by the dowel though, why would you need the straight line on a dowel? If I need a half round, it is easier just to get one already made.

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  • CaitD1 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for WD-402 months ago
    Unusual Uses for WD-40

    Love this one, I am going to try it today! After Irma, those nasties are everywhere.

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  • CaitD1 commented on Mikhandmaker.'s instructable Sanding Saw2 months ago
    Sanding Saw

    That was AMAZING! I enjoyed watching your techniques as much as the idea for the final product. Do you have an instructable for sharpening your chisels? I can never get mine to cut like butter like yours did.

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  • CaitD1 commented on pavuk's instructable Broken Scissors Reparation2 months ago
    Broken Scissors Reparation

    I have a favorite pair with a broken handle, tried everything from super glue to duct tape...YOU found the answer. It is my project for today.

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  • Making the Fanciest Beer Koozie You Ever Seen!

    Beautiful. I do not have a lathe though. I think I will try this using what tools we have here. I'm thinking door hole cutters for the center hole to hold the can, then sanding the other on my stationary sander. To accomplish this, I'd only be able to cut the centers a couple layers at a time but hopefully it will work. Your project is definitely an inspiration to figure out how to do it with what I have to work with.

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  • How to Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer - DIY Guy

    Thanks for the aluminum foil trick. I improvised and used a cat treat container wrapped in the foil with the pinhole. Worked great!

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  • CaitD1 commented on brichtl's instructable Transfer Images to Fabric4 months ago
    Transfer Images to Fabric

    Yes, use some plain cotton in a contrasting color and transfer the image to the cotton. Then sew the cotton onto the polyester. If you have a fancy stitch on your machine it would be pretty. I do a lot of applique and it is a great way to accomplish what you want.

    This is the BEST! I love the idea and I already have lavender oil. Thank you, already voted.

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  • CaitD1 commented on geotek's instructable LED Lighting for Dremel Tool4 months ago
    LED Lighting for Dremel Tool

    Great idea, but I don't have a cnc router. I'm thinking that a medicine bottle cap might be adapted. for the base. What type of power supply did you use for the 12 V?

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  • CaitD1 commented on belsilene's instructable Mirror Renovation: "Gates of Moria"5 months ago
    Mirror Renovation: "Gates of Moria"

    Love this project. I do lots of large banners and use a similar technique to create them. I create the pattern just like you do, but instead of paint, I attach the pattern to the fabric and use my sewing machine to "draw" the pattern onto the fabric with a contrasting thread. Then I use a second print out to cut the various colors of fabric needed and applique them to the background. The "drawn" lines show me where to place them. I have the perfect place to put a banner of Moria. PS, your English is excellent by the way.

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  • CaitD1 commented on jessyratfink's instructable DIY Cat Tent5 months ago
    DIY Cat Tent

    Love it! For those of you that are not so crafty, we found a solution at our local BJ's. There are lots of boxes at the exit, and many have 3 sides and a nice front that is just cat size. We turn that upside down on a small rug and our cats love them. In the winter, we put blankets over them for our two feral visitors.

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  • CaitD1 commented on diycreators's instructable How to Make a Fire Bowl5 months ago
    How to Make a Fire Bowl

    I've been looking for one this size in the stores with no luck. Your idea is perfect! This is definitely something I can do. I also like the idea below of the plastic sheet over the top of the bowls and under the weights. I do not relish the idea of polishing and sanding concrete. I can see it now with 1/2 inch glass mosaic tiles around the side for a bit of color. Thanks for the great idea.

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  • Rusty Junk to Useful Stuff With Chemistry!

    My choice for removing rust is a product called Ospho. It is a liquid, and you just dip your piece to be restored into it, or paint it on if that is more practical. Just let set for a while and rinse well, then oil tools. I tend to get nervous when playing with batteries and electricity outside. One big shock per life time is enough for me. If you are comfortable with the electricity, this looks good though.

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  • CaitD1 commented on GuhanN's instructable Growing Crystals!5 months ago
    Growing Crystals!

    If you have regular sugar and water, it will not ferment unless yeast is added. Yeast like you bake with utilizes sugar(glucose) as a nutrient. The breakdown of the sugar causes carbon dioxide to be released thus the bubbles like in beer and champagne. Keep everything sterile, boil the water and sugar to saturate the solution. The boiling should sterilize the solution also allowing the water to become supersaturated with the sugar so it can make nice crystals. Think rock candy...it is crystalized sugar. Cover the jar with a clean cloth and you should have no problem.

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  • CaitD1 commented on ThomasVDD's instructable Hard Drive Sander6 months ago
    Hard Drive Sander

    Interesting, I had not thought of that. I just checked those special pads and I can see exactly what you were referring to. Thanks for the heads up.

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  • CaitD1 commented on ThomasVDD's instructable Hard Drive Sander6 months ago
    Hard Drive Sander

    Even better, I could use that velcro like stuff they put on sanders today and then just switch the papers. Actually for the stones, I need diamond discs, but the ones I have are the velcro backed kind. I just saw the replacement hook papers in the hardware store. This is my very next project. You really got my creative ideas flowing with this one. Thanks.

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  • CaitD1 commented on ThomasVDD's instructable Hard Drive Sander6 months ago
    Hard Drive Sander

    I love this project. I've been needing a small horizontal grinder for polishing some lapidary projects. Got lots of old drives around here, so this is exactly what I needed. Many thanks!

    If there is any data on that drive, suggest you transfer it before the build forget about turning it back to a drive later. This is a fantastic project.

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  • CaitD1 commented on ilovekoalas's instructable 3 Ingredient Slime (No Borax)7 months ago
    3 Ingredient Slime (No Borax)

    Just tried the liquid starch and it was a major fail. We used Niagara liquid, not Sta-Flo because Sta-Flo was not in the store. I do not recommend the Niagara liquid starch.

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  • How to Grow Orange Tree From Seeds. Bottle Germination Method. Work Always. 100% Success.

    Yes, I have made orange wine also. It is delicious. I cannot imagine grapefruit wine though. The process is very simple and available online and in books. We have specialized stores here that sell all the supplies. Other fruit works just as well.

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  • How to Grow Orange Tree From Seeds. Bottle Germination Method. Work Always. 100% Success.

    To juice oranges and grapefruit for freezing, just juice with a regular juicer and pour the juice into sterilized glass containers. Be sure to leave room for expansion caused by the freezing before capping and just put in the freezer. Thaw in refrigerator as needed. If your juice is a bit sour, you can also add a bit of sugar to taste. With the grapefruit, we did not do that.

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  • How to Grow Orange Tree From Seeds. Bottle Germination Method. Work Always. 100% Success.

    Did this decades ago when I was in high school. We live in Florida, so that was a big advantage. We planted the seeds and when they sprouted, kept transplanting into larger containers as needed. At about 2-3 years, we set one out in the back yard. This was a grapefruit, and we had fruit on that tree for about 30 years. It finally died a while back, but my Mom froze the juice and had it year round. We were lucky and did not have to use a graft to get good fruit, but that is something to definitely consider when trying this. Grafting one or more varieties of orange onto a stock has been done with success also.

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  • CaitD1 commented on Not_Tasha's instructable Intro to Glass Bead Making9 months ago
    Intro to Glass Bead Making

    Interesting article. Just to let you know, there are inexpensive set ups that you can purchase. I have been playing with beads for many years. I have a hot head torch that runs on MAPP gas that I get at the hardware store. Glass is the most expensive part of the project, but I have found broken glasses and even broken colored glass bottles can be crushed further and used. It is a fun hobby, thanks for bringing it to everyone's attention. I have seen beginner kits with everything but the MAPP gas available at Michaels in my area.

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  • Imprompt cat house out of a carboard box

    Yep, cats love boxes! Next time you go to the store, find discarded "display"boxes. I find mine at BJ's. The outdoor cats love them. One side is usually already open so the items can be displayed. Flip them upside down and you have an already made custom cat house. I drape an old cloth over the top so they can "hide" and in the winter, add fleece throw (we live in (Florida...no snow) for our semi feral outside cat. Got fleece and fabric to make warm custom covers for cold weather. Will post when done. Cat approved design.

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  • CaitD1 commented on manuelmasc's instructable DIY Center Finder Tool12 months ago
    DIY Center Finder Tool

    I would suggest perhaps a small point soldering iron to melt through it. It should go through quite easily. I have put holes in plastic that way before. Works like a charm. No cracking.

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  • CaitD1 commented on manuelmasc's instructable DIY Center Finder Tool1 year ago
    DIY Center Finder Tool

    This always was a problem for me. What an simple solution! I will be making one ASAP.

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  • CaitD1 commented on JoshGeoghegan's instructable Penny Can Stove1 year ago
    Penny Can Stove

    Just in time for Hurricane Matthew. Expect to be feeling it in a couple hours. Never can have enough survival tips!

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  • Harvesting your own clay, dirty but delightful!

    Thank you, Perfect timing. I brought back a huge tub of clay from vacation and we have been processing it. Luckily we have done the steps you just listed except for the t-shirt. That might have gotten some of the grit out. As it is now, it will make good stoneware with a bit of texture. We are just starting to dry now and you told us the next step.

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  • CaitD1 commented on CaitD1's instructable Viking Brooches Using Sculpey Clay1 year ago
    Viking Brooches Using Sculpey Clay

    Thank you. Hope your sister enjoys the class. We did this at an SCA class event last week and there were a lot of class takers and they made some amazing finished brooches. They can be personalized so many ways once you have the basic shell.

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  • CaitD1 commented on CaitD1's instructable Viking Brooches Using Sculpey Clay1 year ago
    Viking Brooches Using Sculpey Clay

    Thank you. These brooches are fun to make. The technique lends itself to so many different types of pins and brooches too. Have a wonderful week.

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  • CaitD1 commented on FatBottomPurls's instructable Wool Hackle from Wool Combs1 year ago
    Wool Hackle from Wool Combs

    I did make 2 sets of the hackles using nails. Came out really nice, and they do work. With a little care, you can bend the ends if you want also. This project is the next step that I need to do. Thanks for thinking it out for me. Oh, Oove, below, they do make a great defense weapon too.

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