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  • Copyu commented on wilgubeast's instructable 9 Unusual Uses for Toothpaste8 months ago
    9 Unusual Uses for Toothpaste

    Yes! They sell glass and plastic cleaners, here in Japan, that are just toothpaste...but don't have that 'minty' smell!

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  • Copyu commented on esmecat's instructable Pysanky - Ukrainian Egg Dying8 months ago
    Pysanky - Ukrainian Egg Dying

    Heheheh! It's actually not dying, but it IS "egg-DYEing"! ;-) It's also fairly easy and a ton of fun, which will amaze your nearest and dearest when you present them with a multi-colored egg. They usually won't have a clue about how you did it. Cheers!

    I used to do pysanky every Easter for many years, having learned the craft in my 20's. I haven't touched the craft since I moved to Japan, but I still have all the equipment–lathe, beeswax, pens, etc. My co-workers will be surprised this year with some old, traditional designs, mostly based on yellow/golden "crosses" represented by 8-pointed stars. I've always used hard-boiled eggs and the 'dye' was food coloring, warm water and vinegar. The shells always ended up a deep, chocolate-brown after repeated dyeing, from zero, to yellow, to the orange/red and then the green/blue/violet colors. After removing the wax, I'd then rub the shells with lard or oil that protected the dyed finish for many years.This is a great "instructable" and you really should try it! If y...see more »I used to do pysanky every Easter for many years, having learned the craft in my 20's. I haven't touched the craft since I moved to Japan, but I still have all the equipment–lathe, beeswax, pens, etc. My co-workers will be surprised this year with some old, traditional designs, mostly based on yellow/golden "crosses" represented by 8-pointed stars. I've always used hard-boiled eggs and the 'dye' was food coloring, warm water and vinegar. The shells always ended up a deep, chocolate-brown after repeated dyeing, from zero, to yellow, to the orange/red and then the green/blue/violet colors. After removing the wax, I'd then rub the shells with lard or oil that protected the dyed finish for many years.This is a great "instructable" and you really should try it! If you have kids or grand-kids, 9-10-year-olds can learn this craft very quickly and the younger ones can still have a go at it, without the complicated "geometry".

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  • Copyu commented on thydzik's instructable A Dozen Red Origami Roses9 months ago
    A Dozen Red Origami Roses

    That's really cool! I saw someone, decades ago, making 'roses' using crepe paper that was stretched to make very 'realistic' rose petals over a paper-clip and I was looking for a link to that. I love your origami version, though. Thanks! [PS: In Japan, "Valentine's Day" is for the girls to give the guys a present (usually of cakes or chocolate) and we have "White Day" on 14 March, for the guys to respond with flowers, candy, lingerie, jewellery, etc, so this is timely for me.]

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