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  • "With U Smart Sole" DIY GPS Embedded Smart Shoe sole #MITBetterWorld

    Seniors with dementia routinely cast off jackets hats and other items when they wander. They seldom remove their shoes.

    Brilliant idea! I think that a model needs to be developed that does not raise the heel so much. Unsteady seniors that can walk away from home are too likely to fall even in their own home wearing a shoes with raised heel. I am one of them. I can only wear flats, nothing higher than your normal athletic shoe. I love the fact that one can position their feet to alert others without a potential attacker realizing it.

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  • Ink Removal From Soda Cans

    Measuring the US way is just as native to us as the mertic system is to others. Changing to metric would be like learning a new foreign language. I'll never do it. I'd have to convert all my old cooking recipes. not worth the trouble. I cannot think in metric, just ads I cannot think in any language I am not fluent in. I stored up on US measurement containers, dreading the day conversion is ordered. We already use metric in medical and scientific endeavors.

    Chips are thin slices of fried potatoes, corn or veggies in the U.S., like one buys in a bag for snacking. "Fries" are fried potato sticks. Many places dropped the word "French" years ago. Biscuits are doughy rounds baked of flour to eat with eggs and bacon at breakfast. Cookies are sweet crispy sweets. Just because you are raised one way does not make it better or right, just different. Some people autoimatically create the idea that if youb aren't like me, don't think like me, you are wrong. Tolerance, please.

    Well, at least our mail man delivers all our packages! They even get out of the truck to bring them to the door and ring the bell. They call us to pick up our live chicks from the hatchery at the post office though.

    Resistance is doie to the fact that people like em see no need for change in thier everyday life, plus all the retooling every industry that creates products based on the Imperial system would have to make. We cannot keep our highways in good repair as it is, and changing to metric would mean replacing every speedometer, every highway sign, and there are millions of both. Oh, sure we could change in an instant. The cost would be prohibitive to full employ it though.

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  • How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich With an Iron

    Not ridiculous! This method has been used by apartment dwellers without a stove for decades.

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  • PattyP17 commented on JP'sW's instructable Make a Cool Light from a Whiskey Bottle2 weeks ago
    Make a Cool Light from a Whiskey Bottle

    I understand that incandescent lights get too hot. Why not 110V LED light sets? No battery pack to futz with and no batteries to change. Tes, the hole would have to be bigger. You can get some fairly short sets or plug-in LEDs at Christmas time. I know they are probably larger and brighter than the "rice grain" sized battery fairy lights. I would plan to cut a larger hole on the bottle bottom and coat the inside of the bottle with with glass paint or some other semi-clear paint or alcohol ink to obscure the lights a bit better. One could even coat the lower 3/4 of the bottle with amber alcohol ink, and make the bottle look like it still had liquor in it! Hmm...

    BTW, I meant to say great project and hop you win. This is one of the few I would actually make and that got me thinking...

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  • PattyP17 commented on SajeewaJ's instructable King Aragorn's Coronation Crown2 weeks ago
    King Aragorn's Coronation Crown

    Gorgeous! I think I would not make this from paper though. Too easy to destroy by accident and hours of work then lost. If I did make it, I would either use sheet metal like copper or nickel silver and use silver solder to attach all pieces. Heavy wire of the same metal to make the parts you did in heavy string. Foam construction might be another option if one does not have good soldering skills.Good luck in the contest!

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  • PattyP17 commented on He Se 's instructable Pesto Bread3 weeks ago
    Pesto Bread

    I think I'll try this as a sweet bread with a prune filling, or maybe like a cinnamon roll. I can't eat most green spices, but it looks very yummy!

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  • PattyP17 commented on balsuryana's instructable Chessy Chocolate Banana3 weeks ago
    Chessy Chocolate Banana

    Sounds interesting. What kind of cheese do you like for this? Also, you may wabnt to edit the title. You wrote "CHESSY" instead of "CHEESY". Good luck.

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  • Live Off the Land : Survive With Edible Weeds

    To the best of my knowledge, all nightshade leaves are poisonous.

    Very cool. I wish I could ID even more plants than I can. There are so many plants that look alike. I know that eating wild is a lost art used ages ago by everyday medieval peasants to survive. There are over 200 edible wild plants in Europe, but few know them today. Unfortunately, some are mimics are deadly. Acorns are edible, but taste awful unless prepared just right. the only mushroom I trust to ID is a Morel because it doesn't look like any other.

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  • PattyP17 commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable Easy Thick Fluffy Pancakes2 months ago
    Easy Thick Fluffy Pancakes

    This instructable was very helpful for those of us who want fluffy pancakes that are not soggy in the middle. Buckwheat and other whole grains, though they may be healthier are much heavier flours and don't lend themselves easily to "light" baked goods or griddle cakes. I don't always use syrup or jelly so adding sweetness to the batter is essential, but I add pure liquid Splenda, which is altered sugar. Butter burns at the high temp some of us like to cook our pancakes at so I use coconut oil, but I also have spray olive oil and other natural oil sprays for various temperatures. On top of all that, this is not something the readers will eat every day. It's a once or twice per month at most for our household. I found your remarks rude and judgmental to Matt who took the time t...see more »This instructable was very helpful for those of us who want fluffy pancakes that are not soggy in the middle. Buckwheat and other whole grains, though they may be healthier are much heavier flours and don't lend themselves easily to "light" baked goods or griddle cakes. I don't always use syrup or jelly so adding sweetness to the batter is essential, but I add pure liquid Splenda, which is altered sugar. Butter burns at the high temp some of us like to cook our pancakes at so I use coconut oil, but I also have spray olive oil and other natural oil sprays for various temperatures. On top of all that, this is not something the readers will eat every day. It's a once or twice per month at most for our household. I found your remarks rude and judgmental to Matt who took the time to be helpful, and also to those reading here. If you want people to make pancakes more healthy than posted above, please just suggest what you would substitute (as I did) without trying to make anyone wrong, or go write your own instructable. Or if you don't agree with a person's instructable, please just walk away rather than make anyone wrong.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Luca Gerda's instructable Eerie glowing jars!2 months ago
    Eerie glowing jars!

    @Egyptsy - where do you get your glow in the dark powders? Do they glow really well?

    I might be hard to get that kind of accuracy with a craft paint. Depends on your technique.

    That just inspired me. An empty plastic soda bottle or grated cheese container is lightweight and would turn easily if mounted well.

    Cool instructable! I like the picture with your hands around the jar. I was think one could even cut hands from black paper and put over the outside of the jar to look like one is holding the universe.

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  • Cleaning your oven without poisonous, earth destroying chemicals

    Wow. The link to the oven liner still works, two years later. I need one too. This kind works better for me than one not impregnated with fiberglass. Though it is harder to get stain-free, it is easy to clean. I prefer it overt the cheaper plain black silicone ones. I prderted one of these on Aamazon and they sent the cheap black flimsy ones. I compalined top aamazon and got my $ back.

    Well, as long as it is not heated above 500 degrees. Some people have ruined their ovens by someone in the household starting the cleaning cycle. I did a lot of research about 1.5 years ago on this and there are some types of newer ovens one cannot use silicone mats in, even if you aren't going to muse the cleaning cycle. Best to read owner's manual.

    The problem with turning your oveen on that high for a long time is that it shortens the life oif the oven, whether using the regular highest setting or the cleaning cycle.

    Thanks! I'm going to do that!

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  • PattyP17 commented on SpecificLove's instructable 8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool2 months ago
    8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool

    LOL! Yeah. But I once had a cat that I had to teach to NOT get in the shower with me. He loved water. The time he jumped in and got dandruff shampoo all over his feet was the final straw. I grapsed him gently but firmly round the chest and held his feet under the spray to wash all his paws off and never a struggle. He seemed to enjoy it. One strange but very smart cat.

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  • PattyP17 commented on MiiBooth's instructable Make your own charcoal at home (Video)2 months ago
    Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    I definitely forgot about that use. I just don't don't know if I'm ready to scrape the ammonium nitrate off poo yet.

    Ah! Great idea. Now if my husband hasn't sold the camp stove, I'm in business.

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  • How to Remove a Stuck Nut (without stripping threading)

    Bust a nut sounds like you are cracking pecans or walnuts? Would make a good rapper name?

    Don't get me started on canola oil, sigh! Biggest lie in the health food industry. The name is shortened from "Canada oil". It comes from a plant named "rapeseed". The seeds boiled in water and drunk as a tea aborts unwanted babies, according the back woods herbalists of the past. The plant grows profusely and wild all over Canada, and someone figured out a way to create a lie about how healthy it was so it could be harvested and sold for big money. Before I even knew where it came from, I'd gag each time I ate anything containing it and couldn't figure out why. I think it probably makes great engine oil. Not so much for the body. But I digress form the main topic.

    If you are getting the nut off a gasoline powered engine, I don't know that a torch is in order. Think beyond the simple example he gives, to illustrate use on more complex situations.

    @ UncleEd - exactly!

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  • How to Make a Shirred Fabric Summer Dress

    The only problem I see using the gathering method to take up a flat leangth of fabric to attach to the bottom of shirring is that then that part of the dress does not stretch, making it less comfortable. Instead, I would use a lot of pins closely space to attach the flat fabric, stretching the shirring out while pinning and stretching it again while sewing. Of course, the ideal way is to have a long enough piece of fabric for the whole length of the dress and just shirr the top part, like the tutorial shows.

    She means to "backstitch". Start sewing forward a few stitches (as far as a half inch), and then put the machine in reverse to go back to the starting point at the edge of the fabric, then sew forward in the normal manner. The backward stitches go through the thread of the earlier stitches, locking them to the fabric so they cant be easily pulled out during wearing the garment or washing it. This does not work well with super thin fabrics as they will tear sometimes. It's done a bit slower than normal sewing to make sure you have full control of what's happening.

    It probably has to do with adjusting your thread tension. There are a few brands and models of machines that just don't shirr well without special adjustments. Consult your manual. If you can't find the physical manual, find it online Most are available. Find with Google. Also Google using "shirring fabric with XXXmodelBrand". Insert your brand and model name or number of your own machine. There are tons of sewing forums and tutorials for free online. It can make a difference how tightly you wind the elastic on the bobbin. For most machines, it's only supposed to be tight enough to hold it on the bobbin, not stretched. She stretches hers in the video, and most tutorials do not have you stretch the elastic, but very slightly stretching it may be what's needed for yours. Remembe...see more »It probably has to do with adjusting your thread tension. There are a few brands and models of machines that just don't shirr well without special adjustments. Consult your manual. If you can't find the physical manual, find it online Most are available. Find with Google. Also Google using "shirring fabric with XXXmodelBrand". Insert your brand and model name or number of your own machine. There are tons of sewing forums and tutorials for free online. It can make a difference how tightly you wind the elastic on the bobbin. For most machines, it's only supposed to be tight enough to hold it on the bobbin, not stretched. She stretches hers in the video, and most tutorials do not have you stretch the elastic, but very slightly stretching it may be what's needed for yours. Remember to clean all the dust and threads out of the bobbin case and under it after each project since that can cause all sorts of issues. Refer to your owner's manual how to clean and lubricate.

    How Much Fabric to GetThe original poster is not answering questions. Though many were asked long ago, I am answering because it is a popular instructable and I have over 40 years of sewing experience.It all depends on how wide the fabric is and how big you are. If you want to use woven cotton fabric, and have a bust under 40", just buy the length of fabric that you want to dress to be in length, plus some extra for the straps. If you are plus and your bust is larger than the 45" width cotton fabric comes in, then you would need to buy twice the length you want the dress. BUT you don't want to use both full widths across of 45" or it will be way too big and bulky. Unless you have an 80" or so bust. Let's say you are a big beautiful woman and your bust is 55" an...see more »How Much Fabric to GetThe original poster is not answering questions. Though many were asked long ago, I am answering because it is a popular instructable and I have over 40 years of sewing experience.It all depends on how wide the fabric is and how big you are. If you want to use woven cotton fabric, and have a bust under 40", just buy the length of fabric that you want to dress to be in length, plus some extra for the straps. If you are plus and your bust is larger than the 45" width cotton fabric comes in, then you would need to buy twice the length you want the dress. BUT you don't want to use both full widths across of 45" or it will be way too big and bulky. Unless you have an 80" or so bust. Let's say you are a big beautiful woman and your bust is 55" and you want the dress to be 45" long. (I am 5' 4" and that is ankle length for me) A nice cotton fabric that's 44" or 45" wide will not fit around your bust (nor mine), so you must have TWO lengths of fabric, one for the front, one for the back of 45" wide fabric. to make a dress that will fit around your girls.Oh, I hear you thinking. Why can't I run the fabric sideways? It's best to not try and fudge and run the long length of the fabric around you sideways. Garments should be made up and down the long length of the fabric, the way it comes off the bolt unless the Zombie Apocalypse happens. The manner in which fabric is woven makes it hang all wrong when it is hung sideways on a body. It won't look good or right. So 45" length for the front, 45" length for the back, plus 4" for the four hems - a 1/2" one at the top and at the bottom (a double fold of 1/2" at the top and bottom of each of the two pieces means an inch gets used up at top and bottom of the front and of the back). (4 x 1" = 4"). Did that make sense? A half inch seam means that your fold over 1/2" of the raw fabric edge neatly, iron and fold 1/2" over again, iron flat, then sew it down. That's happening in four places.You won't be using the full width of each 45" piece across your body so we'll have plenty left over for whatever kind of straps you want to make. Fabric is sold by the yard, but can also cut in one long length with an additional increment of a partial yard if needed. We needed 94" of fabric. Fabric is almost never cut exactly straight across at some stores, so adding a little might not be a bad idea. 94" is 14" less than 3 yards, so I would just go ahead and buy 3 yards. So any plus person with a bust over 40" or so wanting a 45" long dress needs 3 yards. Any person with a bust under 40" needs to buy whatever length of fabric they want the dress to be.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Silicone Rubber Sculpture Techniques2 months ago
    Silicone Rubber Sculpture Techniques

    I think a product called "Magic Water" would work better for what you want to do. It is used by railroad diorama makers and game players. If you google online, you can find a lot of instructions in various forums on how to make realistic looking water, streams with ripples, etc. There are alternate products for doing the same, but magic water has the best user reports online. I did a lot of research on it in the last few months. Buy at hobby stores, Amazon, eBay.

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  • Will Those Thriftstore Pants Fit? No Dressing Room? No Problem!

    I guess I don't understand why the unusual steps to see if they fit. I hold pants up across the part of the body where they will be worn. If the side seams match the side seams on what I'm wearing, they are the right size. It works for both waist and hips. If a blouse all buttoned up fits the same way across your chest with a tiny bit extra for ease, it will fit. Hold the pants waist at your waist to see if they are long enough. I do this even in regular clothing stores before going to the dressing room to see what they look like on me. I am a plus size and the method posted here would never work for me. I guess this method works for only thin peeps?

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  • PattyP17 commented on rimar2000's instructable Cheap enhancement of printed photos2 months ago
    Cheap enhancement of printed photos

    I believe waxed paper will make the photo cloudy I've seen other crafts done with items sandwiched between sheets of waxed paper and it never turns clear.

    waxed paper is the paper one used to wrap sandwiches in befoe plastic wrap was invented. It still has it's uses. It does not melt like plastic does. Funny story: My sister was never much of a cook and decided to make a jelly roll. You are supposed to line the bottom and sides of a flat pan with waxed paper to bake the cake part in a hot oven. Being a child of the 60's, she thought it meant plastic wrap. Obviously, she ruined her baking pan.

    I meant to include the fact that the waxed paper will stick to the photo during ironing and the wax will not come off the paper like you are thinking.

    Um... I've tried hairspray and some of it stays sticky forever, and never dries.

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  • PattyP17 commented on unknown24's instructable How to make TRACING PAPER!!!2 months ago
    How to make TRACING PAPER!!!

    I wonder if a tiny bit of silicone instead of oil would work. I buy tracing paper online in big rolls from Mister Art for making paper patterns for sewing whatever project I'm designing.

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  • PattyP17 commented on necocoa's instructable jellyfish jewelry for mermaid / merman2 months ago
    jellyfish jewelry for mermaid / merman

    Very cool! Love this. faster & easier than the pop bottle tutorial I found.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Ingela's instructable At home silk screening on the cheap!2 months ago
    At home silk screening on the cheap!

    I think the holes in tulle are still too big to get crisp lines. The bigger the holes in the "netting" or sheer fabric, the less clean an edge one can make. But you might just do a quick test project on a scrap piece of tulle and a piece of old white fabric. I was think more like chiffon. It's polyester and more fine than tulle. It's very thin, but closely woven. You could use an old very thin scarf if you have such. Pantyhose (often called "nylons" after the old style nylon hose people used to wear back in the 50's) are delicate and so easy to damage. Silk screening was done with thin silk, and is now done with a thin nylon fabric.I Googled and found that a fabric mesh of 110 to 160 (threads per inch) works best for fabric, and one needs a higher count for paper to ...see more »I think the holes in tulle are still too big to get crisp lines. The bigger the holes in the "netting" or sheer fabric, the less clean an edge one can make. But you might just do a quick test project on a scrap piece of tulle and a piece of old white fabric. I was think more like chiffon. It's polyester and more fine than tulle. It's very thin, but closely woven. You could use an old very thin scarf if you have such. Pantyhose (often called "nylons" after the old style nylon hose people used to wear back in the 50's) are delicate and so easy to damage. Silk screening was done with thin silk, and is now done with a thin nylon fabric.I Googled and found that a fabric mesh of 110 to 160 (threads per inch) works best for fabric, and one needs a higher count for paper to make crisp thin lines. so cheap pantyhose, an old very thin scarf, very thin drapery fabric. Just look around for any very thin fabric that is closely woven with a relatively tight weave.

    Cool Idea! Thsi sis a great way to get started on screen printing.I am now using a different method, by printing a reverse image on printer paper, ironing it onto a tee, then using "Stained by Sharpie " fabric paint markers to go over the outline of the line art, then I either paint (fill in areas) with craft paint mixed with textile medium in colors or use the same paint markers to color in. Regular Sharpies for paper fade in the wash. The "Painted" ones do better. I iron the shiny side of freezer paper on the inside of the tee to stabilize the fabric before drawing or painting. keep the fabric from moving.

    They make markers for sewing that fade in 24 hours. One could trace right before painting in the glue. Some of the markers of the same type only come out once they get wet, but all must be tested to see if they will leave a stain.

    He is making a sort of "stencil" with the embroidery hoop, the pantyhose and the glue. They make a one piece unit that he lays over the shirt before painting. The glue stays on the stencil after the shirt is painted through the open areas of the hoop and fabric where there is no glue. He lifts the whole hoop, nylon and glue combination off the shirt after painting.

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  • How to make your own pair of Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers

    The problem with hot glue is that it can release in summer temperatures in warm parts of the world, especially if one leaves them in the car accidentally. here is a link to a tutorial on glues you may find useful:http://www.lemonjitters.com/2012/02/craft-adhesives-basics.html

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  • How to make a perfect fit pants pattern just for yourself

    no video or instructions at link.

    Imbedded video play properly without ads now and can easily be paused by hover over lower left and clicking pause button.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Earlsart's instructable Tiffany-style light shades 2 months ago
    Tiffany-style light shades

    I do make sparkle balls too. This project looks way cool, and gives a great "dripping" effect. Here is a link to the video (for those reading here) that I used to make sparkle balls:I'd love to do an instructable, but have been ill and it would not get done in any sort of timely manner. I just put the link above, thinking it would be text. It put the video itself here in my comment. I did not intend to hijack this thread.

    I love the look of this and that you came up with a form to use to decorate with a number of cool projects.

    I was thinking that too. One could put a clear blue plastic bowl over the top, wired in place and have jellyfish!

    LOL at the language gaff!

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  • Klepon (sweet, stuffed rice balls)

    This looks very yummy! Must try soon. Am I correct that the rice may be called "sticky rice" or "sweet rice" In the USA? My husband tried making these from a different recipe some time ago and they did not come out quite right.

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  • PattyP17 commented on MiiBooth's instructable Make your own charcoal at home (Video)2 months ago
    Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    Thanks all for the response. i have a deeper understanding of the purpose and use of charcoal.

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  • How to Remove a Stuck Nut (without stripping threading)

    I guess I meant search words when one is searching on Google. Keywords (my understanding at least) are words that search engines find can be hidden in a page, not necessarily even showing up as text on a screen). If you just mean a good title that will show up on your physical page when a person searches, you want it to make sense to a reader at first glance, and you want Google to recognize the main words included. I am approaching this from the viewpoint of a person searching on Google, which is something I do often every day. If I am looking to identify a flowering "vine" to ID a plant on the site iNaturalist for another user, the fact that people create short videos named "vines" means I have to adjust my search words, by using terms (like "plant") that...see more »I guess I meant search words when one is searching on Google. Keywords (my understanding at least) are words that search engines find can be hidden in a page, not necessarily even showing up as text on a screen). If you just mean a good title that will show up on your physical page when a person searches, you want it to make sense to a reader at first glance, and you want Google to recognize the main words included. I am approaching this from the viewpoint of a person searching on Google, which is something I do often every day. If I am looking to identify a flowering "vine" to ID a plant on the site iNaturalist for another user, the fact that people create short videos named "vines" means I have to adjust my search words, by using terms (like "plant") that won't result in getting the wrong results. So it's a balance between short and specific. Sometimes it takes an intuitive leap to find the right search terms. Google does tend to ignore some of one's search words from time to time if it decides there are too many. If I want to find a picture of a "freshwater pumpkin-breasted sunfish in the southern United States", I would choose to use only "pumpkin sunfish" or I might end up with a bunch of pictures of pumpkins (I didn't in this particular search). "Pumpkin fish" will give you a lot of pictures of pumpkins carved into fish shapes. So Google pays attention well to two words, and ever so often hardly pays attention to six, but it's unpredictable. It variesAs far as searching, the rule of thumb, is be specific as you want to be with search words and test them to see what you get. Eliminate those that cause strange results.But as far as titles (if that's what you mean) for Google to find, a short clear title will work better than one with ten to twelve words for Google to find. I sew and the titles "Elastic Tutorial" or "How to Sew Elastic on Anything" works better than "How to Sew elastic in Swimsuits, Underwear, Pajamas, Dresses, Sheets, Shower Caps, and Everything Else You Can Imagine". Google will likely show me pajamas with an elastic waist, and other household items with elastic in them, plus elastic for using in those items, rather than the tutorial I am looking for.I hope that all makes sense. It's a balance.

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  • How to Unscrew a Nut that's Stuck on a Bolt (without ruining threads)

    "Loosen a Rusted Nut""Remove a Stuck Nut""Stuck Nut"Longish advice on Google searches:Anyone who works with nuts, bolts, etc. knows that a nut goes on a threaded item, so no need to include that in the title. The main thing they want to is to get the nut loosened so it can then be removed or adjusted. I have better success using Google than anyone I personally know simply because I'm great at figuring out the best search words for even quite obscure subjects. The shortest and most simple words, yet specific to the subject, give the most possible results, and look for the very heart of what the searcher wants. I think "Stuck Nut" or "Stuck Bolt" in a Google search would work better rather than anything longer. The more words added to a se...see more »"Loosen a Rusted Nut""Remove a Stuck Nut""Stuck Nut"Longish advice on Google searches:Anyone who works with nuts, bolts, etc. knows that a nut goes on a threaded item, so no need to include that in the title. The main thing they want to is to get the nut loosened so it can then be removed or adjusted. I have better success using Google than anyone I personally know simply because I'm great at figuring out the best search words for even quite obscure subjects. The shortest and most simple words, yet specific to the subject, give the most possible results, and look for the very heart of what the searcher wants. I think "Stuck Nut" or "Stuck Bolt" in a Google search would work better rather than anything longer. The more words added to a search means less results, the less chance a person will find your particular instructions. Google ignores "and", "the", "a", etc. - simple short words that are commonly used. Most people search for either the name of the problem, or the name of the solution. Google searches find not only titles but text anywhere on a page, so it doesn't necessarily need to be in the title, but a short title with the name of the problem or solution will help a searcher recognize quickly they have found the right page for help. If I Googled "stuck nut" and kept getting pictures/articles of a squirrel with nuts stuck in his jaw, or how to get the last of some peanut butter out of a jar (not real scenarios, just an example of how searches go awry), I would just add the word "lubricant" or some other word for something specific to the subject, like "bolt" or thread". Yes, maybe "threaded" describes the item better, but leaving off the "-ed" gives more results. You have to think with the moist common words other people would use for the problem, using the least number of words.Good luck!

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  • PattyP17 commented on frenchguycooking's instructable HOW TO MAKE PERFECT BRIOCHE BREAD2 months ago
    HOW TO MAKE PERFECT BRIOCHE BREAD

    You are making my mouth water! there is nothing like home made bread, though I've never eaten brioche. I want to go make it now!

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  • PattyP17 commented on MiiBooth's instructable Make your own charcoal at home (Video)2 months ago
    Make your own charcoal at home (Video)

    Hi! I found this to be very interesting, but I guess I need an explanation why one would "use up" wood to make a fire to create charcoal when one could just use wood in the first place instead of charcoal to cook or perform whatever task one needed. It seems wasteful to me, though I did think it is a cool instructable. Does charcoal burn hotter than wood for purposes like using a forge? I do not intend to say a person should not do this, just trying to understand why one would not want to just use wood.

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  • PattyP17 commented on danthemakerman's instructable How to make a Mini Forge3 months ago
    How to make a Mini Forge

    Very cool! Thanks for posting. This would work great for those budding silversmiths wanting to melt and cast gold & silver on a shoestring budget. I used to use an Acetylene torch for that, but no longer have access.

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  • PattyP17 commented on seamster's instructable Tennis Balls in a Bottle (How-to!)3 months ago
    Tennis Balls in a Bottle (How-to!)

    Hahaha! Great! I kept think of a far more complicated solution.

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  • PattyP17 commented on Darthorso's instructable Understanding Italian Gestures3 months ago
    Understanding Italian Gestures

    LOl! That's a great!

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  • PattyP17 commented on jeff-o's instructable LED Disco Light in a Jar!3 months ago
    LED Disco Light in a Jar!

    I am a crafter and tend to be smarter than the average bear, but I've never learned anything whatsoever about electronics. I'm highly skilled in other areas but not this. It's been decades since high school and I must admit science class was a snooze fest at that time and the coach teaching the class skipped whole chapters in Physical Science. I'd love to get started on an easy LED project, but not sure if this one is even too advanced for a total noob. I mean I can do things like use a soldering iron, solder & repair copper water pipes, and have been a silversmith, more. I've rewired lamps, but that's about the extent of my "electrical knowledge". I understand most of this instructable, and would like to extrapolate to a same-color-LED not-in-a-jar application, but there ...see more »I am a crafter and tend to be smarter than the average bear, but I've never learned anything whatsoever about electronics. I'm highly skilled in other areas but not this. It's been decades since high school and I must admit science class was a snooze fest at that time and the coach teaching the class skipped whole chapters in Physical Science. I'd love to get started on an easy LED project, but not sure if this one is even too advanced for a total noob. I mean I can do things like use a soldering iron, solder & repair copper water pipes, and have been a silversmith, more. I've rewired lamps, but that's about the extent of my "electrical knowledge". I understand most of this instructable, and would like to extrapolate to a same-color-LED not-in-a-jar application, but there are things said that assume I know more, like what kind of switch, assuming they come in different sizes/voltages(?). Can you recommend something like a "For Dummies" place to start for a total noob that only knows how to screw in a 110v light bulb? I am familiar with most of the components you mention. I even have some heatshrink I bought at an electronics supply store to make tubing necklaces. I just don't have any electrical "sciency" knowledge and honestly don't want to study for two weeks before I can make something. I don't expect anyone here to educate me, just point me in the right direction to get started, please? I love this cool project.

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  • How To Cleanly Remove Blackheads Painlessly!

    Nice Instructable! I like the fact that you've got people going to look closely in the mirror and that you posted an all-natural method for a problem that many struggle with. I guess I prefer the Biore strips. Fast, no mess. I have freaked out a friend at my last office job by using the excess sticky parts of a book of U.S. postage stamps. You know, the larger books for the decorative stamps. I don't know about now, but they used to have a wasted area of adhesive paper that worked great - and no waiting after pressing down on your nose really well. She was freaked when I showed her the resulting microscopic forest after my first trial run. I guess you could use actual large decorative first class stamps, but that might be expensive. Maybe they would still stick to an envelope? Ew.I only...see more »Nice Instructable! I like the fact that you've got people going to look closely in the mirror and that you posted an all-natural method for a problem that many struggle with. I guess I prefer the Biore strips. Fast, no mess. I have freaked out a friend at my last office job by using the excess sticky parts of a book of U.S. postage stamps. You know, the larger books for the decorative stamps. I don't know about now, but they used to have a wasted area of adhesive paper that worked great - and no waiting after pressing down on your nose really well. She was freaked when I showed her the resulting microscopic forest after my first trial run. I guess you could use actual large decorative first class stamps, but that might be expensive. Maybe they would still stick to an envelope? Ew.I only use the Biore strips every 1 - 3 months, after the first few months of monthly use. My pores became much smaller and usually no blackness, but they still require occasional deep cleasing.

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  • PattyP17 commented on seamster's instructable Deck of Cards in a Bottle (It's a puzzle!)3 months ago
    Deck of Cards in a Bottle (It's a puzzle!)

    That is part of the solution.

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  • PattyP17 commented on kimaj's instructable How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag3 months ago
    How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

    Actually I can't drink at all, but i could not think of a better analogy! :D

    You could, but that would cut down on the fat, not the sweet. The sweet comes from the sugar. Milk has some fat, but the cream that is in half-and-half is half heavy cream. Heavy cream is unchurned butter. Yes, Hershey's syrup works well to make chocolate ice cream, but has a lot of added sugar. You could just add the Hershey's but it might be a little too un-sweet overall.

    Thanks for the tutorial! We made with honey, half & half, no sugar, and Splenda-sweetened peaches - strange but quite good for our first try. I used a cheap store brand zipper bag - was out of the good ones. I'm glad I had it all on a plastic tray with a towel under on the coffee table because it came open & spilled salt and ice. Even double bagging with that ultra cheap outer bag wouldn't have helped.I remembered after the mess I have a tiny hand crank machine we have to find somewhere in the house. You put the thick tiny bucket in the freezer and after 6 hours or so, you put your ingredients in with the paddle, crank, lid, and handle & turn the handle. No need for ice and salt. Makes two to four servings. I think it is a Donvier brand - just went and looked on eBay. Whole ...see more »Thanks for the tutorial! We made with honey, half & half, no sugar, and Splenda-sweetened peaches - strange but quite good for our first try. I used a cheap store brand zipper bag - was out of the good ones. I'm glad I had it all on a plastic tray with a towel under on the coffee table because it came open & spilled salt and ice. Even double bagging with that ultra cheap outer bag wouldn't have helped.I remembered after the mess I have a tiny hand crank machine we have to find somewhere in the house. You put the thick tiny bucket in the freezer and after 6 hours or so, you put your ingredients in with the paddle, crank, lid, and handle & turn the handle. No need for ice and salt. Makes two to four servings. I think it is a Donvier brand - just went and looked on eBay. Whole thing is small enough to hold in your lap while watching TV & crank away. But you need a blanket or you might freeze something important!

    Oh, sorry! I truly never intend to be mean. Really. I think I tend to communicate like Sheldon on Big Bang. I really try just to inform most times and I am never intending to be snippy or ugly. I'll try to better filter what I say. I hate trolls and don't want to be that "person". Thanks!

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  • PattyP17 commented on kimaj's instructable How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag3 months ago
    How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

    That would make ice milk. Part of the great satisfaction, flavor and taste one gets from eating ice cream IS the fat content. Having ice milk instead of ice cream is like having a Koolaid while everyone else is having fine wine.

    It all depends on what your results were. If it did not freeze, it did not get cold enough because there was not enough ice or not enough salt or both. If it got hard and not creamy, you did not mash it around enough

    I think this method done first then transferred to the plastic bag method would give the best creamy results, due to the air that the food processor incorporates.

    Ice cream does not come out smooth or soft at all unless a lot of tiny air bubbles are worked into it. Sure, you could just set the small bag inside the big one, set it down and come back 10 minutes later. Dry ice is just going to freeze it hard as a rock. The salt causes the ice to melt, continually giving cold to the ice cream as it is churned. Churning gives it the fine smooth texture.

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  • PattyP17 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable No-wrinkle Button Seam4 months ago
    No-wrinkle Button Seam

    Definitely not. It leaves residue that will stick parts of the shirt together in a mess in the dryer. But you were kidding, right?

    LOL! That happens all the time on the internet, so many now call themselves "sewists" - a person who sews without denoting skill level. To say one is a "seamstress" implies very expert skill level. Waste conduit? Maybe a skirt would be a waist conduit?

    Agreed. Many commercial shirts have no interfacing at all!

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