Tin Cloth

I am concerned Instructables could be hurt by the Prudometer being ratched too high on comments.  That's bad for the company. Here's a post just sent to Tin Cloth that was automatically rejected for either being irrelevant or abusive: "I recall 60 years ago when my parents bought me an oil cloth slicker in Istanbul, Turkey.  It was kinda smelly, but it worked until I outgrew it.  That was just plain cloth, not canvas. I use that mix of bee's wax, turpentine and linseed oil as a preservative for old tools.  I got a paint can of it in the garage.  Much more durable than WD-40." How "plain Jane" can you get?  I came back to visit because of the newsletter.

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graphene integrated into clothing?

So i had an idea: i wanted to integrate graphene into clothing to make clothing more durable. this guy shows how to make the stuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FlCvZvzDPM any ideas on how to get the graphene into clothing?

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Cigarette Butts into Clothing

Uh. . . Yes. Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero has topped my gross chart (and my hero chart too, I think) with her upcycled cigarette butt fashion. Started as a thesis project, Guerrero's goal was to transform the massive amounts of cigarette butts littering the beaches Chile into clean, useable material.Hear her story and see the process at TreeHugger.

Topic by scoochmaroo   |  last reply


Rust Stains on Clothes?

We got some rust stains on clothing, Washing did not help. Any help

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Pimp your clothes

We need to know ways to make regular clothes look cool. We need help tricking out regular jeans, plain shirts, and jackets.

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Clothes Drier on the fritz.

My mom and I just finished repairing a clothes drier that has been sucking a ton of electricity, and has been taking more than two cycles to completely dry a load of clothes. The only things we really did were to remove all the lint, and carefully cleaned the heater coil. To find out if we did a good repair I decided to make the drier run with the door open, and to my surprise the whole coil began to glow like a toaster. I have made it run with the door open before, and the heater coil has never glowed very much. Is it okay for it to be doing this?

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Help with clothes rack?

I desperately need some racks for clothes on hangers, to be used for out-of-season storage in my garage and also at my upcoming yard sale. I'm tired of buying the flimsy garment racks at Wal-Mart, etc. I'm willing to build them myself from wood or pipes (preferably pipes, for sturdiness) if someone could suggest how to do this. Any advice? I don't know anything about welding or cutting pipes, etc. -- just simple home repairs -- but am willing to tackle any beginner-level instructions. Thanks for any information -- Carolyn Bahm, Collierville, TN

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Baby clothes quilt

I am about to endeavor to start making a quilt out of my children's baby clothes which are made of various fabrics, some of which are t-shirt fabric.  I have never made a quilt before and really have no clue.  I'm not thinking it will be perfect.  I'm thinking of making 5 x 5 inch pieces.  First question:  do you think 5x5 or 6x6 pieces are a good size?  Second question:  for the t-shirt material, do I cut the square first and THEN fuse it to make it more stable?  Or do I fuse first then cut into a square?  I know I need to put 1/2 inch on all sides for seams?  But still my main question is: cut then fuse, or fuse then cut?  And really, it only needs to be nice enough so that I can gaze at it when I am older and it is covering my old painful knees and reminisce about my children when they were young.  Thank you.

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What can I use to create a magnetic effect on a t-shirt ?

I want to create customisable clothing, where design attributes are attached to a t-shirt using magnets. I want the magnet element to be hidden as best as possible. Ay ideas???

Question by claree23   |  last reply


cool/punk stuff to wear? Answered

Anything cool/punk you can suggest that i make or wear, im re-inventing myself, and REALLY like punk

Question by Lucidman   |  last reply


magnetic device left on shirt /ink leaked onto the garment. how do i get the ink out?

Store magnetic device was left on. My husband being the impatient person he is tried to take it off. The ink leaked out onto the garment. How do I get the ink out. I can take the garment back with my reciept to get the device off but now left with the stain. What will take this ink out?

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High fashion functional commuter wear men, women, or unisex!?

Hi everyone, I am a fourth year design student researching a niche in the cycling market. I am researching womens males or unisex commuter wear that is both high end and functional. I am marketing for the vancouver market. Heres a questionaire I'd love to hear some answers on!! 1) Would you wear high end stylish functional cycling wear? 2) Would you wear it to and from the office? 3) What if it suit your business attire? 4) What if it didn't look like cycling wear, but it fuctioned great on a bike ( mesh areas for breathing, liners for sweat, natural fibers for breathing)? 5) What would you like to see for chic funtional commuter wear? 6) What if it was water proof... or had water proof layers?

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Spanish fashion designer creates spray on clothing. Thoughts?

A Spanish fashion designer, with the help of the imperial college of London (I think I said that right?) has created "spray on clothes". Personally I think it's absolutely ridiculous and will never where clothes made like that, after all it's more like coating your body in silly string then wearing clothes, right? But, anyway, what are your thoughts on this? http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/09/spray-on-fabric/ (Image source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/wp-content/gallery/spray-on-fabric/fabrican3.jpg)

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Making a pseudo-luminescent stripe on clothing

I hope this is the right place to ask for advice, I'm new to the site and don't have the hang of everything yet. I'm in the planning stage of a Tron Legacy inspired hooded sweatshirt I intend to make. One of the outfits that really caught my eye in the movie were the coats with the luminescent stripes running up the inside and around the inside of the hood. I can't find any pictures of them on the web, but picture something like the glowing stripes on Daft Punk's outfits in this picture: http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/article/113/1131044/tron-legacy-20101028103012902.jpg I'd like to sort of recreate that on a less intense scale (unless somebody wants to share a way to add cgi special effects to real life! :P ) using a method to make the material look luminescent without actually glowing itself. The idea I have now that I was tossing around with a friend would be to run reflective tape around the inside edge of the hoodie, then stitch the tape on, and then run EL wire around the outer edge of the tape, so it would be hidden under the seam of the hoodie. I think that would work by reflecting the light from the EL wire into the tape and giving the illusion of it glowing. After some discussion my friend told me about this site and said I could ask here and maybe somebody would know another way of doing it that might look better. Anyway, thanks for reading all that, if my project turns out good I'll try to put together an Instructable guide on how to "Tron-ify" your own clothes! :)

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Cycling activity, need help?

Next week, I will have a cycling activity, and I want to buy cycling shorts for my girl friend. Has any one tried http://www.outbackbikers.com/? It seems very cheap, but I am afraid of the bad quality.

Question by Hughes Jessica 


What is the best way to get your own design on a blank t-shirt?

A couple friends and I are hoping to make hand-made t-shirts for our band, I am not really fond of the photo transfer paper route. Is there any long-lasting, creative ways of getting our own designs on a blank shirt?

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Laser Cutting Fabric

I study product design and I'm designing a home craft laser cutter machine, I was hoping anyone who has experimented with laser cutting fabric/ clothing/accessories could share what tips they found made the process easier or the problems that occurred whilst doing this. I would appreciate if you could help me with a few questions  I have :) What did you use to keep the fabric straight whilst laser cutting? What would be the best material to put in between the fabric to prevent cutting through for example both sides of a t shirt, plastic sheet or cardboard or.. ? Would you find it beneficial if you could have a small machine to cut out smaller sized fabric to attach for dresses, tops etc of for accessories? If there is any aspect of the process that you think would benefit from being made simpler what would it be? Thank you for your time Any feedback would be much appreciated Kelly-Ann Moore Staffordshire University Student

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Anyone noticed anything weird about new clothes/cloths?

Has anyone noticed that new clothes and things like washcloths and dishtowels seem to repel water when they get wet? Not really repel, but they don't absorb it, and the surface stays (and feels) wet.After the clothes get washed a couple hundred times, it wears off and is like old clothes.Can anyone tell me why this is happening (and why manufacturers decided to do this)?

Topic by Bran   |  last reply


Clothing, One of The Oldest Technologies

I was reading an article here http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2011/03/23/funny-and-fascinating-the-importance-of-the-washing-machine/ and it points out that clothing is one of the oldest technologies that is still in use today. Marshall asks a great question, "What will replace clothing made of textiles?" Instructables has done a lot of work on modernizing clothing and I was thinking what treatment would the community here give that question? I think it would be a great competition!

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SF Clothing Swap at CELLspace

This Saturday, January 19th, there's a clothing swap at CELLspace in San Francisco.From the swapsf website:What: Sweet! The first clothing swap of 2008!When: Saturday, January 19th, noon-3pmWhere: CELLspace (2050 Bryant St. between 18th & 19th) map How Much: $5 ($10 without clothes)Featuring: Mountains of well-organized clothing swappage! $2 wine & Trumer Pils! On-site screenprinting & tailoring! Tasty beats by poolboy & d (4handed)! Free Meth Coffee (BYOC, otherwise $2)! Absinthe candy by Lit Lollipops! Other stuff as it comes up! Leftover clothing will be donated to local charities, including Dolores Street Community Services, A Safe Place for Women, and The Stop AIDS Project.

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Spray On Clothing, fabric in a can?

Anybody have ideas for DIY spray on/paint on clothing/fabric along the lines of fabrican? Even a fabric that would be impossible to wash or even take off the model without destroying would be a cool start. It could be used for visualizing dress sculptures or something along those lines, at the very least.

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punk/goth style of clothes

My style of dress is what you could call a combonation of punk and goth. i like doing things like making my own clothing and jewlery, by following inctructables of course, but there is not a lot that fits my style. if making clothes is something that you do well please make an inctructable on punk/goth clothing.                            thanks.

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Fun with Buttons - Clothing Mods

Use pretty new buttons for a simple clothing-mod to update your wardrobe.  Fashion and DIY blogger Amanda at Color Me Blue posted this awesome project.  I have found some great fashion DIY projects on her blog.  

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An idea for an alternative cloth wringer

I'm thinking about a new design for a cloth wringer like function. A product that will squeeze your cloth from water. Not pointing out any imperfections from a generic cloth wringer shown in the first picture but its just a thought of designing a new one since some say that the current mechanism of a cloth wringer doesn't do the job effectively or there is a separate need for a bucket for it to be attached. Anyway, the design I'm thinking of is to solve any problems that is experienced by a normal cloth wringer.I'm thinking of a new design that would include a tube that would let you insert your desired cloth and a separate cloth absorber that would absorb the water when you squeeze the tube. A picture of a tube would look like the second picture (taken from the internet, youtube aa product called "Easy Squeezy" by Vitility). However its mechanism isn't the same as the idea I have but its physical appearance is kind of the same. I can't make a new one since I still don't know how it would look like based on the mechanism I have in mind.The Easy Squeezer's mechanism includes two separate tubes and you'll need to insert your cloth inside the inner tube and close it by another tube. Then you'll need to apply a force directly into the tube so you'll be able to squeeze out the water from your cloth. As shown from the youtube demonstration video (Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--tHZRMjk3Q)Thus, an idea came up and the mechanism I have in mind is you'll need the tubes just like from the "Easy Squeezer" and a separate absorbing cloth (preferrably a microfiber one). Then, you'll need to roll your wet cloth along with the microfiber cloth and insert it into the tube. After you've inserted the two rolled clothes into the tubes the mechanism would allow you to create a twisting force into the tubes and ultimately squeeze most of the water from the wet cloth while preserving an uncreased cloth. Which is illustrated from the fourtth picture. Generally, you can do the twisting yourself even without the tubes but it would take a great effort to squeeze and make it a tedious job when you're going to do it for a large amount of wet clothes. The mechanism I have in mind is for the tubes' ability to translate a larger torque (or twisting moment) into the tubes while only having to exert little force. However, the problem is I don't know how to start in the design. Any ideas and suggestions on how to improve?

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Help. Clothes Dryer Motor

Help.. I have a Motor from a Clothes Dryer.. I want to Use it as a Generator.. can anyone help me? It has a three wires.. a blue, red and yellow-black ones.. how will i use those wires? please give me some inputs.. thanks.. 

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Computer mouse inside cloth...

A while back i saw a "how to" about a mouse that is inside a sock kinda thing, and you rotate it inside this fabic to use it....i cant remember what its called or even if it was here that i saw it but im pretty sure that it was....im thinking maybe its called something like a soap mouse or something but i dont really know.... someone here has to know what im talking about...... please and thanks Liquor

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Grippy stuff for sports clothes

Hi hi, i have an old pair of cyclist's leg warmers. they have lost some of their elastic action, and they fall down almost straight away. I went and bought some new elastic to sew onto them, but also wanted to stick some gripper stuff on the inside. The gripper stuff is found on most knicks and cycle shorts now; it's some sort of silicone or rubber that grips to your leg. I don't know what exactly it is, so didn't want to go out to the hardware store and just buy some tube of silicone, only to find out it irritates the hell out of my skin or just doesn't do the job. I tried a (big) sewing supplies store, but they had no idea what it could be. Can anyone help? I'm in Australia. I saw that in the states you can buy elastic with the gripper already on it, which is a bit of a pain. The gripper stuff is used by skiers and canoeists too... Cheers, Ben

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Adidas golf clothes comfortable and fashionable

Athletic clothing brings new collection of adidas golf clothing at discount rates, which are designed to maximize your comfortable and to show off your style, adidas golf clothing created around scientific evidence of what promotes improved athletic performance. You will find a huge selection of products from adidas golf clothing right here.

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"Provisioners of America's finest plural clothing"

Pantalaine, since 1950. I truly wish this existed!From the blurb for "Super Sweats":Double-reinforced sleeve/leg joints are guaranteed against-wearUp to 30 arms in 18 different colorsArms distributed in even or odd quantities on one or both legsAs always, "if you don't see it on the the floor, we'll be happy to make it"Ask about our American flag stylesLots more completely ridiculous items on the website!

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I need ideas for clothes management; (hanging/storing without a closet.)?

Store, organizing, hanging, etc... Ideas needed for my clothes since I now have no closet.

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How do I fade dark blue jeans?

I have purchased a couple of pairs of dark jeans. Is there any way to expedite the fading process?

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How to you make wrinkle release spray?

There is a spray that is expensive made by downy that will release wrinkles in casual summer shirts and dresses.  Would anyone have a homemade recipe for this?

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How can I create a "C-string" using a cup protector? (because it's underwear, maybe NSFW)

Hello, We would like to create our own "C-String". We already have a cup protector (athletes use this). Is there a way to make something so that the cup protector stays on despite gravity, or despite "size/volume changes"? (It's for a male). The person wearing this will be lying down. Thus, whatever we make the "String" out of (the part that loops around to the buttucks area) has to be comfortable. Perhaps there's a way to make use of the 3 breathing holes on the cup. ...

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does anyone know how to work with the rubber that looks like metal? and where I can get the rubber? Answered

Examples can be seen here www.organicarmor.com/Home/About.htm I want to make my own costumes... those are nice... and expensive.

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Felting - what type of knitwear?

I have some stained sweaters, i.e. cannot be worn, which I'd like to felt for craft projects, but I'm not sure what will felt successfully. That is does it have to be 100% wool? If not what is the minimum amount of wool it has to contain to be felt-able? Thank you for your help.     

Question by buddydog71   |  last reply


Anybody know how to repair the last name lettering or numbers on the back of a NHL or NFL sweater/jersey? Answered

The names are starting to 'crack' and peel off the backs of my beloved sweaters.  The hockey sweater is something like a cotton blend and the football sweater is, I think, some sort of synthetic blend.  Any ideas are much appreciated. :)

Question by happi cat #71   |  last reply


How can I make a new t-shirt softer?

I have a few t-shirts I have gotten as gifts that I absolutely love, but they are that new, "stiff" feeling cotton shirts... I would love to find a way to make them feel more "well-worn" and aged. Not necessarily vintage-y, just softer, more broken in, as if they've been worn for years. Is there any way to do this, besides just using copious amounts of fabric softener?

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Ceiling-hung, Retractible Clothes line or rack for use with clothes hanges

I think this would be very popular in smaller rooms (or one in which you don't want a sagging clothesline running through your field of vision). I would like to hang a sturdy, pipe-like structure (so no sagging under light to medium weight) that I could pull down on a retractible cord/pipe/other to hang coat hangers of washed tee shirts to dry and then retract back up out of the way while drying or not in use. When I was a kid in the 60s we had a ceiling lamp above a table that worked like this; when you were working on something you could just pull it down (click click click) to however close to the table you wanted, then back up out of the way when you were done. This idea would be hung from 2 spots on the ceiling with some kind of mechanism that would allow for pull-down access and then push up storage; some type of pipe suitable for holding clothes hangers would be strung up at both ends and mounted to the ceiling. The "pipe" would then hang level when use at an accessible height, and the "push up" to hang level, closer to the ceiling. Ideally this would be not too heavy as I have smashed my dominant-hand wrist and have limited strength as a result. Help me Mr. Robots! Help!

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I would like to start sewing and making my own clothes.

I was not raised in an environnement where it was thought to be a suitable activity for a boy. I'm looking for some clues on how to start off. Where to begin with ?

Question by WillZurMacht   |  last reply


"Dyeing" to know?

I was wondering if any one has some good ideas to help me with an annoying problem if it can be helped. I like to on occasion get used jeans like pants est and colour them using the ready to dye from a box. I pour the contents in to a large pot, add water, add an article of clothing and simmer for an hour or more. Then I rinse it under cold water and dry. After I wear the thing, it comes time for it to get washed, I notice a lot of colour bleeds out in to the water again. It doesn’t seem to change the intensity of the colour job but I was wondering if there’s a way of making the colour bleed less when I wash my article of clothing. Am I missing something? Should I do a salt bath after I dye the clothing? Just that the instructions say it has every thing in the powder. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks.

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Does the Instructable Website have a store where you can buy stuff with the robot on it??

If they do not, I think they should...I would love to have a Instructables Robot Patch or 3  to put on my coats & Jackets....maybe a sweatshirt or T-Shirt as well...hats even....I love baseball hats.... key chains might be another good idea....can you tell I like this website??  :P I'm thinking craft instructables in the works.....

Question by SIRJAMES09   |  last reply


How could I make a standard pair of jeans more steampunk? Answered

I need a way to practically fix up some jeans for everyday wear and tear (and washing) that would be practical to wear, say to work or school, but would not be out of place with a steampunk ensemble. really i just kind of need the jeans to be a bridge between steampunk and modern fashion, so that i won't get funny looks from teachers and co-workers by showing up in full neo-victorian/steampunk garb.

Question by a.nony.mouse   |  last reply


What kind of led to use in cloth?

Would like to know what would be a good size/ type led to use to have all over a garment such as a shirt, or pants, or hat etc., and would like to make them flash randomly (possible halloween/ new years/ party outfits, etc.). I like the look and brightness I've seen in the ones that are in the led strips, but don't know if or how those surface mount led's, such as 3528's, 5050's, etc., can be bought individually (and operated without chips), and if so, how I might go about attaching/ sewing them into, or onto the cloth. I need small but as bright as possible. They would probably need to be able to operate on anywhere from 3 to 12 volts (maybe carry battery/ power pack in pocket?). Do they make some kind of led I just don't know about for this kind of thing? I'm not looking for prefab units that attach to your clothes by just clipping or sticking or pinning. Could also use any ideas on wiring (to include flashing means-maybe 555, or other method?) Thanks for ideas.

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Gibson box into clothes hanger (materials?) Answered

Hi!! i've an issue... I wanna turn the Gibson image on this box ( https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/379172_10150941929298151_198254740_n.jpg ) into an clothes hanger (where the keys of the guitar are the place to put the clothes)... what can i use to make the box stronger? like wood or something? unfortunatly i don't have a saw or something like that... does someone of you have a clue?

Question by FenriX   |  last reply


How do you Iron Clothes? Answered

The one thing I didn't bother to learn from mom when I moved out and now I need to iron my wrinkled slacks and a cotton button up shirt for an interview.

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Security Camera that sees through clothing.

Reuters: LONDON--A British company has developed a camera that can detect weapons, drugs or explosives hidden under people's clothes from up to 25 meters away in what could be a breakthrough for the security industry. Link to Camera news

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Can you make a clothes wringer?

I would love to have a wringer for use when dying fabrics, but just can't afford to buy a new one. The antique wringers often have damaged rollers, but they can cost as much or more than a new one.

Question by dulciquilt   |  last reply


woven bamboo subsititute for fiberglass cloth

I spent a lot of time in the Philippines and saw that they use woven bamboo mats to make the walls of houses. While at the hardware store I saw fiberglass resin and remembered the wired.com article about the guy and the bambo bike. This got me to thinking if there was a way to use woven bamboo mats as a subsitute for fiberglass cloth. Mainly because I am cheap and not for environmental concerns. maybe hand woven bamboo mats laminated together for plywood, or use as a boat hull? maybe housing material?

Topic by KungFuChicken   |  last reply


Eco-conscious: Cloth Grocery Bags

My friend Rawhide did a considerable bit of pre-consumption research into cloth grocery bags, so I'm reposting his conclusions here. What are your preferences?Rawhide on cloth grocery bags:I wound up buying these bags since they were lightweight, under $15, and could stand on their own.Overall, I've found them quite nice. The nicest thing is that even a large grocery trip fits in 4 bags, so it's just easier to move them from the cart to the car and the car to the house. They do stand on their own, though they have to be fully open and placed down with a modicum of care; I guess they are exactly like paper grocery bags in this regard.Baggers deal with them fine, though I have to thrust the bags on them. I've never had one really notice the bags until I plop them down. Even then they sometimes reach for the plastic out of habit.

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