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Judging for the 3-D ornament contest ended 11/14.  Its 11/22.  When will the winners be selected?

Topic by sfauer    |  last reply

Ornament Contest

I thought the rules stated that the ornament needed to fit in a 3x3x3 box. Several finalist did not follow this rule?

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Ornament Contest Questions

I have a few questions about the Ornament Contest: 1. What brand/type of Printer will be used to print the final designs? 2. Where will the designs be printed? 3. How many copies of the final 8 designs will be printed? will there just be one or will the whole tree be covered in copies of those 8 ornaments 4.Can the ornament require assembly, or should it be ready to hang straight off of the printer? 5. Can we request that our ornaments be filled with plants?

Topic by AVA_CAPRI    |  last reply

Hood Ornament Help? Answered

I am starting to collect things that have to do with cars, like hood ornaments, and I came across this. I tried looking it up, but I found no help...anyone know? I swear I have seen it before, but maybe not.

Question by Hackrtanman    |  last reply

Cutting brass sheets: replicating Christmas ornaments

I'm looking to replicate a brass ornament for a dear friend. The ornaments in question are similar to these ( Do you guys have any suggestions on how to get the precision for the concentric rings as well as the detail inside? I thought about using a Dremel for the detail work, and snips for the outside, but I'm having trouble coming up with a solution for the rounded rectangles.  Thanks!

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is there a way to convert a lighted Christmas Tree Ornament from watch batteries to plug into a mini light set???

I have a Lighted Christmas Tree Ornament that is powered by plugging it into a mini light set.  I have 5 other Lighted Christmas Tree Ornament that run on watch batteries.  Is there a way to convert these into being able to plug into a mini light set????

Question by Glyceron    |  last reply

Christmas Ornament Patch: Ho Ho Ho!

'Tis the season to be decorating with ornaments! If you want an ornament patch, leave a new comment below saying "Ho Ho Ho!" This is open until noon PST. I'll be giving out patches when it closes. UPDATE: This is closed! Purple ornaments have been delivered! Stay tuned for more ornaments.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Instructables Robot Christmas Ornament

Check out this awesome robot ornament we've been giving away as Christmas/New Year/Holiday presents!

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

Ornament Patch Giveaway: Trees!

UPDATE: Giveaway is closed! You can't have ornaments without trees! So to go along with all these ornaments we want to see some trees in the comments. So... If you want a patch, post a new comment with a picture of a tree. Check out my first comment below for an example. Never added an image to a comment before? At the bottom of the comment box, click "add image," then click "Choose Files." Pick your image and click "Upload" Don't do the Christmas tree thing? It can be any tree. Giveaway ends at 1pm PST! Get it in by then to get a patch.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Ornament Patch Giveaway: Presents!

UPDATE: Giveaway is closed! Everything is all set up, now we just need some presents so... Post a new comment with a picture of a present and get a patch. Never added an image to a comment before? At the bottom of the comment box, click "add image," then click "Choose Files." Pick your image and click "Upload" Giveaway ends at 1pm PST! Get it in by then to get a patch.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Ornament Patch Giveaway: Lights!

UPDATE: Giveaway is closed! With all the trees in place we need some lights to shine on in the night. So... Post a new comment with a picture of lights and get a patch. Never added an image to a comment before? At the bottom of the comment box, click "add image," then click "Choose Files." Pick your image and click "Upload" Giveaway ends at 5pm PST! Get it in by then to get a patch.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

#ibles ornament prize pack

Hello everyone, I just won a prize for the instructables ornament and I was filling the details form. Then, I read one statement which stated that if I live outside US then I will receive a coupon of the prize value. I am not a fan of money but a fan of Instructables. So, at last I want to say that I would like to get the instructables prize pack instead of a $10 coupon. If you will send the pack, it will remain with me forever but the movey will get spent Thanks

Question by Gagan jain    |  last reply

Ideas for school X-mas holiday shop items? Answered

Out elementary school has a holiday shop ever year, when the kids get to buy items for their families. (.25-$1) I want to make some items to donate, but I am overwhelmed with ideas. They should be simple, cheap, and should only take 10 minutes (or less)  or so to make each. I can sew, crochet, paper crafts, etc.    Ornaments? Bags? Toys?  Thoughts?????

Question by domestic_engineer    |  last reply

how do you make home-ade aquarium ornaments?

I have wanted to make homeade aquarium ornaments for my fish tank but could not find  out how to can anyone help????

Question by sonicsizer    |  last reply

Christmas Ornament patches! Get one now!

UPDATE: Giveaway is closed. We need to decorate this place a little bit. If you want an ornament patch to liven up your profile, just post a new comment below saying "Happy Holidays!" below. Oh, and this is only up for a few hours. Get a comment up before 3pm PST (that's just over three hours from posting time) to get a patch! UPDATE: Patches will be assigned after 3pm.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Christmas Ornament patches! Grab one soon!

Fungus amungus just left for lunch, but I managed to grab one of his ornaments to hand out! Since I'm a huge fan of sugary sweets, here's the deal: Let me know what your favorite holiday dessert or candy is, and you receive this totally sweet ornament patch! These goodies won't last though, post before 3pm PST to get your patch.  I should be able to keep fungus amungus occupied until then. Update: Thank you everyone for the awesome treat ideas!  I'm going to have to look into a lot of them.  For now, the patches have been sent, and the time is up.

Topic by StumpChunkman    |  last reply

Ornament Patch Giveaway: Snowball Fight!

UPDATE: Giveaway is closed! Thanks for fighting playing! Once again, I'm going to be giving away some ornament patches to decorate your profile page. If you want a patch, post a new comment with a picture of a snowball and your attack phrase.  Check out my first comment below for an example. Never added an image to a comment before? At the bottom of the comment box, click "add image," then click "Choose Files." Pick your image and click "Upload" Snowball fight ends at 1pm PST! Get it in by then to get a patch.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

How to make an open book ornament?

Can anyone tell me how to make a book that is glued open that you put a nice verse on and display? I've seen them and would like to make one!?

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Ornament Patch Giveaway: Give Thanks

UPDATE: Giveaway is closed! Thanks to all who posted here. Everyone is of course free to post more comments here, but no more patches will be given out. The cool thing about Instructables is how so many people share their knowledge and ideas so freely with everyone else. This can be with an Instructable, a forum post, a comment, or any other interaction here. When someone does something that makes your life better or more fun it's truly a gift. So... Post a new comment thanking a member of Instructables and get a patch. You can say why you're thanking the other member or not. That's entirely up to you. Pictures are also optional. Giveaway ends at 12pm PST, December 24! Get it in by then to get a patch. This is the last ornament giveaway. Happy Holidays, everyone.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge Winners!

We're very proud to announce the winners of the Instructables 3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge. The White House chose five designs to be printed and displayed in the East Wing over the holidays. If you want to add a piece of White House history to your holiday tree this year, you can download and print one of the winning designs from the Instructables or by visiting A big congratulations to Gil Rivera, Vicky Somma, Antar Gamble Hall, Roy Eid, and David Moore and Brandy Badami — you all made history today!

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Is it safe to use old ornament hooks for jewelry? Answered

I want to use some old, "giant staple-looking" ornament hooks to make beaded charms to hang off a choker, but I don't know what the hooks are made of. I don't really know anything about beading materials or jewelry-making in general. The packaging's long gone and they've been sitting in the toolbox for years. I made one charm and want to make more, but I don't know whether it's okay to keep using these hooks or use wire that's actually sold as wire for jewelry-making. Aside from "don't stab yourself, don't ingest the wire," I'd like to know whether this kind of metal can cause skin irritation or rashes or if that's an issue with any sort of metal (if the latter, is there anything I can do about it?). Unfortunately, I haven't tried wearing the charm I made because I have a bug bite on neck; the charm would brush right up against it. My fingers seem fine, though.

Question by Selceta    |  last reply

I am sorry....Coming soon, a very GEEKY ornament (if I can get it to look nicer then it now does....)

It seems I have, once again, failed to finish what I wanted to in a timely manner.  I do hope I can "clean it up" enough for it to look "good enough" to warrant the wait.... Someone will easily be able to make improvements on this project, since I haven't the type of tools available to make it look SUPER, still I do want it to look presentable befofre publishing it. Coming soon to an ibles near you....

Topic by Goodhart    |  last reply

Do You Prefer More Pics and Vids in Making an Xmas Edible Ornamental Food ? Answered

I'm Putting together an instructable for an Delectable Old World Czech Xmas Traditional Goodie and the dough is a bit of a trick to do even  with a top notch food processor grinder. So I'm wondering, if 12 short 20 sec videos are too many  for a good ible ?

Question by iceng    |  last reply

Xmas Contest

Hey Everyone, Any idea, if instructables has any Xmas contests? That involve Xmas stuff. As in, maybe, ornaments, yard sculptures, tree decorating, etc... Anyone?

Topic by Greasetattoo    |  last reply

Treetop Ornament Mover/Squirrel Ski Lift/Aerial Transporter

Not sure where this should go, exactly, feel free to recommend.  Last year, for a Christmas lawn decoration, we wanted to have some plywood "gifts" delivered across the lawn. Combined with Santasaurus Rex and his Reindingos, we came up with the following: (embedding not working out for me, link here) We used 20" bicycle wheels held horizontally, supported entirely from above, and ended up using the cheapest electric drill from home depot, with a wheel chucked up, to friction drive one of the bike wheels. This worked, but it was very loud, and the setup from last year was mostly destroyed when we took it all out of the trees.  I'd really like to take another shot at moving ornaments, and the drive end is the biggest hangup. Does anyone have a suggestion on doing something similar? 

Topic by gotcha640  

How Do I Move an Instructable From Crafts to Woodworking

When looking for a place to publish my instructable about "Making Unique, Light Catching Laminated Wood, Plastic and Copper Ornamental Turnings," I put it under crafts. The thought of looking for the subtopic "woodwork" didn't occur to me at the time I posted it, and I was focused on a glitch in the instructables web site. The item does belong under woodworking, since it was a wood-acrylic ornament turned on a wood lathe.How do I move it. Do I have to destroy the one under crafts and start all over pulling photos in?

Question by KellyCraig  

Upload image to contest

How do we upload our tinkercad design to your contest? We have followed the steps and and we get the message to add the picture and it's already there. What file type do we need to use? We are using stl

Question by karen.nelson.5686322    |  last reply

welding cast iron to mild steel

Welding cast iron to mild steel is for the most part done with ornamental iron such as gates and fences. the ornaments are typicaly cast iron such as spearpoints and fit over the top of what ever square tubing size ect you are working with. If you weld say with a mig welder in the normal mannor you rweld will cold roll and ball on you leaving a poor appearance that you will have to spend time grinding to make look good. Fortunatly it is not a matter of strenght or how much penetration ect. It is just ornamentation but must look good. Now take your mig welder with say 035 wire and use pure argon..(less spatter). Turn your welders heat up somewhat past what your normanl setting would be for what ever thickness you are using. Use breif spot welding like techniques overlapping as needed. You will find that this makes a good wash bead with no undercut or cold roll. The argon gas helps to keep down all the extra spatter welding cast iron to mild steel seems to cause. Larger peices such as caps for say 4by4 gate posts or fence posts, i preheat as uniformely as possibly to just under cherry red then weld as described. It welds badly because cast iron is actualy dirty, literaly with particles of dirt in the cheap castings, wich the ornaments are. Not haviong the need to be anealed or nodular for instance. If the welds are not going to show then you dont have to do this. It will still weld, just do not expect the clean perfect welds you are used to.  And NO I do not have PICS AND I dont own a digital camera nor do i know how to use one let alone put them on a computer.

Topic by beserker    |  last reply

Advice for newbie - rotational art?

Hi there, A few years ago I picked up a lovely ornament - a crystal ball contained within a conical spiral wire thing.  When suspended you could manually spin the wire to create the illusion of the crystal ball falling (very poor explanation but hopefully you get it?). Anyway - I've always wanted to automate this, so that you can hang it up in the conservatory and enjoy a nice cup of tea whilst this thing continues to spin. My simple idea was to have the ornament hung on a basic motor (solar powered / using a solar powered battery would be even better). And that's where my idea stops.  I've searched online and remain baffled by the plethora of motors and accessories that I might need. In very simple terms can anyone advise what: electric motor I need (the ornament is probably around 1kg, I'd like it to spin at around 60 rpm?) whether I can power it via solar (ideally to charge a battery so that I can have it working at night when there is no sun!) Any other helpful tips? First time on this place - looks incredibly interesting and fun. Thanks in advance, Jamie

Topic by Jamie_Jumbles    |  last reply

Crafts to make from dot matrix printer paper edges?

I used to have instructions on how to make Christmas ornaments from the edges torn from dot matrix printer paper.  I can't find them, anyone ever heard of these?

Question by dadaraga    |  last reply

Instructables in the Wall Street Journal today ~

Last year I posted an instructable on making ornaments out of turkey neck bones. One of the comments was less than glowing. This is mentioned today in an article in WSJ. See "When a turkey's gone..." front page. Sharon Hauser (SharonH)

Topic by SharonH    |  last reply

(newsletter) Homemade Gift Ideas

Sign-up for this newsletter: Art | Craft | Food | Games | Green | Home | Kids | Life | Music | Offbeat | Outdoors | Pets | Photo | Ride | Science | Tech Happy Holidays! Avoid the Black Friday rush, and make your own gifts this year! It's a great way to give your loved ones truly personalized gifts, and far easier on the wallet. We've collected our favorite fast, fool-proof holiday gifts and decorating ideas below to make it even easier! Don't forget to document what you make, and enter our Homemade Holidays Contest and Food Contest! Recycled Paper Hawaiian Lei Hackable Christmas Card & Ornament Monster Business Card Holder Giant Sparkleball Hand Blown Glass Ornaments Make a Unique Tile Picture Spiral LED Chandelier Expandable Christmas Stocking Make 6-Pointed Paper Snowflakes Can Art: Recycle Your Cans Ping Pong Ball Lights Make Bath Bombs Christmas Gift Guides Homemade Gifts Christmas Gift Ideas Homemade Christmas Gifts Christmas Ornaments Christmas Tree Decorations Crafts for Christmas Super Mario Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA Sign-up for this newsletter:

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Newbie... How do I create the singing pumpkin as a singing Christmas Ornament for my holiday bash?

Every year I have a huge Christmas party at my place, and every year I do something more over the top. I'm just now getting into lighting and things and have no background experience in any of this. For instance, you say relay switch... I say WHA? I of course can "look it up", and I've been known to dabble in circuitry. However, I wanted this year to try to re-create the singing halloween pumpkins (that I saw in a video), or the singing Haunted mansion ghosts, into singing animated ornaments (the big kind). I know this can be done, its just a matter of understanding the steps involved. For instance, I know I will probably need a projector of sorts and huge ornaments and some sort of animation. I mostly have mac products so if the programs are for windows they won't work for me. Also, the easiest will probably be the best since I'm new. I also checked out the hologram illusion technique and the glass projection as ideas for doing this or possibly showing a floating movie or christmas short. Thanks for any and all highly detailed information. I would love to get into these things as I'm a Christmas nut and well, most of the Christmas stuff out there just sucks for creativity, but Halloween decor is insanely cool.  I want Disney-like animations and projections. Something special that WOWS. Thanks again!

Question by shadyangel    |  last reply

Delorean Time Machine

Hi guys, I would just like to ask for some tips/advice/suggestions on how to build a Delorean Time Machine (as featured in Back To The Future). I'm not talking about an actual scale model - decent ornament size will do, to be displayed on a shelf. It would be cool to include some fancy electronics inside of it. Perhaps a digital alarm clock?

Topic by nuendo    |  last reply

I Need Measuring & Marking Help

I have a plastic ornament that I want to mark out with a measuring grid. I have a compass, which I can mark the sphere out in fourth's, but my measurements are always off by an 1/8th of an inch. How do I measure this sphere with accurate marked grid? String, paper, scotch tape, laser cross-hair, T-Square & yard stick?

Question by elkaddalek    |  last reply

How do I paint something but still keep it transparent? Answered

I've got one of those clear plastic balls used for making Christmas ornaments. I need to make it pink but it still needs to be see-through, like a bubble. Is there a certain sort of paint I should use or is their just a trick with regular ole acrylic paint that'll do the trick?

Question by Numbuh1Nerd    |  last reply

How to make a Christmas Tree look fuller?

My tree is tall and beautiful, but the branches are fairly spread out. It's a spruce, with short needles. I am looking for some creative ways to make it appear bushier. Adding real tree boughs isn't an option because I don't want them to dry out. I have a ton of ornaments to go on this baby, and I would love some ideas. Thanks!

Question by BCJennyP    |  last reply

Should I post Barrax's double barrel shottie and Barrett M82?

Well guys and girls, I've had the pictures sent to me by Barrax for his Shotgun (ORNAMENTAL - Doesn't shoot) and his Barrett (Shoots). Would you guys like me to post them? I think this should be a question, to be honest... NOTE: The Barrett pictures are on my ancient (7 year old) laptop, so it may take a while to recover them!

Topic by RMConstruction    |  last reply

How to install LED eyes on a wooden lawn deco bird and power it with wings that move and rotate with the wind? Answered

We have a flamingo bird, a wooden lawn ornament (of course), called a "Whirlygig" by some, whose wings rotate when the wind picks up. I would like to know if there is a way to harness the energy from the rotating action of the wings to power a couple of LED lights used as the eyes on the bird. When the wind picks up, the wings begin to rotate very fast and at the same time, the LED eyes would glow brightly. The body of the bird is a flat piece of 3/4 inch wood so a 9 v battery wouldn't fit well and would interfere with the rotating wings. Could the rotating wings accommodate some sort of dynamo effect to power the LED eyes? What about some bare copper wires glued to the inside of the wings and a magnet glued to the body? With the rotating wings and copper wires, wouldn't there be enough voltage to power a couple of LEDs? A solar panel would be nice but we want the eyes to light up at night when the wind picks up. Any ideas?

Question by velcro2    |  last reply

How to make a Cheap HDR Light Probe for Compositing

Wal-Mart has 8 inch Silver Christmas balls for sale right now for about $2.50 Find one with a smooth paint job and relatively few ripples on at least one side. Using masking tape and plastic to mask off half of the ornament, spray paint the other half with auto primer. Mount on a dowel. This is as cheap as it's going to get, so I'd hop on it if I were you!

Topic by royalestel    |  last reply

Halloween/Autumn/Holiday Decorations

My mom recently put some crafts, that she annually makes, up for sale on etsy. Of course the hard part about selling on Etsy is getting people to your page among the thousands of others. If you are looking for some Halloween/Fall/Christmas decorations or just want some new ideas for handmade crafts check it out  Link----->   Hand Made By Shannon Thanks for looking! Any traffic on her website also helps! Here are a couple screenshot from the website 

Topic by sffitzge    |  last reply

Light from of pinball parts

Hi All, I really need someone's help here: I have these old pinball machine parts (see pics) that I'd like to turn into a nightlight for my son, or ornamental lights. While getting the bulb and wires isn't much of a problem, building something for the bulb to sit in is a bit more difficult. Oh, did I mention that my knowledge in electrics is zero? any suggestion and/or help offers would be highly appreciated. Thanks alot Yoav 

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Seal Glue Glitter on Plastic?

I bought some fancy reusable clear plastic cups and I applied some glue glitter on them.  Unfortunately, the dry glitter glue scrapes off, so I'm wondering Is there a sealant that can: 1) keep the glue from being scraped off, 2) dries clear (the glossier the better), and 3) is non toxic?  Tried Mod Podge spray sealer, Glossy Accents, even finger nail polish.  Any suggestions?

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Homemade Holidays Winners Announced

Instructables and CRAFT Magazine are happy to announce the winners of the Homemade Holidays Contest!While most people are out there trying to buy the perfect item, many of you were working to make the perfect gift and we love you for it. The personal touch of a handmade gift shows your creativity, and how much you care.Once again we were delighted by the variety of Instructables that were submitted. The entries just keep getting better and better -- just one look at the winners here shows that! Even though there are first, second, and third prizes, all of these Instructables deserve a look. Be sure to leave comments and pictures so the authors know how much you appreciate their hard work! First Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win a CRAFT Boxed Gift Set, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Flat Zipper Bag and Wallet How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf Make DIY Vanilla Extract! Second Prize WinnersThe authors of these Instructables win a one-year subscription to CRAFT Magazine, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Crochet a Baby Penguin Amigurumi Fiber Optic and LED Minature Garden Light How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to make a unique tile picture for less than $3! Make a Custom Lift-the-Flap Book for a Toddler Third Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. Due to a tie, there are 11 winners instead of 10. (in alphabetical order) Bat-Mobile hanging toy Chinese Dragon Pull Toy Give a real "fallen star" Grow your own Magic Crystal Tree How to make Candles! How to make Pixel Cookies! LoveBox - The box of love make your own cookie cutters Metal Embossing Stylish Santa Hoodie Venezia Napkin Rings Slideshow/Video Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) french market bag Homemade Apple Jelly How to crochet a DS case My Shadow Knit Piano Scarf Jackobs Ladder Optical Illusion Toy The Pirate's Secret Scarf Portable CD Pouch PVC Cello Unisex Neckwarmer Wooden rings Thank you to all the judges: arwen, natalie, ewilhelm, randofo, canida, rachel, reno_dakota, noahw, fungus amungus , and nagutron.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Minor bug: Issues of featured/popular tags

Hiya, I've had a couple of instructables 'featured' that don't have the featured bit on the corner such as my concrete rhubarb leaf: which I got an email saying 'watch the front page' but it never appeared and still didn't get the flashing.  Was this a mistake email sent out? Similarly today got a 'your instructable is popular' but it's not updated to show 'popular' - it's Any ideas?

Topic by tim_n    |  last reply

Help Identifying Sensor Component

Hello forumites: Needing some assistance in identifying a motion sensory component. Wife bought this annoying bird ornament at the dollar store the other day and the packaging stated it was motion activated. Sensitive apparently because the thing almost never shuts up. Had an idea to get a few more of them and pillage for parts to make a motion activated night light for my youngins when they get up in the middle of the night.  Funny thing is though, it doesnt look like any motion sensor Ive seen. Perhaps someone out here can throw me a bone.

Topic by Realism51    |  last reply

ideas needed for a horrible bathroom

I recently rented a new flat which has a small green bathroom. The tiles look horrible (green with brown floral ornaments - 60's style) and cover the whole walls till up to the ceiling. The room also has a green bathtub. Now I need some ideas to make this room usable and not a constant pain to eyes. Please remember that this is a rented flat where I cannot simply tear down walls. It must be removable after I move out again. I do hope this is the right forum to ask this.

Topic by Sakurai Masahito    |  last reply

Gift Exchange

           My skills include: Welding, Origami and General crafting. clipped from Google - 6/2010 I would be making the Heart out of bicycle chain and a Christmas ornament out of bicycle chain. I do not have an instrutable for that yet. This would be considered small or even very small. Since I had short notice about this contest this was the only instructable I have. I'm will to receive a smaller or larger size. I cannot think of anything I would not like. Since my package is small I can ship out of the country

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