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  • mlaiuppa. commented on Jay Bates's instructable Building a Cottage Style Dog House11 days ago
    Building a Cottage Style Dog House

    That's a great dog house for a Lab or Great dane or Newfoundland but for those little dogs it is way too big. Dog houses should be proportional to the size of the dog, with doors just big enough for them to get through and a footprint large enough for them to turn around and lay down. They are supposed to retain some heat to help keep the dogs comfortable. The little dogs, even if they were all in there at the same time, won't produce enough heat to keep warm. The door is too big for them. A flap or some strips might help with that if they are used to a doggie door.Rather than that fake ridge cap, a real one would have provided some ventilation, just like a real house. My Lab had a house a bit smaller than that. The door was just big enough for him to get in, the inside just big enough ...

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    That's a great dog house for a Lab or Great dane or Newfoundland but for those little dogs it is way too big. Dog houses should be proportional to the size of the dog, with doors just big enough for them to get through and a footprint large enough for them to turn around and lay down. They are supposed to retain some heat to help keep the dogs comfortable. The little dogs, even if they were all in there at the same time, won't produce enough heat to keep warm. The door is too big for them. A flap or some strips might help with that if they are used to a doggie door.Rather than that fake ridge cap, a real one would have provided some ventilation, just like a real house. My Lab had a house a bit smaller than that. The door was just big enough for him to get in, the inside just big enough for him to turn around and lay down stretched out. It doesn't have a functioning ridge cap but it does have a small louvre window similar to the gable end vent on my house. He spent many enjoyable naps in that house. The sled with pulls is an excellent design as you want the house up off the ground for both ventilation and to prevent rot and insects. The decorative shingles are a nice touch as real asphalt shingles should never be used as they generate too much heat.

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  • Make Your Own Stuffed Hobbes (Free Pattern!)

    check out how to make Teddy bears and you might find a way to get the limbs to be more forward. If you want to get really fancy, you can put in joints so the arms, legs and even head can move. They have plastic ones that eventually loosen but they are a bit safer for children. If you get him to sit, you can use plastic pellets in the bottom of the body to weigh him so he sits better.

    For hand stitching I'd use a buttonhole stitch along the edge. It gives a cleaner finished look. For the white parts on orange use white thread, for the black stripes use black thread.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on Gav110780's instructable Awesome English Breakfast Muffins6 weeks ago
    Awesome English Breakfast Muffins

    Awesome. I am going to try these. The number one reason? You have the same guinea pig salt and pepper shakers that I just gave my sister. But I also like English Muffins.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on kelleymarie's instructable Dog Pill Pouches2 months ago
    Dog Pill Pouches

    I've found the easiest and cheapest way to get my fussy dog to take his pills regularly and sure fire is to use liverwurst. He loves the stuff, I can usually get more than a week's worth out of one tube. A lot more cost effective than the store pill pockets and a lot easier than making my own pill pockets every day.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on mark7alex8's instructable Dog Wheelchair2 months ago
    Dog Wheelchair

    Wow, the photos, diagrams and detailed drawings are so useful in helping me to build a wheelchair for my dog. NOT. Not exactly an Instructable. What would this be? A braggable?

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on sgpope's instructable Dog Wheelchair2 months ago
    Dog Wheelchair

    I notice lately people have turned INSTRUCTABLES into PAYABLES. No longer generous in sharing their personal creations, now they advertise here and you have to buy detailed instructions if you can't figure it out from a photo. Really too bad. I used to like this site.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on rhanks's instructable Tiny House ~ the Bacon Bungalow!2 months ago
    Tiny House ~ the Bacon Bungalow!

    Excellent choice of materials and lovely design. I hope you post the finished or work in progress interior shots as that is where a lot of design decisions make or break and where the innovative use of materials shines. I look forward to an update with the interior.

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  • Lemon and Blueberry Scones

    If you make a thicker glaze you can pipe it in designs instead of it running all over the place and having to do it twice.

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  • How to Fix Corroded Battery Terminals

    I don't always have an emery cloth, plus some of those spots are really hard to get into. I've had some success using a small nail file such as a Diamond Deb.

    This is what I was going to say. We know this because you use vinegar and baking soda to make elementary school volcanoes.

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  • How to Make a Circular Saw Crosscut Jig and Router Guide 2 in 1

    No, it's not. I watched enough of the video to hear there are no measurements given.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on SusanYoung1982's instructable Teardrop Camper Made of Wood3 months ago
    Teardrop Camper Made of Wood

    No kitchen? I wanted to see that kitchen from the photo you posted under the chapter "Design". Can you post a link to where you got it?

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on mmmelroy's instructable Tiny Tiny Betta Tank4 months ago
    Tiny Tiny Betta Tank

    He needs a minimum of 10 gallons. I have a "large" fish bowl similar to yours. 2.5 gallons maximum. Even with weekly thorough cleaning it's not big enough. Your fish is surviving, but not flourishing. Even dogs can survive chained to a post their entire lives. But it's not a good life for a dog. Take your fish home and give him a 10 gallon tank. You will see a big improvement in his behavior.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on Penolopy Bulnick's instructable Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars4 months ago
    Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars

    I'd leave out the honey and add butterscotch chips and a bit of butter.

    Yes, you'd melt everything together in the pot on low heat until melted, then mix with the Cheerios. Might be slightly less sticky than the honey but you'll still be licking your fingers (and you'll like it.) About 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 6 oz package of butterscotch chips, four cups mini marshmallows and half stick of butter. I usually use a microwave to make sure I don't burn anything. I microwave a minute at a time, stirring in between. I've never done it with Cheerios so you might need less marshmallows. This would be for about 6 cups of Rice Krispies. There is just something about the peanut butter and butterscotch combination that is just awesome.

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  • Leather Tooling: a Beginner's Beginnings...

    There is a "rubber" mat you can buy to put under the marble slab to absorb the blows so it doesn't bounce. Plus if you do any hole punching, you can put the mat on top to protect the points of your tools so it does double duty. I'm going to be getting one of these soon.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on kojis92's instructable Leather Glamp Chair4 months ago
    Leather Glamp Chair

    Do they make grommits that big? If they do, I'd use those to make sure the leather was protected and make a nice finish.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on jessyratfink's instructable How to Cut Leather4 months ago
    How to Cut Leather

    Gum tragacanth and a glass slicker. You use the glass slicker like an edge burnisher only across the flesh side so smooth it out.

    It would depend on your machine. I have a Bernina that has a regular and low setting (like the gears on your car) and can sew thin leather and thick denim. You will need a proper leather needle and thread. If your machine doesn't have a manual you should be able to find one online that will tell you if it's capable of sewing leather. There are limits to how thick the leather can be though. With a home machine, I wouldn't sew anything really thick. I made a nice case for my watercolor palette with some really thin leather but it is tricky. I marked the stitching lines, then trimmed it after it was sewn as the leather would slip even with the walking foot. Practice on some scrap pieces first.

    Tandy. If you don't have a shop in your area, try online. There are some other vendors for leather as well but mostly online.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on MikaelaHolmes's instructable Making Braided Leather4 months ago
    Making Braided Leather

    This is *EXACTLY* what I was looking for. I want to weave my on bolo cord and the four strand round is exactly what I needed. I actually know how to braid this but didn't know I need a core or to an an extra third to my measurements. Now I know. Great job!I've also been intrigued with that magic braid. It still doesn't make sense to me in my head but if I do it, maybe it will.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on ryanhoffman84's instructable How to Make a Leather Bolo Tie4 months ago
    How to Make a Leather Bolo Tie

    This is all well and good and I will be making this (and adding an extra concho to my order for that purpose) but I really wanted to learn how to weave the bolo tie cord.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on jbrauer's instructable Organizer for Leather Working Tools5 months ago
    Organizer for Leather Working Tools

    I would suggest putting small feet under the two front corners to tilt it up slightly. Easier to see the tools and at that angle they won't slide out as easily.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on dave.vaness.79's instructable Notched Beam Construction Set6 months ago
    Notched Beam Construction Set

    I agree. I’d keep it all wood if possible.

    This is so cool. I loved playing with Lincoln Logs as a child but you’re right. They are not sized to go with any sort of figures. They sure weren’t at the time. Another problem is we didn’t have enough logs to finish anything so my cabin would get above the door and stop. Couldn’t build the peak for the roof. (Same with our Legos, or rather American Bricks). This way not only can you use your other toys to play with your log creation but you can always make more so your construction will never be stopped by lack of building materials. (Do they even make Lincoln Logs any more?)

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  • Ultra Violet Lilac and Wild Rose Jelly

    If you're adding gelatin this is more like Jello. To make real jam or jelly, wouldn't you add pectin instead? I do love the color and the concept of flower jelly. I would have to see if I could source any edible flowers as lilacs don't grown locally. I do have plenty of roses and have that on my list to try. I love violets, I drink violet soda and eat violet candy, but again, there's no where I'd be able to source enough violets for a recipe such as this. I can get the butterfly pea flowers dried edible organic on amazon but am at a loss to source the violets and lilacs. I might be able to try this by using Bigolette violette syrup and cutting some of the sugar. I'd have to experiment. But it does look awesome.

    Well, that makes perfect sense. It could be since there is absolutely no fruit in this at all that pectin simply won't work. I'm not familiar enough with chemistry to know. Since you're not processing it this is basically a refrigerator jam/jelly so I suppose it doesn't matter. I would use a much larger pan. I have a real copper jam pan and only fill it a bit over half full when I'm making anything. Although since you aren't reducing this recipe, it probably doesn't matter that much.As long as you're experimenting, try Rose Geranium flowers. I have a jam recipe (strawberry rose geranium) and it is awesome. You just have to remember not to put in too many.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on jessyratfink's instructable Bacon Fat Pie Crust7 months ago
    Bacon Fat Pie Crust

    I imagine it works just as well with lard when you don't have the bacon grease. I'd make it partially butter just for flavor.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on Natalina's instructable DIY Butterfly Wings7 months ago
    DIY Butterfly Wings

    If you use Derwent Inktense pencils or blocks they *are* dye. They allow for some nice detail work. Once dry they are like a dye. It's permanent ink. Daniel Smith makes some lovely Duochrome and Iridescent watercolors but then you couldn't wash it afterwards. I'm sure there's a product out there to bring some sparkle to it that is waterproof.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on MichaelsTestKitchen's instructable Science of Meringue7 months ago
    Science of Meringue

    You're right. The ice cream was the treat I ate in Italy as a child. All of the ice cream parlors at the time stocked the merigue shells and you could have your ice cream in a dish with a cookie or in a meringue shell. All gone now. You get your ice cream in a cone, like Americans.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on supersoftdrink's instructable Lemon Curd Pavlovas7 months ago
    Lemon Curd Pavlovas

    And a great way to use the yolks after you've make the pavlova. I love how you've done Swiss meringue instead. I'll bet these would be even more awesome with Italian meringue. I love mine dry and crunchy.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on MichaelsTestKitchen's instructable Science of Meringue7 months ago
    Science of Meringue

    I've researched a bit on meringue, trying to recreate a childhood treat from a trip to Italy. Turns out I was eating Pavlova. A few suggestions. Get a copper bowl. A copper bowl is supposed to eliminate the need for cream of tartar as the egg whites react with the copper of the bowl. For the environmentally fussy, it is fine to use a bare copper utensil as long as you are also using sugar. That is why pots for cooking on the stover are tinned on the inside. Try hand whipping rather than a mixer. Use a very fine sugar rather than the regular stuff in the pink bag. This helps it to dissolve better for the meringue. There are three types of meringue. You are making French meringue with is just mixing stuff. That's usually the stuff that's on the top of lemon meringue pie. There are two oth...

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    I've researched a bit on meringue, trying to recreate a childhood treat from a trip to Italy. Turns out I was eating Pavlova. A few suggestions. Get a copper bowl. A copper bowl is supposed to eliminate the need for cream of tartar as the egg whites react with the copper of the bowl. For the environmentally fussy, it is fine to use a bare copper utensil as long as you are also using sugar. That is why pots for cooking on the stover are tinned on the inside. Try hand whipping rather than a mixer. Use a very fine sugar rather than the regular stuff in the pink bag. This helps it to dissolve better for the meringue. There are three types of meringue. You are making French meringue with is just mixing stuff. That's usually the stuff that's on the top of lemon meringue pie. There are two other types of meringue that are increasingly more stable: Swiss and Italian. Both involve heat. For one, you put the bowl over a pan of boiling water as you beat your whites and add your sugar. For the other, you actually make a sugar syrup on the stove with water and sugar until your solution is supersaturated, then as you beat the eggs you drizzle a stream of the sugar into the egg whites as you beat. A thin drizzle so as not to cook the whites as you're beating. Look up Swiss and Italian meringue. Hopefully some of those articles will also mention the copper bowl and the super fine sugar. Another note about sugar. Don't use confectioner's sugar. It has cornstarch in it to keep the fine sugar dust from clumping. When you experiment with your Swiss and Italian meringues you might want to try making a disc of meringue and then piping a short wall around the edge, sorta like a nest. Then when they are baked and hard, fill your nest with vanilla ice cream. That's Pavlova. Embellish to taste, then dig in. I think Pavlova is my favorite desert of all time. Unfortunately you don't see it on many restaurant menus any more.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on solobo's instructable The Science of Biscuits 8 months ago
    The Science of Biscuits

    I read somewhere that to get them to rise and be flakey they must be put close together enough to touch edges. Something about the steam released from the biscuit layers helps to puff up the adjoining biscuits. Also pre-heating the oven and putting the biscuits in the refrigerator while it is preheating so they are kept cold.

    Nope Scones use baking powder. Also flour, sugar, egg, milk or cream and fat, usually butter.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on solobo's instructable The Science of Biscuits 9 months ago
    The Science of Biscuits

    What about lard versus shortening?

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on John deCaux's instructable How to Cook an In-N-Out 9 months ago
    How to Cook an In-N-Out

    Visually it looks like a typical "pat" of butter. Just slice the end of the butter about as much as you'd use to butter a slice of bread.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on Natalina's instructable DIY Butterfly Wings1 year ago
    DIY Butterfly Wings

    Since I doubt you’ll ever be laundering these wings, have you considered using Inktense pencils and blocks to color the silk? You’d get the ease of paint without the downside of dye since his is ink. I used them to paint cotton for a quilt and combined with the resist you should get pretty good results. Daniel Smith makes some pretty good irridescent watercolors that could be used for highlighting. Sapphire and Electric Blue or Pearlescent Shimmer would do the job. Putting them on the veining wouldn’t effect the drape or movement much.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on emilygraceking's instructable Stress-Reducing Weighted Blanket1 year ago
    Stress-Reducing Weighted Blanket

    I wouldn't put a blanket filled with fine sand in my washer.

    If you can drive a car, you can do this. Sewing machines use a foot pedal, much like a golf cart. Press to start, lift off to stop and the harder you press, the faster you go.

    I wouldn't put this in my dryer. Might be too heavy. Even the washer is iffy, but if you have a top loader at least you can distribute the weight. Rather than take a chance on washer or dryer repairs, this is one item I would take to a laundrymat to clean.

    Yes, but the weight may play havoc with the actual machines. I might put it in my top loader washer but never in my front loading dryer. Even the washer I would worry about. If I ever washed this blanket, I'd take it do a laundrymat and let them worry about their machines after I'm gone.

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  • Best Way to Season Cast Iron Pans - Flax Seed Oil

    The reason you have to keep reseasoning it every few years is because you use olive oil to season it and you scrub it with Dawn or detergent often.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on a-morpheus's instructable Undead Pan1 year ago
    Undead Pan

    Food grade flaxseed oil is the edible version of linseed oil. It is a drying oil as the linked article explains. Mineral oil is what you use to maintain your cutting boards. Make sure that is food grade as well.

    If you go to the provided article link and read the science of seasoning cast iron, you'll learn why using canola, olive oil or bacon grease is not the way to season a pan. You'll be much happier with the flaxseed oil. You also need to bake longer at high temp and patiently wait to cool, repeating about 6 times. It takes patience and is a process that can't be rushed. If the flaxseed oil is pooling or gummy, you've put it on way too thick and haven't baked it long enough. The point is for it to get hard and become part of the pan. The article explains it all.

    Excellent. Yes, repeated layers of Flaxseed oil is the way to go. It is the edible form of linseed oil. You can find food grade flaxseed oil at some grocery stores or you can order from amazon. I got mine at either Sprouts or Windmill Farms. Whole Foods might carry it too.I would suggest you use a clean cotton rag rather than paper towels as the towels can leave paper lint behind. The rag should be sealed in a ziploc bag before discarding to avoid spontaneous combustion in the trash. Repeated layers on high heat for several hours, then allowing to completely cool before next coat, and several coats until you achieve that deep black glossiness and the beading. I'm about to attempt the exact same thing with the exact same wire brushes. I'll just do some sanding afterwards rather than the ...

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    Excellent. Yes, repeated layers of Flaxseed oil is the way to go. It is the edible form of linseed oil. You can find food grade flaxseed oil at some grocery stores or you can order from amazon. I got mine at either Sprouts or Windmill Farms. Whole Foods might carry it too.I would suggest you use a clean cotton rag rather than paper towels as the towels can leave paper lint behind. The rag should be sealed in a ziploc bag before discarding to avoid spontaneous combustion in the trash. Repeated layers on high heat for several hours, then allowing to completely cool before next coat, and several coats until you achieve that deep black glossiness and the beading. I'm about to attempt the exact same thing with the exact same wire brushes. I'll just do some sanding afterwards rather than the orbital thing. Congrats. That looks like an awesome pan. And you have the lid too!

    You didn't read the linked article about the science of seasoning.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on mxx's instructable Coke Bottle Wind Turbine1 year ago
    Coke Bottle Wind Turbine

    Nice. But what's the point? Are you measuring wind speed or charging batteries?

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on bekathwia's instructable Mini Concrete Planters1 year ago
    Mini Concrete Planters

    I've done some concrete stepping stones and I used vaseline as a mold release. Worked pretty well.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on phrazelle's instructable Steampunk Raspberry Pi Laptop1 year ago
    Steampunk Raspberry Pi Laptop

    That is absolutely fabulous and I love it. As for the rest, it's all Greek to me so not something I would ever attempt to build. But kudos to you for a beautiful and thoughtful gift. It is a thing of beauty and a wonder to behold.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread1 year ago
    Metric Bread

    I see no reason to bypass any safety elements built into an appliance. If your stove is limited then there are always work arounds. If you can't build a pizza oven in your backyard, you can practice baking bread in a backyard grill, but I would use wood charcoal, not briquets or propane.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread1 year ago
    Metric Bread

    Also delicious doggy cookies.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on shapespeare's instructable Metric Bread1 year ago
    Metric Bread

    U.S. ovens don't do metric so we are stuck with Fahrenheit. One trick you can try is if your oven won't go hot enough, you can turn on the broiler. This does depend on your oven. I have a gas oven with the broiler in a drawer under the oven. While my oven theoretically goes up to 550 I haven't taken the temperature of how high it would go if I put it on broil and left it for 30 min. So you might want to see if you can get your oven over 230c. by using the broiler.

    The downside of modern appliances. I have a vintage O'Keefe and Merritt gas stove. No automatic anything. The pilot light is always on so the oven box is a toasty 100 degrees even when the oven is off. Perfect for everything bread from activating the yeast to rising to baking.I love this stove so much I may have them bury me with it.

    There will also be differences depending on the type of bread. Baguettes versus focaccia. Some require a softer dough and more water, others less. And sweet doughs add sugar, which messes with the amount of water and can also effect the amount of yeast. Milk and eggs too.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on Jack OAT's instructable Authentic Bavarian Pretzels1 year ago
    Authentic Bavarian Pretzels

    Thank you for those links. I can use Chrome or google translate to translate them. This is the recipe I use for my pretzels. https://www.thespruce.com/brezel-the-soft-pretzels-with-old-world-taste-1446685

    Food grade can be had from that major online vendor with prime shipping if you have it. I bought both food grade lye and pretzel salt from them.

    I would at least mostly bake them before freezing. Then put them in the oven to warm up and finish browning. Otherwise you may not get that shiny lye finish to your pretzels.

    Try any gluten free bread recipe, then proceed as directed. They may not taste exactly like Bavarian pretzels but without wheat flour, nothing will.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on yuwentwiggychen's instructable How to French Polish1 year ago
    How to French Polish

    Shellac is also food safe if you want to do something that will come in contact with food.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on -BALES-'s instructable The Calvin and Hobbes Snowmen1 year ago
    The Calvin and Hobbes Snowmen

    If I were your mother I would love this. But then, I'm a Calvin and Hobbs fan and I love me some bizarro snowmen.

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  • Remove rust easily and effectively with salt and electricity.

    Will this work on cast iron? I'm not having much luck with vinegar and steel wool.

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  • Travel Watercolor Palette (eye shadow box)

    This is a great affordable alternative to the pricey pocket and travel palettes. I've gone another direction inspired by make-up. I saw a pricey travel palette made out of a business card case. I bought a bag of 100 small eyeshadow tins and then I put a magnetic business card older in an old business card case. (Check to make sure the lid will close first with the tins and magnetic card.) I glued in the card, but you can get blank self-adhesive magnetic cards at Home Depot. Then I filled the eyeshadow tins with paint and they stick to the magnet. I can fit about 14 small ones in. They only hold maybe an eighth of a pan of pan or not quite a quarter. Enough for at least a day's sketching. Plus I can switch them in and out if I want to change colors or do a quick refill. I've done the sam...

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    This is a great affordable alternative to the pricey pocket and travel palettes. I've gone another direction inspired by make-up. I saw a pricey travel palette made out of a business card case. I bought a bag of 100 small eyeshadow tins and then I put a magnetic business card older in an old business card case. (Check to make sure the lid will close first with the tins and magnetic card.) I glued in the card, but you can get blank self-adhesive magnetic cards at Home Depot. Then I filled the eyeshadow tins with paint and they stick to the magnet. I can fit about 14 small ones in. They only hold maybe an eighth of a pan of pan or not quite a quarter. Enough for at least a day's sketching. Plus I can switch them in and out if I want to change colors or do a quick refill. I've done the same with empty plastic half and whole pans and used hinged tins like Altoids and old candy tins. I cut the magnetic plastic small enough for the bottom of the half pan, then peel and stick. They'll attach to most tins. I can still switch out colors and rearrange. I like this method best. The half pans are pretty cheap, I can use my own paints and customize anything with sizes. My favorites are using empty cigar tins. I have two. I haven't even painted the inside with white for mixing because both are mostly white already except for the logo in the middle. Plus, if for any reason they are lost or stolen while I travel, the entire thing is easy to replace. I don't have to mourn a favorite travel palette that might be irreplaceable.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on groovymama's instructable How To Get "Free" Eggs2 years ago
    How To Get "Free" Eggs

    Add up all the feed, etc. and those turn out to be pretty expensive eggs. But that's not the point. They're local, organic and you not only know where they came from, you can name the chicken. I'll assume you've named them because at this point they are pets, right? Because you wouldn't eat your pet and you don't name your food. Otherwise that rooster would have ben Coq a Vin. Right?

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on MrJonesEducation's instructable Frankenstein Light Switch2 years ago
    Frankenstein Light Switch

    Instead of drilling and chiseling out the MDF you could use several layers of "luan", very thin plywood. The top would just have the cut out for the switch and the other two or three layers underneath could have a larger cut out to accommodate the switchplate. Then you just use wood glue to glue them together and weight it until dry. Sand and finish off around the edges and there you go.I'd use regular wood molding strips for the handle part rather than the MDF. I don't consider MDF very strong. It's like glued together sawdust. Water or even humidity wreaks havoc. Plus if you're using it daily, that's a lot of wear and tear.

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  • DIY Irrigation Pots - a modern take on an ancient technique

    Brilliant idea. I've seen Ollas but always stayed away because of the obscene prices. This is a brilliant hack. I would use silcone glue as I've repaired several broken glazed pots and they haven't fallen apart yet. Could you glue a smaller pot on top as a neck or funnel? That way you could bury the large part of your Olla even deeper.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on jgrachie's instructable Build a Raised Garden Wicking Bed2 years ago
    Build a Raised Garden Wicking Bed

    I just don't get the point of the liner and overflow. It's like building a bog. You're building this bed over dirt, right? So why bother. Let it just drain down into the dirt. I like the design and will borrow parts when I put in my raised bed gardens. But I'm just going to use drip lines on timers for watering. It what the plants don't use will just drain down into the soil below if it gets that far. The only thing I'm putting on the bottom is a weed barrier. I, too, am over 50 and want something raised, albeit not this much, with a nice railing to sit on. I like the solar lights. Hadn't thought of that but might incorporate it. The only critters I'm worried about is neighbors stealing my crops just before harvest.

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  • mlaiuppa. commented on wordsnwood's instructable Epoxy -vs- Tshirt = Artwork2 years ago
    Epoxy -vs- Tshirt = Artwork

    I just turn my old sentimental t-shirts with graphics into quilts. I have to wonder if a craft material like ModPodge might work better for preserving plus eliminate the discoloring.

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