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  • EmmitS1 commented on ReadsInTrees's instructable How to Make 6-Pointed Paper Snowflakes5 months ago
    How to Make 6-Pointed Paper Snowflakes

    I use this technique to make scrollsaw Christmas ornaments. Lay your cutout snowflake on a piece of darker paper and copy twice. If you cut a full sheet to make your snowflake, you can reduce the size to whatever you like with the copier. Set your first copy aside as a master pattern and use the second pattern to stack cut your snowflakes out of 1/8" plywood. Any good scrollsaw book should tell you how to stack cut, and there are several videos on You Tube. I usually cut about four at a time. A good family project would be to have each family member make several paper flakes. Then the whole family selects the best of each member's paper flakes and these winners are made into patterns to cut from plywood for a permanent ornament. You can spray paint them white and sprinkle with...

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    I use this technique to make scrollsaw Christmas ornaments. Lay your cutout snowflake on a piece of darker paper and copy twice. If you cut a full sheet to make your snowflake, you can reduce the size to whatever you like with the copier. Set your first copy aside as a master pattern and use the second pattern to stack cut your snowflakes out of 1/8" plywood. Any good scrollsaw book should tell you how to stack cut, and there are several videos on You Tube. I usually cut about four at a time. A good family project would be to have each family member make several paper flakes. Then the whole family selects the best of each member's paper flakes and these winners are made into patterns to cut from plywood for a permanent ornament. You can spray paint them white and sprinkle with glitter while the paint is wet or spray them with clear varnish and leave them natural color. For more colorful ornaments, spray with white primer and paint with acrylic.

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  • How to Take & Grow Succulents From Cuttings

    If you don't let cacti and succulent cuttings callous over, bacteria and fungi can penetrate the raw surface and cause the cutting to rot. The callous does slow the absorbtion of water, but that only encourages the plant to send out roots faster. Succulents have enough water stored in the leaves and stems to hold them over until the roots form.

    Completely dry means that if you insert your finger more than the first joint into the soil before reaching moist soil, it's ready to water in the summer. with a small pot (less than 3"diameter),this can mean several times a week. With a larger pot (over 6"), this can mean as little as once a month. In winter, most succulents will want no water and should be kept in a cold room. They need to be dormant at this time to set flower buds for next spring and summer. This is not universal, though, because some succulents, like Aeoniums , grow and bloom in the winter. When you water, water thoroughly until the whole soil mass is wet. Water running out of the bottom of the pot is a poor indicator that your plant is well watered. With some soils, especially peat/perlite based ones...

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    Completely dry means that if you insert your finger more than the first joint into the soil before reaching moist soil, it's ready to water in the summer. with a small pot (less than 3"diameter),this can mean several times a week. With a larger pot (over 6"), this can mean as little as once a month. In winter, most succulents will want no water and should be kept in a cold room. They need to be dormant at this time to set flower buds for next spring and summer. This is not universal, though, because some succulents, like Aeoniums , grow and bloom in the winter. When you water, water thoroughly until the whole soil mass is wet. Water running out of the bottom of the pot is a poor indicator that your plant is well watered. With some soils, especially peat/perlite based ones, the soil ball shrinks and the peat repels water when dry. This causes water to run across the top, down the sides, and out the bottom without wetting the soil mass. Water these soils with warm water and slowly so that the water has time to soak into the soil. In the spring, replant these plants into a soil containing coir in place of peat.

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  • EmmitS1 commented on Penolopy Bulnick's instructable How to Dehydrate Marshmallows1 year ago
    How to Dehydrate Marshmallows

    Back in the seventies I had a friend who lived dried peeps. She would buy them at Easter and let them dry until Christmas, and her friends would also buy them at Easter and give them to her as a Christmas present. She would love this article.

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