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    You can use white glue or liquid starch
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    Craft, Home and Garden Ideas

    I do not have instructions, I posted this because I wanted to share a great idea for you to use your own imagination.
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    Materials:
    •Candle Wax (I’m going to recycle some boring white candles from the house)
    •Clean milk or juice carton (Your need something with a nice square bottom)
    •Melting pot/can
    •Candle Thermometer (Perhaps you could use a candy thermometer or other kind also)
    •Wick or taper candle
    •Optional- Wax coloring and scent (You can use dye chips specially for coloring candles, liquid dye added with an eye-dropper, or even crayons! For scents, avoid essential oils since most are not designed for the high-heat of candles. Many craft stores can assist with what scents are appropriate and scented lamp ring oils are generally the inexpensive route.)

    Steps:
    1.Clean out your milk or juice carton. I will be chugging the rest of the orange juice from breakfast.

    2.Trim the top off the carton to your desired height. I only trimmed about 1/5 off the top.

    3.Cut up the wax into small pieces. I’m going to shave it with a grater; this will help it to melt faster.

    4.Melt the wax in a suitable pot placed in a larger pot with boiling water. A clean metal can also works well for melting wax. I’m using a large can formerly housing lychees.

    5.The wax can ignite if it becomes too hot. Keep a close eye and make sure the wax stays between 170-180 degrees F. Note- Wax fires should be extinguished with baking soda or a fire extinguisher, not water.

    6.If you want to color your candle, add the wax coloring or liquid dye now and stir. You can use a potato peeler to add small pieces of wax dye. Remember the color will change as the wax hardens. You can test the color by dripping a few drops onto a white paper plate and letting it harden as it cools after a few minutes.

    7.When the wax is melted, you can also add your preferred scent. You add 1/8 oz. of candle scent for every pound of wax. Stir.

    8.The easiest way to give your candle a wick is to use a thin, tapered candle in the same color. Protect your hand with a potholder and pour a small amount of wax (about ½ in.) into the bottom of the carton. Set the tapered candle into the center of the bottom and let harden.

    9.Break up a cup or more of ice in a plastic bag. The smaller the pieces are, the better the design will look. You can use a meat mallet or a rolling pin.

    10.Pour the crushed ice into the carton up to the top.

    11.Pour the hot wax over the ice and let stand overnight to harden.

    12.In the morning, pour off any water standing on top of the candle and set the carton upside down on a towel or plate to drain any remaining water.

    13.Carefully tear off the carton to reveal the ice candle.

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    Craft, Home and Garden Ideas

    In a tall vase glue plastic flower to the bottom. Fill with water and add a candle to the top.
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    Craft, Home and Garden Ideas

    Add water to a mason jar with a candle and dress it up to your imagination.
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    Craft, Home and Garden Ideas

    Cut pieces out of a milk jug and assemble into a curtain
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    The Cob Builders Handbook


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    Front Cover - Back Cover

    Table Of Contents:


    Acknowledgements and Warning
    INTRODUCTION
    What is cob?
    Why build with cob?

    DESIGNING YOUR HOME SWEET HOME!
    Things to do to get ready
    Think Small
    Think Rounded
    Make the Most of the Climate
    Design with passive solar access in mind
    Other things to think about when designing
    One Story or More?
    Noise
    Plan for Future Additions Now
    Designing the Entrance
    Buttresses
    Permits

    CHOOSING YOUR SITE
    Here's a list of some things to consider when looking for land:
    Finding your home site
    Choosing the house site includes:
    Put the house where it belongs
    Pick a site that is naturally comfortable
    Passive solar planning
    Harvesting your own wood
    Wind
    Noise
    Boundaries
    Getting the site ready to build!

    GATHERING MATERIALS
    DRAINAGE
    Test Holes
    Making Your Drainage
    Creating drainage on a flat site
    Berms
    Ditch drains

    THE FOUNDATION
    Making the foundation
    Planning the foundation (Footing or Plinth)
    Designing the door area
    Setting up the door frame
    Tamping tips
    How deep do I make the foundation?
    How wide do I make the foundation?
    How high do I make the foundation?
    Moisture barrier between the foundation and the cob?
    Getting plumbing and electric wire into the house
    Stone Foundations
    Choosing stones
    Making a stone foundation
    To Mortar or not to Mortar?
    Some Other Foundation Options
    Poured concrete
    Concrete blocks mortared together
    Railroad ties and gravel
    Earth-filled tires
    Agricultural bags filled with earth and tamped
    Foundation and drainage summary

    FLOORS
    General Info to Consider
    Make the floor higher than the ground outside
    Making the floor
    Tamping the ground
    Finding level for the floor
    Base (or layers of base materials) under the floor
    Floor base options
    Cob floor surface
    Floor surface recipe
    Putting down a cob floor
    Drying your earth floor
    Sealing an earth floor
    Caring for a cob floor
    Repairing a cob floor
    Some other floor surface options

    COB GLORIOUS COB!
    Making Test Bricks
    More details about cob ingredients
    Sand
    Clay
    Straw
    Tools
    Here's how to make cob
    Putting the cob on the wall
    Cobbing by foot
    Cobbing by hand
    Tapering your walls and how wide to make the top of the foundation
    Putting the cob to bed at night
    Control the wall drying
    Sculpting cob shelves and furniture
    Burying in shelves, counters, and loft floors
    Scaffolds
    Electric wiring
    Other things to think about
    Termites and silverfish
    Planning for future additions
    Interior walls
    Tips for happy cobbers
    The cob builders checklist

    WINDOWS AND DOORS
    Arches
    Lintels
    Putting the windows and doors in the wall
    Things to consider before putting in the windows and doors
    Passive solar design - getting the most out of your windows
    Ventilation
    Views
    Noise
    Magic windows
    Some glass safety tips
    Getting rid of unwanted windows
    Fun window ideas
    Replacing broken glass

    ROOFS
    Components of a roof system
    Beams
    Rafters
    Nogs or blocks
    Bracing
    Vertical Posts
    Roof sheathing
    Gutters
    Some common roofs
    Domes and Vaults
    Cone shaped roof
    Shed roof
    Gable roof
    Gambrel roof
    Hipped or Pyramid
    Organic shaped roof
    Roof design and planning
    Building the roof before the walls
    Putting the roof on as you build the top of the wall
    Roof surfacing
    Some roof surface options
    Insulation
    Ceiling
    Possible ceiling materials

    PLASTER (RENDER)
    Purposes of plaster
    Mixing plaster (render)
    Basic earth plaster
    Plaster additions
    Applying the plaster or render
    Other Plasters
    Alis and Paint
    Some ideas on adding color

    FINISHING TOUCHES
    BACKWORD
    BOOKS TO READ

    Copyright © 1997 by Becky Bee
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    Homesteading Self Sufficiency Survival

    All Natural Hair Mask

    A great all natural hair mask for all hair types includes just two ingredients - avocado and honey.

    Peel and remove the seed from one avocado and mash the avocado in a bowl. Mix in a tablespoon of organic honey and mix thoroughly. Spread the mixture throughout your hair and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it out fully.

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