When you are in a rush or you just can’t afford an expensive acrylic manicure you can always make up your own solution. Believe it or not, many women would rather have their nails done by themselves than go to the salon. You are saving money, time, and feeling great about yourself since you are doing something with your own bare hands.
The following tips are also perfect for you ladies who like to DIY everything and anything.
How to Make Fake Nails?
So, there are two practical and easy ways for you to try out in the privacy of your own house if you want to make fake nails. You could either try out the straw method, or the tape method. Whichever you do go for make sure you have all of your tools next to you, and be prepared to have fun.
#1: The Straw Way
What you’ll be needing:
- Anything heavy
- Colorful markers
- Double-sided tape
But Which Straw?
First of all, find a straw in your kitchen, or just buy some if you are out of them. Any type of straw will do, no matter the color or the length. One straw should be enough, but just to make sure you should have another one by your side in case something goes wrong.
Cut the straw to the point of your preferred fingernail length. Compare the straw to your nail and cut it how you want it to be. This is completely up to you and your preferred length.
Use the scissors to poke down the middle of the straw and cut it. At this point, your straw will have a hole in the middle.
Open the cut straw piece and flatten it with anything that is heavy. A closet, washing machine, table, or pretty much anything that is not too heavy for you to lift up will work. But don’t keep it like that for too long because the straw can get too flat.
If you choose not to flatten it that is completely up to you. Just know that it will be a bit harder to work with that straw, because it will curl at the end, and your fake nails will be somewhat compromised.
Next, you should cut the sides in order to fit on your nail. Trim around the sides that way that they don’t touch your skin. Cut the edges also, so you avoid damaging the cuticles since they are so sensitive.
- The most fun is the accessorizing part, so use whatever you like on your nails. Use a marker of any color that is water-resistant and doesn’t come off easily, and of course, is in a beautiful color.
- Use double-sided tape and place a piece of it on the fake nail. Cover just a part of it and leave the top empty. Make sure to put the tape on the bottom of the nail so you don’t ruin your design.
- Glue them down with a drugstore-bought glue and that’s pretty much it. Having a blast is your next step, and you know how to do that without our help.
#2: The Shiny Tape
If you’ve decided to go with this method, you will be needing:
- Scotch tape
- Nail buffer
- Nail polish
If you want to make fake nails at home, you gotta be prepared for some work. This time, you will need a single-sided Scotch tape since that tape is the easiest to use on the nails. Put a piece of tape over your nails. You should tear off a strip of the tape about two times longer than your fingernail.
Place it on your finger so it covers the nail and goes past it. Press down the sides tight and the tape will bend and meltdown like a regular nail. If you find your tape to be too wide you can trim the edges with scissors.
Next, you should cover the underneath part of your tape in nail polish. This will make the nails last longer, but also prevent stickiness to other materials. Be careful not to touch anything while you are waiting for your nail polish to dry.
You can use a nail buffer to rub the bottom of the nails. You also use the exact same nail buffer when you are at a salon getting your fake nails, so you are good to go with the same one. Do this process over the lower edge of the tape, and it will wear the tape down, making the line less visible. You don’t need a base coat for these nails which is a good thing since it will save you some time, so just grab the prettiest nail polish of your choice. Paint it slowly and wait for them to dry.
If you want to take it up a notch with these fake nails, you can die them in a splashing way. Use a straw and newspapers for this. Surround the fingers around your nail with tape to protect them from the polish. Dip a straw into a nail polish and blow through it while it’s just above your nail. The polish will be splattered easily, so make sure to repeat this step with other colors.
Since the tip of the straw has polish on it, you’ll want to put the next color on a plastic plate or the newspaper, then dip the straw in that instead of directly in the nail polish bottle. When you get satisfied with the colors, wait for them to dry and then remove the tape slowly.
If you are indecisive and don’t know which method to go with, we would recommend the straw one. It takes less of your time, isn’t too messy, and demands fewer tools. These solutions can brighten up your day and save you if you are on the go. Also, remember these instructions and keep them somewhere in the back of your mind in case you need a quick fake nail at-home rescue.
Introduction: DIY Fake Nails: Beverage Can Nails
Have you ever loved a drink so much that you wanted to show it on your nails?
Anyways I’ll show you how to get this awesome nails so you can go and show them off at that party tonight. Believe it or not some cans have really cool designs that look stunning on your fingers (:
And the best part: you only need a can,some scissors and half hour to do them!
Step 1: Get Your Stuff!
Find your scissors.
Now run to the corner store and get a nice pretty can. I really like Arizona tea cans.. specially the checkered ones, such as the raspberry or the half&half kind.
In this case I grabbed some Heineken I had in the fridge.. they have a nice texture too (:
Don’t forget to empty the can and rinse it with water.
Optional: Xacto knife or cutter to help with cutting through the can.
Step 2: Cut, Cut, Cut!
Be careful with this step, the can will be sharp and you can cut yourself. Ask for help if you need it, okay?
Remove the top and the bottom of the can and discard them.. or use them in another project (:
Now flatten the sheet of aluminum with the corner of a table.. this is optional but I find it easier working with a nice flat sheet.
Also I recommend removing the ugly edges to avoid accidents.
Step 3: Pick Your Design
Decide what part of the can you want on you nail or nails. I find it easier to cut a strip wide enough to be the length of the final nail and then cut it to little pieces that fit the width of my nail (if you find this confusing, look at the pictures).
You don’t necessarily need to cut it in big strips, you can pick a random nice part (for example the red star) and make a nail from that. Just make sure that it is big enough to fit your nail.
Step 4: Bend It!
Now that you have your little soon-to-be-nail piece bend it a little with the edge of a table (as illustrated) to give it some curvature so they fit better on your nail.
Be sure to test if it fits nicely and correct the curvature according to your nail.
Step 5: Shape It So It Fits
Shape the bottom and sides of the fake nail so it fits yours.
Firstly remove the sharp corners. Place it on your nail and cut it accordingly.
Cut little by little and check constantly if it fits.
Step 6: Cut It to the Appropriate Length
Cut it so its just a little longer than you want it to be and shape it so it looks good. This is matter of personal preference.
Once you’ve done this.. you are done!
Now do the same for the rest of your nails (:
You’ll get better with every nail and do it faster every time.
Step 7: Show Off!
Use some special glue for fake nails to glue them and you’re done!
Go ahead, take pictures, post them here, on Facebook, show them off to your friends, go to a party, school, go and get some groceries just to show them off.
Try lots and lots of cans and save the barcodes! They make awesome nails.
Have fun! 😀
PS. You can coat them with a clear nail polish to protect them from scratches.
And please leave a comment with any idea, question or pictures that you might have.
By the way.. this is my first instructable, so any comments regarding the instructions and explanation are really appreciated.
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Introduction: DIY Blowgun
A blowgun is a very historic weapon. It’s actually one of the oldest know projectile weapons, perhaps after chucking a rock. Essentially a dart is blown through a tube by a strong breath, propelling the dart extremely fast and quite accurately. It is also extremely quiet, so it can be used without anyone noticing. I decided to make one a few days ago for target practice, so I thought I’d show you what I did along the way.
LEGAL – owning and shooting a blowgun may not be legal in your area, so check local laws before attempting this project. This is a very dangerous weapon and can harm people easily. USE EXTREME CAUTION AT ALL TIMES!
This is also my first ‘ible, so please let me know what you think!
Step 1: Materials
Making a blowgun is actually pretty easy and requires few items. Here’s what I gathered:
For the darts:
– 1000 perler beads (from Jo-Ann’s, see picture)
– a bottle of Loctite Ultragel Control super glue
– a sharpie
– some nails that fit snugly in the perler beads
– some paper
– a pair of scissors
– a ruler
– some tape
– you may need two pairs of pliers to help get the beads over the nails, it can be hard depending on how thick your nails are
For the gun itself:
– a hot glue gun with glue
– some sort of duct tape, I used camo
– a 3/4″ PVC to CPVC adapter
– 5′ Rigid PVC tubing sunlight resistant (from Lowe’s, see picture)
I also used a pencil. I know they are pretty hard to find so feel free to skip this material. 🙂
Step 2: Dart Step 1: Making the Paper Cone
First of all, I would like to say that I did not design these darts. I found a video on them from YouTube by thechainmailkid. Here’s a link if your interested in his video:
Anyways, draw a three inch square on the paper and cut it out. Then take the scissors and cut out a square from a corner. I just eyeballed it, made it about an inch and a half or so. Check out the pictures to see what I mean.
Then you want to roll the paper from one of the sides, forming a cone. The tip of the cone should be where you cut the square out. Again, check out the picture to see what I mean. Roll it pretty tight, I just used my pointer finger as a guide.
Keep your finger on the cone and grab some tape. Starting at the tip, cover the cone in tape, making it much more durable.
Step 3: Dart Step 2: Adding the Point
Now take the cone and cut off the very tip, making a small round hole. Test to see if a nail can fit through it, but you want it to be pretty tight. If it doesn’t fit, cut it slightly bigger and try again. If the nail can fall out of the cone when you turn it upside down, start over.
Then put some super glue just below the head of the nail and pull it through the cone point first. Pull it tight so the glue will really adhere to the paper. Stick the dart in something do it can dry. This is the time to make some more darts, I usually make around ten at a time.
Step 4: Dart Step 3: Finishing Up
Take the first dart you made and a few of the perler beads. Test to be sure they fit, then apply some super glue to cone end of the nail. Slide on two beads, using pliers if you have to. Then apply some more glue, and add to more beads. Do this one more time, with a result of 6 beads. They act as weights to stabilize the flight and drive the dart through targets.
I found that a tighter fit between the nail and bead is extremely important, otherwise the beads will break from the glue when the dart hits something.
Let the dart dry and do the same thing for all the other ones.
I colored all the cones black with sharpie to match my perler beads, but it’s not necessary.
Then rest the dart in the PVC pipe and trace where the cone and tube meet. Remove the dart and cut along this line. Test to be the dart fits snugly in the pipe. You don’t want it to have a whole lot of movement, but you should’ve have to cram it in there either.
I have a picture of what the darts should look like when they are finished. These four are the best of my current batch.
I did no sharpening of the nails, but they seem to puncture and stick into things quite well. You could sharpen them using a file and some sand paper or make a broad head by hammering the head flat.
Step 5: Making the Gun
I do not recommended using any other PVC tube other than the one I suggested. Other types will tend to bend and misdirect the darts’ path.
Take the duct tape and somehow cover the pipe in it. I used two five foot lengths and went straight from tip to tip. It turned out pretty nice.
Cover the adapter in tape, too. It will act as a mouthpiece. The mouthpiece allows more air to be forced into the tube=faster darts.
Heat up your glue gun and put glue along one end of your pipe. Push the adapter over the pipe and into the glue, adjusting for an airtight fit. Be sure it won’t fall off.
That’s it! Your gun and darts are done! You can add a quiver for the darts or even a strap, but I’m sure you can figure those out. The next step explains how to shoot the gun.
Step 6: Shooting the Gun
Shooting a blow gun can take some practice, so don’t be shocked when you don’t get it your first time.
Put the dart in the mouthpiece point first and push it in so the cone rests inside the pipe. Hold the pipe level to ground, using one arm outstretched to act as a brace and the other holding the mouthpiece to your mouth.
Place your mouth in the mouthpiece. Keep your mouth open, but just enough to keep your lips inside the mouthpiece. You want to be able to release a huge amount of air very quickly.
Be sure to take a breath BEFORE putting your mouth to the pipe, otherwise the dart WILL come out and be sucked into your mouth. Open you mouth and prepare to release air. Make a sudden “tuh” sound and “shove” the air out of your lungs. The dart should fly out with great force.
This is very accurate and very dangerous so use great caution when wielding this weapon.
Be sure to leave comments below! Thanks for reading.
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Vampire is a word used to refer to an organism or a human version of bat species. Usually bats move out at night and they can’t see during the day. Same features are possessed by a vampire. Vampire is a special term used to address blood feeding bats. On the other hand, “fang” is a word brought into use to address to a long and pointed tooth, which is found in most of the predatory animals. A fang is basically a canine tooth used for biting flesh or tearing it. Vampires are supposed to have two such sharp teeth with which they suck the blood of their prey. In order to make your own vampire fangs at home, you can follow these simple tips:-
How to Make Your Own Vampire Fangs
1. Use Plastic Fangs:-
Plastic fake nails or acrylic nails are available on almost all leading cosmetic stores and women buy these fake nails in order to make their nails look the way they want. The same acrylic nails can act as your fangs when you shape them up with a scissor or blade fixing them on your teeth with the help of dental wax. Just trim them in such a way that they look sharp enough to resemble a vampire fang and you will get sorted.
2. Keep the Shape Triangular:-
Remember to give your fangs a triangular kind of shape. Fangs with pointed, sharp and triangular shape serve the best to scare someone. Vampire fangs can also be created with other such similar materials as well, but it is better if you use plastic.
3. You Can Use Simply Any Plastic to Make Fangs:-
You can use simply any kind of plastic ranging from a water bottle’s plastic to plastic of acrylic nails. All you need is a perfect filing or shaping tool to give it the perfect triangular and sharp feel. Once you get finished shaping the plastic in desired form, you can wear it as a dental mould to make your teeth resemble a vampire fang.
4. File the Fangs to Sharpen the Edge:-
Once your fangs get made, just use a filing tool to file them up in order to give them a proper finishing. You can even color them and polish them to give a realistic touch. Open up a picture with fang diagram on it with Google and try to shape up your fangs in similar manner.
5. Plastic Straw Made Fangs:-
If you have a thick plastic straw like that we use while sipping an ice cream shake, you can use it to make your fangs. Make sure that it is thick enough to fit your teeth and then give it a triangular cut of proper size and length specification to drape it over your teeth.
6. Tomato Sauce to Give It a Realistic Feel:-
Chew something red in juice to make your tongue resemble red color. Pour some red food color or tomato sauce on your teeth positioned with fangs to give it a blood bath look. Once you finish the fang making approach, just move out with your fangs and try to scare others for a self testing.
Bamboo straws are a great alternative to plastic straws! They are sustainable and eco-friendly. In addition, bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants globally and can grow up to 90cm. In comparison, it takes an average of 5 years for a tree to grow that size.
Not only does bamboo grow quickly, but it also has many other benefits, namely bamboo’s low water requirements, resistance to fire, durability against insect infestation, and its ability to filter particulates from air pollution naturally. This blog post will discuss how to make bamboo straws at home using readily available materials.
What is Bamboo Straws?
Typically, bamboo straws are a type of disposable drinking straw that is made from bamboo. They can be used for one or two drinks before being discarded. Bamboo Straws were created to reduce plastic waste to save our environment.
The average person uses over 1,500 straws each year, not including consumers in other countries. Using 1,500 straws over one year is not a huge amount, but considering that most of these straws end up in landfills or as litter, it seems like the environmental impact could be significant.
8 Benefits of Using Bamboo Straws:
1. Save the Environment:
With over 500 million straws being used in America every day, and most of them are not recyclable, using bamboo straws is a good way to ensure you are helping out the environment by reducing your own plastic consumption.
2. Cheap Costing:
Making Bamboo Straws is much cheaper than buying plastic ones!
3. Taste Good:
If you drink mostly tasting drinks, such as juice or iced coffee, bamboo straws will not affect the taste of your drink whatsoever. They are clean enough to be used with even the finest drinks and still taste great.
4. 100% Natural:
Since these are made from harvested bamboo, you can be assured the straws are completely natural despite not being certified organic.
5. Super Durable:
Bamboo straws are much more durable than plastic ones and can be used repeatedly for years.
6. Dishwasher Safe:
Cleaning bamboo straws can be quite easy if you use a dishwasher, as well as your own hands, but even not using a dishwasher, it will take you less than 5 minutes of your time to clean them.
7. Don’t Add Smell:
Since these straws are made from natural materials, they do not absorb any smells or odor from the drinks that were previously placed in them.
The design of a bamboo straw makes them much easier to use than most plastic straws, which are very difficult to drink out of and can be painful for people with even minor arthritis to use.
Instructions: How to Make Bamboo Straws
First, get some bamboo that is at least 8 inches long and 1/2 inch wide, or use a bamboo plant that is mature enough to have the right width.
Then, cut the bamboo about 4 inches from the top to create a drinking straw. Make sure you use a saw so that it is cut straight.
Next, take off any sharp tips on each end of your bamboo. You can do this by holding the bamboo in one hand and tapping it with something else.
After that, get a glass of water and place the top you cut (the part you didn’t cut) inside the glass. The piece should be standing straight up on its own. If it isn’t, go ahead and add that little piece of bamboo at the bottom to make it stand better.
Now it’s time to let your bamboo straw soak for a couple of hours so that the top starts to absorb the water.
After about an hour, take one out and bend it. If it does not feel pliable enough, put them back in the glass and let them soak longer.
After you are done with the bending, go ahead and take them out of the glass. You will now have bendable and reusable bamboo straws!
If you need to wash off your straws, just run them under water and rub them down with a brush (A paintbrush works great for this). After that is all set, just lay them flat on a cloth and let them dry.
They should now be ready to use! If you want an extra tip about cleaning straws, try using a bottle brush and some soap. That will help get out any stuck-on food items, and it works great with the straws.
What Type of Bamboo Is Used for Straws?
Most bamboo straws are made from Moso Bamboo, native to China and grown throughout the world. There are no environmental concerns involved with the production or usage of Moso bamboo.
It is a very sturdy grass, strong enough to make quality drinking straws without breaking apart easily. In addition to being sturdy, bamboo is also one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth. This means that it can be harvested in a matter of only 3 years.
Is It Safe to Drink From Bamboo Straws?
Yes, it is safe to drink from a bamboo straw. It is completely natural and non-toxic. However, plastic straws contain BPA, which can seep into any food or beverage product stored in the container that the BPA was made of.
The same can be said for anything microwaved in plastic containers. This chemical has been found to cause many adverse side effects, including infertility, cancer, and congenital disabilities.
How Long Does a Bamboo Straw Last?
Bamboo straws can last for a few hours or several months, depending on how you take care of them. The biggest factor is the type of liquid you drink and how fast your drink it. Drinking alcohol can cause the bamboo straw to split (especially staining darker liquors, such as red wine).
As long as you follow good tip-care procedures and don’t make a habit of using the straw with alcohol, it would help if you got several months of use out of your straw. In addition, regularly oiling your bamboo straws with coconut oil can greatly increase their lifespan, as it helps keep them from drying out.
Bamboo straws are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic, and they’re surprisingly easy to make. With a few simple supplies, you can create your own bamboo straw in minutes! We hope this article has been informative for you on how to make bamboo straws at home. If so, please share it with others who may be interested as well!
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Newspaper nails might seem hard to recreate, but if you really desire that effect for your mani, you should know that there are several ways you can achieve that pattern.
How to get newspaper nail art
Newspaper nails are very popular. Even if people think they are hard to get or you require a professional to pull off that look, the truth is that you can place those letters on your nails even at home, on your own. Depending on each girl’s preferences, you can have the newspaper nails with stickers, a printed sheet of paper, and water or vinegar. Discover below the best examples and find out how to make the best out of newspaper nails at home. Tell us in the comments which technique works best for your mani.
#1. Pink Square Newspaper Nails
You can do newspaper nail art with perfume. Your favorite eau de cologne contains alcohol, and this is the key ingredient that will help transfer the letters from the journal to your nails.
#2. DIY Newspaper Nails
Newspaper nail art with water stickers will encapture your fav stories on your hands. Paint your nails with white polish to create a contrast between the letters and the base color.
#3. Silver Newspaper Nails
Newspaper nail art with vinegar is very common for girls that want to transfer letters from paper to their fingertips. Apply a top coat, and your nail design is done and ready to amaze people.
#4. Abstract Newspaper Nails
Such newspaper nail art requires a base white mani and a letter transfer applied that can be performed with alcohol or vinegar. To improve their look, create an abstract design that resembles burnt paper.
#5. Newspaper Nails With Design
This newspaper nail art uses stickers and a dot pattern on each nail. The combination gives a sophisticated look and can be easily pulled off at home, or in a salon, on an acrylic base.
#6. Plain Words
This is the basic design of newspaper nail art. Just place a piece of newspaper on the nails and transfer the words to the nail plates.
#7. News of the Heartthrob
You can follow the news of your heartthrob heroes by wearing this design. Cut the small piece of the news that is about your celebrity crush and apply it on your nails. You can draw a heart to show your love.
If you have a habit of papercutting, you can foster that on your nails. This is more customized as you can choose the words as per your choice. Choose the desired words and cut that specific part of the newspaper and place them on the nails. Seal the design with a top coat.
#9. Newspaper Nail Art without Newspaper
You can have newspaper nail art without using any kind of nail art. Nail art decals are the best choice in this regard. They are available in cosmetic shops. Or buy these fake nails and have stunning newspaper nail art.
#10. Comics Nail Art
This design is very interesting. A newspaper doesn’t publish only news, they also publish different comics series to satisfy the need for the readers. You can paint your nails with your favorite cartoon character from the newspaper. The process is all the same. Just choose the piece of the newspaper wisely.
#11. Different Fonts
You can use nail art decals/stickers while doing newspaper nail art. This will allow you to have newspaper nail art where the words are written in different fonts.
#12. Burnt Newspaper
This is innovation at its best. Apply the newspaper nail art in such a way that resembles burnt newspapers. You’ll have some real looking burnt newspaper nails which will amaze everyone.
#13. Word Puzzle
Word puzzle is an integral part of a newspaper. You can apply that particular section of a newspaper on your nails. Place the cut piece of a newspaper that contains a word puzzle to have this type of nail art.
#14. Harry Potter Nails
If you love a movie or book so much that you want to carry an important news about them on your nails, this is the solution for you. Here, a news of Harry Potter movies has been demonstrated for your convenience.
#15. Newspaper & Stripes
There are no hard and fast rules that you have to cover your entire nail with newspaper. So, try something different like this picture. You can keep the lower edges of the nails blank or draw some stripes to add diversity.
Be very careful while doing newspaper nail art. You have to press the piece of newspaper firmly on your nails. Any unexpected movement will ruin the entire design. Also, notice the words you are transferring to your nails. Try to choose decent words that will enrich your personality. Hope you can find the best fit for your nails.
The funnel is a simple kitchen item that can be used for a variety of purposes. It’s most commonly used to pour liquids from one container into another, but it can also be used as a makeshift strainer or even as an extra-long spoon. This article will explore how to make a funnel for oil out of household items and why you might want to do so.
In the following article, we’ll discuss different types of household objects that will work in place of traditional funnels, what they’re suitable for, and how to use them properly. Additionally, we’ll provide instructions on how to construct your funnel out of these materials if you need one in a pinch!
10 Ways on How to Make a Funnel for Oil
1. Use a Collapsible Funnel
A collapsible funnel can be stored flat and taken out when needed, so it requires only the initial creation of the funnel. Additionally, if oil is stored in containers or bottles with no spouts, this method allows them to have their spout.
The main disadvantage of this method is that it must be completely emptied before being stored, which can make things awkward if you are siphoning oil from a large barrel or tank.
2. Use an Old Plastic Bottle
Cut off the top of a plastic bottle, or buy an old one at a store or garage sale. Be sure to wash out the bottle thoroughly to remove any residue and wash out the bottle cap. This funnel can be stored in a bag or pocket until needed.
The main disadvantage of this method is that it does not allow for easy cleaning after use, which can make things pretty gross if you are transferring oil from an old car engine where rust has built up inside the car’s reservoir.
3. Use a Straw
Once again, cut the top off of an old plastic bottle or buy one at a store or garage sale. Then, cut about six inches up from the bottom and insert a straw into the bottle until it touches the bottom. This method allows for easy cleaning after use but can be awkward when transferring oil from containers with small openings.
4. Make a Funnel from a Piece of Cardboard
Just cut a piece of cardboard into a circle and then draw a line from the center point out to the edge. Cut along this line down to where you want your funnel’s bottom hole to be, and use scissors or a knife to make holes big enough for straws in the corners.
The advantage of this method is that it is easy to make and will last a long time before needing replacement. The disadvantage of this method is that if you transfer oil from containers with small openings, the straws may not fit through those openings.
5. Use a Plastic Shopping Bag
Cut off the handles and bottom of a plastic shopping bag, then cut a hole in the bottom approximately one inch from the edge. Next, cut a slit near where you would like your funnel’s spout to be and insert a straw into this new hole.
Invert this bag over your container or bottle and pull or push the straw through the small hole that you cut into the bag. This method is similar to using a plastic bottle and straw but will not break if it gets wet or frozen.
6. Use Paper Plates
Cut any round paper plate in half, then trace around this circle onto another piece of paper with at least three times as much perimeter as your first sheet of paper. Next, cut out this new circle and then cut a notch in the center of one edge.
Fold the circle in half so that the inside edges touch and the folded edge makes a cone. Tape or glue together these insides to create a funnel with two openings: pouring and catching drips. The advantage of this method is that it has two uses. The main disadvantage is that the sheet of paper needs to be replaced after being used for just one drop of oil.
7. Make One from Cardboard Tape
This funnel can only be used once, but it does not require any special tools or materials to make and is relatively easy to make. First, fold a piece of cardboard in half and press it together to ensure no creases. Then, cut a hole in the center of one side about an inch from the edge, so that this hole is smaller than your spout-hole.
After cutting both funnel sides, trim each side down until they fit together snuggly. Next, unfold the two sides and fold each one in half to make a cone. Attach the cones with tape to have an empty funnel with a hole in its top center. Use this funnel by simply inverting the container or bottle over one side of the funnel and then pouring it into the other end until complete.
8. Make a Funnel Using Foil and a Straw
Cut any round piece of foil big enough to cover the opening of your container or bottle. Cut out a hole in the center to be smaller than the straw you plan on using. Attach this disk to one end of your straw, then use other pieces of foil to attach foil disks to the opposite end of your straw to form a cone.
If you run into problems with this method, try covering your foil discs in glue or attach them to the straw with tape instead of just wrapping around it.
9. Make a Glass Funnel
Cut the bottom edges off of any plastic bottle with an opening no more significant than your spout-hole. Make sure to make this hole big enough for your straw but small enough to pour through. Cut about one to two inches down from the top, cut off the cap and pull out the insides. If necessary, trim the edges, so they are smooth and even.
Make a hole in the center of one edge again big enough for a straw, but this time with a more giant hole than you used on the bottom. Ensure that there is still room between this new hole and where your spout will be to keep water from running under your funnel when it is in use. Insert a straw into this hole and attach another plastic bottle to the other end.
10. Make a Funnel from Tin Foil
Use any tin foil to create a funnel. Take a piece of tin foil and curl it into a cone shape, with one point larger than the other. Take another piece of tin foil and wrap it around the large end so that it gradually gets smaller as you move toward the small fortune but is large enough to cover your spout-hole. Push down this new larger end into the second piece of tin foil, so it creates a hole, then tapes everything together with electrical tape or any strong tape.
Tired of seeing your oil dripping all over the place? Find out how to make a funnel for oil that will stop this mess. We’ll show you step-by-step instructions on how to do it and even tell you what materials are needed! With just some basic supplies like paper towels, scissors, a glue stick s, and an old CD case or DVD cover in hand, anyone can create their funnel for any liquid.
As long as there is enough room in the bottleneck at the bottom end of the tube for pouring liquids back up into it from below without spilling them onto yourself or anything else around you while doing so, then congratulations, you have just made a working one-piece funnel. We hope this guide has provided some helpful advice on designing an effective funnel; let us know if you have any more questions!
Metal straws are cylindrical tubes made of stainless steel, aluminum, or another alloy. They come in various weights and diameters and can be bent to suit an individual’s needs. Today, they’re gaining popularity across the world for their versatility and eco-factor.
Whether you prefer your drinks cold or at room temperature, metal drinking straws allow you to travel with your drink without fear of breaking glass or spilling iced tea all over yourself. In this article, I will discuss how are metal straws made. So let us get started.
A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How Are Metal Straws Made:
Stainless steel is the most common material for constructing metal straws, although aluminum and other alloys can also be used. The most suitable of these materials will depend on the intended purpose of the straws in question.
For example, a thin-walled alloy such as aluminum may be more comfortable for children to use than a thicker-walled stainless steel option.
Step 1: Extrusion:
In this step, the cylinder that forms the body of the straw is created through extrusion from an appropriately sized metal tube. In some cases, this process may include spinning the tube into its final shape. This produces a hollow cylinder with slanted or cut edges at one or both ends.
Step 2: Pressing and bending:
In this step, the metal straw is pressed through a die to give it its final shape. This process will result in one flat side at each end of the cylinder (this feature helps prevent drinks from leaking down the sides of the straw).
This stage also involves bending or crimping either end so that they meet at an angle. In some cases, the edges may be slightly flared to provide a comfortable feel when drinking. It should be noted that alternative shaping methods such as spinning and swaging could also apply in certain circumstances.
Depending on how much work is desired from the finished product, these can involve even more complex pressings and heat treatments involving different metals.
For example, different materials can be used at each end or along the length of a metal straw to provide an easy grip. However, this approach requires more effort and usually makes the finished product less cost-effective.
Step 3: Cutting to the final length:
In many cases, this step is required before other processes can begin. The cutter will consider any additional features that have been added in previous stages when determining the appropriate position for cutting.
For example, if a flared edge has been incorporated before this stage, it should be cut to appear outside after completion. This helps ensure that drinks can travel all the way down, into the straw without spilling over one or both ends. It also makes it easier to drink from the straw as there is less chance of creating a vacuum.
Step 4: Polishing and cleaning:
This step will depend on the requirements of those who will be using the resulting straws. For example, if they are intended for commercial use and require an attractive finish, they may pass through a manual cleaning process and receive an additional polishing treatment.
If this approach isn’t desired, it can be omitted completely or replaced with other processes such as brushing or sanding. In some cases, a surface coating such as plastic or even gold may be applied to the metal straws after polishing.
This can increase their durability and provide additional properties that make them more amenable to commercial use. For example, it may enable customers to choose from a wider range of colors to personalize their straws.
Step 5: Packaging:
Packaging – Your metal drinking straw is now complete! Do you know how metal straws are made? You might think, “Hey, I am done.” But actually not yet. Because you have one final task before you put your product on the shelf for sale – packaging!
Packaging is essential for all types of products because it tells everyone about your brand and makes it more awesome. Packaging also acts as a protective barrier and prevents damage to the product during transport and storage. Packaging, therefore, serves many purposes.
The type of packaging needed depends on the material used in making straws. If, for example, they are made from plastics or glass, simple paper wrapping may suffice to protect them adequately until they reach their final destination.
However, metal straws require stronger protection than this since they can sometimes become twisted and bent during transit which can cause leakage of drinks inside the package. Wrapping them individually into separate plastic packets is one way that this problem can be circumvented if necessary.
Precautions While Making Metal Straws:
Some precautions need to be taken care of before making metal straws. These include:
1) While working with a saw, wear goggles and a mask to protect the eyes from flying pieces of metal. Also, wear clothes that cover your mouth and nose. This way, you can not only stay out of harm’s way but also prevent contaminants from entering your body through breathing in dust particles.
Gloves should also be worn as well as earplugs if necessary to avoid noise-related injuries. If you are working with a drill or other handheld device, make sure it is powerful enough for the task at hand without being underpowered or dangerous simply because it doesn’t have enough power behind it. Finally, ensure proper ventilation when cutting large amounts of sheet metal.
2) When soldering, use Mapp gas or propane, which are less hazardous than the normal butane lighter for heating metal pieces together. However, always be careful with the flame and never touch it to any part of your body, as even a momentary contact can result in severe burns.
If you do not have access to this type of fuel, you will need some lubricant on hand, such as beeswax, to ensure that the metal pieces slide smoothly past each other when fused. Work quickly so that the solder does not begin to harden before the joint is complete.
Also, make sure that you clean off dirt or impurities from both pieces of metal before beginning to solder them; otherwise, moisture may cause the solder to run and spoil any clean lines you try to create.
3) When filing or sanding, be sure to work carefully and methodically. Both actions can result in injuries such as cuts from broken pieces of metal flying off unexpectedly at high speeds.
Ensure that your work area is safe for this activity, allowing no one else to access until the area has been thoroughly checked for sharp debris, other tools that could cause injury, etc. Also, wear eye protection when filing or sanding to protect your eyes from harmful dust particles, which are kicked up by moving the file back and forth against the surface of sheet metal.
I hope this article has helped learn how are metal straws made. Ensure precautions while performing the process. Thank you and have a nice day!
Introduction: Classic Witch’s Broom
Need a simple and easy-to-make prop witch’s broom for a Halloween display or costume?
I needed one, but wasn’t keen on spending very much time or money on it. Here’s what I came up with, and it only cost me about $5 and 30 minutes of time.
Step 1: Materials
You need a straight-ish stick that is about 5 feet long, and a cheap broom, preferably the cheapest you can find.
I was looking around for suitable materials for the sweepy end of the broom, and considered gathering sticks and twigs, but spending $5 on a cheap Walmart broom just seemed so much easier!
You will also need some strong cordage, preferably a natural-looking variety like hemp or jute.
Step 2: Disassemble Broom
The top end of the sweepy bristles on my broom were wrapped tightly with thin wire, held to the handle with a small nail. I pulled the nail out with a pair of needle nose pliers, and unwound the wire until the bristles started to come loose.
The bristles were sort of “sewn” together with some strong nylon-like twine, which I cut with a utility knife and unraveled from the bristles.
I set the handle aside from some later project, and stacked the bristles into a semi-uniform pile.
Step 3: Set Stick on Bristles
Set one end of the stick about half-way down on the bristles.
Step 4: Prepare for Wrapping With Twine
Pull out about 12 feet or so of twine, and tie a loop in one end. Leave the tail end of the loop about 3 inches or so, which will aid in tying off the twine later on. (I left mine too short, but still managed to make it work.)
Slip the loop end under the bundle of bristles and stick end, about halfway between the end of the stick and the top of the bristles, and feed the long end of the twine through the looped end.
Step 5: Wrap
Pull the long end of the twine tightly through the loop, and begin wrapping it round and round the bristles. For the first few wraps, make sure the bristles are distributed around the stick fairly evenly.
The short tail end of twine from the tied loop needs to be accessible when you are done wrapping, so be sure not to wrap over it completely.
Continue wrapping as tight as humanly possible!
If the bristles tend to tilt in the direction of your wrapping, just gently push them back so they align with the stick. Keep wrapping tightly until you get near the end of the twine.
When you get to the end, tie this long wrapped end of the line to the original short tail from the looped end.
Pro tip: Soak the knot with several drops of superglue, and it will never come undone!
Step 6: Fasten Bristle Bunch to the Stick
The bunch of bristles will still slide up and down the broom stick, unless we fasten them somehow.
I used two one-inch roofing nails, driven through the twine and into the stick on opposite sides to accomplish this. Roofing nails work great, as they have a nice wide head on them, but in a pinch you could use any other kind of nail that is about 2″ long. Simply drive it halfway, and then pound it over flat onto the twine.
If you are OCD, you can now wrap a few additional layers of twine to cover the nails, or just leave it as is.
What to do with Nail Problems?**Like everything else about you, nails** are unique. You could have nails that crack, chip, peel or split before they have a chance to grow long. By understanding your nails you will know what to expect from them and what you can do with and about them.
To start with, here’s a list of some common nail problems you could run into.
Cause: ** The usual culprit is **nail polish. besides the vicinity of the nails, the reddish itchy spots may appear on delicate skin areas such as the eyelids of the neck or face, touched by the nails.
what to do:
take an antihistamine tablet and dab on calamine lotion.
Cause: The main villain is lack of moisture. Each time you put your hands in water the keratin swells and shrinks when dry. This weakens the bonds that hold up the nail matrix. Too long nails and faulty filing can also have a similar effect.
What to do :
Soak for ten minutes at night in baby oil or olive oil.
Keep nails short.
Use a file with a sponge centre.
A coat of white iodine strengthen nails.
Use oil based, not acetone removers.
If a nail starts to break cut it.
If you need to show off your nails, patch up the crack. Tear off a small corner of thin paper from an unused tea bag — as wide as the nail break and about 1/2″ long. Apply quick drying glue to the nail tear and let it dry. Next saturate the centre of notch with glue and place on the nail. Moisten the rest of the patch with glue and fold it around the torn part and under the nail. Smooth the paper edges down with a little glue and the sides of a tooth pick and buff lightly.
If any glue gets on your skin remove with a cotton bud dipped in remover.
**Cause: **Stress, habit, nervousness
What to do :
When you get the urge to bite, do something else to your hands. Sit on them, wiggle them in the air, create stuff.
A regular manicure is a good incentive.
Keep cuticles tidy.
Consider nail wraps while you wait for them to grow.
Get ” No Bite ” or ” Stop That Bite ” from your chemist.
Cause: Trapped moisture.
Use antifungal ointment. wait till the infection has cleared before using polish. Throw away products used on infected nails.
INGROWN TOE NAILS
Cause: **A **nail cut too short, curved at the corners, too-tight shoes resulting in the nail cutting into the flesh causing pain, swelling and inflammation.
Dip a cotton bud in antibiotic ointment and push under the nail edge. If infection and pus sets in, consult a doctor.
SPLIT, SORE CUTICLES
Cause: Picking, biting, dryness, or extra zealous clipping which leads to tougher, more unmanageable.
What to do :
Massage your nails regularly with a nourishing cream to keep moisturized.
Soak hands in warm water for a few minutes before easing cuticles back to soften them.
Push back gently with an orange stick.
Clean away the skin clinging to the nail using the flat side of a nail file.
Cause: Illness, overuse of harsh detergents, nail glue and acetone remover, faulty filing, too much exposure to water
What to do :
Wear rubber gloves for household chores.
Use oil based polish removers.
Try a soft grain nail file and leave the sides alone.
Keep hands out of very hot water.
Massage hand cream or hot almond oil into cuticles and nail after washing hands or at bedtime.
Cause: Cigar eye stains, cheap or too dark nail polish, acetone remover.
What to do:
With a swab dipped in diluted hydrogen peroxide. Insert into half a lemon and twist back and forth.
Keep nails polish -free for a while.
Good looking nails depend on their strength & flexibility, so try taking out time to pamper them.
Well, I guess this list enumarates all major problems that could occur with your nails, if you have any other particular problem that wasn’t mentioned, feel free to write about it in the comments and we’ll figure out what to do about it! Have a nice day! 🙂
Photo of healthy nails on the top by Beelama from Frickr
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Introduction: How to Make a One-Way Check Valve – for Cheap!!
It’s summer. If you’re going to build yourself a water-gun or a water pump, you’ll need some check valves. These should work for you PVC building enthusiasts!
The most expensive parts of a water pump, or DIY Super Soaker, are usually the check valves. In this project, we’re making some from scratch, for as little as $0.35 each.
Step 1: Watch the Video!
WARNING: The pressure tests and claims made on these check-valves is based solely on my personal experiences with the ones demonstrated in the video. Individual results may vary, and caution and care should be taken when loading the valves with high pressure. The risk of higher pressures is that the balls may be forced from the adaptor, shooting out like projectiles. High pressures may also cause the ball to lock up, preventing normal operation of the valve, or possibly even structural failure of the valve altogether. These valves are not made, or claimed, to be used in any heavy duty operations. Use of this content is at your own risk.
Step 2: The Easiest Check Valve
In this project, I’ll show 2 different ways to make a simple check valve. One is easy (simple but for low pressure applications only), and one a little more complex (good up to around 50-60PSI)
In either case, both valves will share 2 common parts.
1. One 3/4″ male PVC slip adaptor.
2. A length of 3/4″ PVC tubing (1-1/2″ or longer)
To make the quick and easy valve:
1. Find a 3/4″ rubber bouncy ball and slowly cut off the top 1/3rd.
2. Place the ball inside the PVC slip adaptor with the round side facing down, and the flat side facing up.
3. Press the 3/4″ PVC tube into the slip adaptor down far enough that it is firm and tight, but leaving enough room for the ball to move around a bit inside.
For low pressure applications, like blowing up balloons, this little device will make your little kids feel like balloon blowing champions.
The valve allows air into the balloon, and when you stop blowing, the valve closes and the air stays in the balloon indefinitely.
Step 3: A Little More Complex
For this valve, we’ll use the harder plastic ball and an O-ring. These are made to be a little more durable.
Prepare the tube;
1. Start by taking a piece of 3/4″ PVC tubing (minimum 1-1/2″) and measure 5/8″ from the bottom.
2. Drill a hole at the mark that goes through both walls of the tubing.
3. Find a strong piece of metal, like a thick paperclip or a nail to insert into the holes.
4. Trim the head off the nail so that both ends of the nail or paperclip are flush with the outside walls of the tube.
Note: This valve can be built into any length of PVC pipe you choose.
Prepare the slip adaptor for connecting;
1. Prime the inside walls of the adaptor, as well as the part of the tube that will slide into it.
2. Insert the O-ring and plastic ball into the adaptor, and check for a good fit and good seal.
3. Glue the parts that were primed, and slide the tube into the adaptor until the nail holes dip just below the surface.
Note: Don’t press so hard that the ball is trapped in the closed position. You will need a little gap for the ball so the valve can open and close.
4. Let the cement cure for about 2 hours before use.
Step 4: Make Them Multi-Use
To make these valves more convenient, I tried adding another slip adaptor to the other end of the 1-1/2″ pipe. This increases the cost by $0.34, but it’s worth it.
I chose 1-1/2″ as the pipe length, because when the adaptors are pushed together, it leaves only a very small gap and makes the unit very compact.
In the picture, you can see the ball held in the unit by the adaptor and the retaining nail preventing it from rolling it out of the tube.
I also gave them a quick paint job with some spray paint, and added electrical tape to one side so the direction of flow can be easily identified, similar to the schematic symbol for an electrical diode.
Step 5: Testing and Applications
To test your valve, use it to blow up a balloon. The balloon should stay inflated even when you stop blowing.
Place the valve into a bowl of water. If there is any air escaping at all, you will see little bubbles coming from the valve. If there are no air bubbles, that means your valve is air (and water) tight.
Because we used the slip adaptors, the ends of the connections are threaded, and allow the valves to be integrated into any system, and switched around at will.
My motivation in building these valves stemmed from a desire to build a PVC water pump, but the check valves were around $10.00 each. That seemed a little steep for a PVC build, so while looking for alternative options, I settled on this design, which is about the cheapest, while still being practical and useful, that I could imagine.
I tried using 2 of these check valves to make a PVC water pump. It can be used as an air pump, a vacuum pump, or a water pump that will pump up to 5 gallons per minute.
In my testing, the valves work great with air and water. Air pressures up to 60PSI seemed to be fine for normal operation, while pressures above 60PSI occasionally caused the ball to lock into the O-Ring, and required substantial “back-pressure” to unlock it.
Step 6: In Closing
If you try using rubber bouncy balls as the valve mechanism, only use them in very low pressure applications like blowing up balloons, and possibly for improvised water guns. Relatively high pressures used with these balls seems to eventually force them out of the adaptor, and can shoot them out at surprising velocities.
Overall, I’m really happy with the valves because they can be fit into any part of a PVC system, and can be duplicated quickly, easily, and for very very low cost.
If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can still see it below.
If you liked this project, perhaps you’ll like some of my others.
Artificial Turf Installation
The following guideline is a general overview of the proper steps needed for the installation of artificial turf under normal circumstances. Your specific project will be unique and may require additional steps. Please contact an RCP Block & Brick to discuss your particular project. View all available Artificial Turf styles.
- Always stretch and install turf tight
- Do not overlap seams
- When nailing, be sure no blades or thatch is stuck under nail head
- Never drive nails into base too far (counter sink) as this will create a noticeable dip or divot
- Always run grain of turf in same direction
- For best look, point the grain of the turf in the direction from which the turf will be most often viewed.
EXAMPLE: For front yard installation, grain would point toward street. For back yard installation, grain would point toward house
Step 1: Preparing the Base
One of the most important steps in the installation of your artificial turf is the preparation of the base. You want to make sure you use the proper base material, that it is compacted properly; and that it is relatively smooth and even.
Excavate the Site:
Remove 3″вЂ“4″ of existing sod and/or dirt. Be sure to set a rough grade for drainage. If irrigation system is present, the common step is to cap and/or remove any sprinklers.
Install & Compact Base Material:
Lay 3″вЂ“4″ of either Class II Road Base or Decomposed Granite. Using a plate compactor, compact base to 95%. Be sure base surface is as level and smooth as possible. Create a slight grade for optimal drainage.
PET USE TIP: If pets will be using the area, spread a layer of Zeolite on top of the base at .5lb per sqft, and compact.
Compact the Base Material
Step 2: Installing Weed Barrier
In order to prevent weeds from taking root and growing up through your artificial lawn, it is suggested to install a fabric weed barrier beneath the turf installation (unless areas will be used by pets).
Install weed barrier (fabric), overlapping seams 6″вЂ“12″. Secure to base with 20D nails or landscape staples.
PET USE TIP: If pets will be using the area to “do their business”, it is suggested to NOT use weed barrier. Weed Barrier is made from a durable cloth-like fabric that will actually absorb and hold the urine, causing noticeable odor problems.
NOTE: (Optional) If an area where soil shifts or needs pumping when saturated with water, install weed barrier underneath base. By installing the barrier beneath the base, materials on top will retain better compaction integrity should such soil conditions exist.
Install Weed Barrier
Step 3: Acclimate the Turf
When the artificial turf is delivered, it will come in rolls. Being shipped and stored in this manner for a duration of time will cause the turf to hold an odd shape. This step is important in re-defining the memory of the turf and making it easier to work with.
Turf should be rolled out at least 2 hours before installation. Exposure to the sun as well as being laid out flat allows the artificial turf to acclimate, making it more flexible and easier to work with.
Acclimate the Turf
Step 4: Position and Trimming
In this step, you will roughly position and trim the turf in preparation of final installation. This will give you a general idea as to how the sections of turf will lay out.
How to Position the Turf:
Remove all dirt and debris from surface of weed barrier prior to turf installation. Lay turf onto base and position where needed. When positioning, be sure to lay the turf pieces so the grain, or direction of the blades on all pieces face in the same direction. This will help eliminate a patchy look and help hide seams.
How to Trim the Turf:
Using a razor knife, cut off salvage (the black and red part along the sides of the turf) – 3 stitches from the sides. Cut turf (cutting from the backside) to roughly fit in the desired area. It is a good idea to leave a bit of excess for any needed adjustments. This excess will be trimmed to fit during final positioning.
Trimming the Turf
Step 5: Securing the Turf
Once the turf is laid out and roughly cut to fit, it is time to begin securing it to the base, making final fitting trims, and connecting the different sections.
How to Fit, Tighten, & Secure the Turf:
Fasten one end of the turf with 60D nails, spaced 3″-4″ apart. Stretch turf tight, and fasten with nails as you move across to the opposite end. Trim any perimeter edges to fit. Place a nail every 3″-4″ along the perimeters and every 12″-24″ throughout the field. Be careful to not drive the nails too deep, as this will cause dips and divots. Also, avoid any blades or thatch catching under the nail heads.
How to Connect Turf Seams:
Where two pieces of turf meet, fasten together the seams using nails spaced 1″-2″ apart. Seaming tape, such as Jiffy Seal, can also be used to secure seams. To apply seaming tape, apply tape lengthwise to bottom side of turf, leaving 3″ stuck to turf and 3″ hanging off. Lay turf back down (Tape should be sticky-side up – Do not peal away liner.) Secure opposite piece of turf to tape. Be sure seams are tight and precise, and that the grain of your turf is all facing in the same direction.
Securing the Turf with Nails
Securing Seams with Turf Tape
Step 6: Filling the Turf
It is finally time to fill the turf with Turf Fill and broom the entire area with a power broom. The fill will give the turf weight as well as help keep the blades of turf standing up.
How to Fill the Turf:
Once turf is tight and secure, power broom before in-filling to get the blades standing up as much as possible. Apply Turf Fill, and Zeolite Odor Control for pet applications, onto turf using a drop spreader. Apply in-fill as needed. If you don’t have a spreader, shovels or wheel barrows can be used – Just be sure and spread the in-fill as evenly as possible. Please contact RCP for the proper amount of infill for your style of turf.
Power broom again to spread the fill around and work it into the turf. Broom as much as needed to work in the in-fill and get the blades standing straight up.
Products, cosmetics, fragrance and feeling great. As a group of humans, we love looking and feeling good and we like to do it as much on the cheap as possible!
Not only do we like to do it on the cheap, but we also want to make money where we can. Plus, we also love learning new skills where we can to get better and more creative.
I challenge you to think of the times where certain things were all the rage. Tamagotchis? Furby? Pogs? Maybe it was the crazy bones? Slime? No matter what it is, as different generations, we were all around for at least one of them. Kids were going bonkers for it too and now…it’s perfume and nail varnish (which seems to have continued as a craze from flower crushing right the way through to what we’re going to be discovering today.)
The scrumptious scents are going to be left to another time. However, today, let’s check out the best way to make your own nail varnish in many different ways from your very own home!
Like any recipe, you need ingredients to get started. So, what are they and where do you get them from?
Ingredients needed for making nail polish at home
- Clear nail polish
- Eyeshadow or powdered colour (maybe even a good blusher!)
- Glitter – (why not go environmentally friendly and use biodegradable which is available online for cheap!
- Butter knife or wooden lollipop stick
- Two or three sheets of card or paper.
- A hairpin or cocktail stick.
A lot of these ingredients for your own ‘at-home-nail polish’ you can get from online. It’s cheap and affordable. Why not try eBay or Amazon? There are plenty of deals and also, some really unusual colours and textures! From glittery to shimmery, they have it all! Also, check out your local shops on the high street – Wilkinsons, Superdrug, Bodycare and Boots are just a few choices of where to get cheap ingredients from.
Ready to get started? Brilliant, let’s go!
- Step one
Take your clear nail polish and tip out just less than a quarter of it. Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated room and don’t do this around anyone who is asthmatic. You need to have enough space to ensure that you can fit the other coloured powders or glitters that you’re wanting to use.
A little extra tip is to make sure that you have something to tip your polish into. Maybe use a sandwich bag or perhaps a tub that you won’t use for anything else.
- Step two
Remember that card or paper that we popped onto your ingredients list for making your own nail polish? Well grab it and get rolling! This ensures that your nail polish will be in your pots safely and without any spillages.
You can follow personable tips of taking a piece of card (or two sheets of paper if you’re using the thinner materials.) Next, fold the paper or card twice so that you have fold lines. The easiest way is to use the four smaller bits to then make a funnel shape.
Alternatively, check out the link here that shows you how to make a funnel slowly, so that creating your own nail polish at home is even easier!
Something to remember is that you will need a new funnel for each new colour of powder that you’re adding or the different glitters unless you’re wanting a mix!
- Step three
Make sure that you choose your appropriate colour and then either use the butter knife (remember to accompany your kid if you’re the adult and are helping them) or the wooden lollipop stick to crush the powder as small as you can. Make sure that there are no clumps so that your nail polish creation is as smooth as possible!
- Step four
Take your bottle that has some of the polish removed, wipe the brush so that it doesn’t drip onto anything and place it to one side, maybe on tissue as long as it’s not wet. Next, grab your funnel and use it to funnel the coloured powder or glitter into the polish.
It might get a little stuck but don’t worry…that’s what your toothpick it for. Get assisting it and poke it through if needs be.
Finally, get those hands and arms and shake, shake, shake that bottle until you’re mixed in nicely. Why not have a little dance with it to make your nail polish making even more fun at home!?
- Step five
Check the colour.
Is it deep enough, bright enough or do you want a little bit of a change? Using about 4oz pots of eyeshadow gives the polish a luscious colour. If you want it darker or brighter, simply add a bit more to the mix and shake it in.
- Step six
Get painting your nails and your kids’ as well! Have a pamper session and see how long you can make your nail polish stay on your beautiful nails for. Why not make it into a competition.
A little tip from others is to maybe add in a metal or glass bead and keep on shaking that bottle to keep your ingredients mixed thoroughly! Why not give it a try and see if it works for you? The colour mixes are endless, glitter possibilities in magical amounts and the pick and mixing almost as yummy as the sweets at the cinema!
Have fun, enjoy and get practising. Don’t forget to share your skills with friends and family as well. I’m sure they’ll be just as impressed as the rest and plus, you can be your own remote teacher too!
Other ideas are pampering parties, make it together or maybe just paint other people’s finger and toenails with your newest creations. If you can feel beautiful then why not share the love with others and help boost them up as well?
Have fun and keep on making new nail polish at home with fresh ingredients!
A stainless steel Starbucks straw is pictured in a cup in this photo.
TORONTO — This holiday season, cocktail hour could really suck for the straw industry.
That’s because some establishments are ditching plastic straws as public backlash grows against the ubiquitous convenience — a seemingly innocuous tool that has become emblematic of the world’s plastic pollution problem.
Customers like 31-year-old Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster are leading the charge, by asking wait staff at the bars and restaurants she visits to not bring her a straw.
She says she’s trying to reduce the overall garbage she produces, and believes these little gestures are finally starting to get some traction.
“This year was the first year I feel like a server went, ‘Absolutely, we’re totally on board with that.’ A couple of times I’ve had that response. And that tells me, ‘Oh, they’ve heard about this, it’s now becoming a thing,”‘ says the Toronto actress, who has also emailed bars she frequents to suggest they limit straw use.
“Sometimes I feel kind of embarrassed about these little choices and I feel embarrassed about coming off as some kind of crazed eco-warrior hippie person.”
But she’s certainly far from alone in her crusade.
Two years after a video of a sea turtle impaled by a straw turned up on YouTube, the campaign to eliminate straws seems to have hit a new level of mainstream awareness.
Establishments now run the risk of being shamed on social media for serving a glass of water with a straw, and as more businesses make changes, those lagging behind risk appearing out-of-step with the times.
Bar owner Rachel Conduit admits she caught on to the movement a bit later than she’d like, but says she recently switched to biodegradable straws at her two Toronto bars, Handlebar and Farside.
She’s also told her staff to stop habitually putting straws in mixed drinks, and only leave them on the bar for customers to grab if they want one.
“The reason it took so long is the places I think where bars and restaurants often go to buy straws just don’t stock (biodegradable versions). So you have to go out of your way to order and find and source and get them delivered,” says Conduit.
They are more expensive — she says 3,000 biodegradable straws cost her more than $100, while the same amount from her local cash-and-carry run less than $20.
Conduit chalks that up to the cost of doing business, and guesses it would be offset by using fewer straws overall. Before the switch, she says the bars would go through 400 to 600 straws a month.
But she doesn’t see the day when people will ban straws altogether.
“Some people love their straws. They have nice lipstick or they have sensitive teeth. I think people will always use them.”
Food service consultant Geoff Wilson agrees. Despite the social pressures and greater awareness, he says cost is still the determining factor in how most businesses choose to operate.
While it might be relatively easy for a small, independent outlet to make the switch — with bars especially able to fold increased costs into the price of fancy cocktails — he doubted the broader industry would go biodegradable. Large chains, especially, would have a hard time, he suggested.
“Take the cost of one straw — the differential — and multiply that by millions of straws,” says Wilson, principal at fsStrategy Inc.
“The implication is pretty significant for margins for an operator. And operators’ margins are getting squeezed by everything else, including rising labour rates in Ontario. It’s going to be a real tough sell to get an operator to say, ‘Sure, I’ll go with a paper straw at 50 per cent more or whatever the amount is.’ It’s not going to happen.”
He also doubted a consumer would pay more for a fancy straw.
“And quite honestly, it’s pretty hard to drink a smoothie or an Iced Capp or whatever without a straw while you’re driving in the car. Unless you want to wear it.”
Nevertheless, at least one big Canadian franchise has jumped aboard.
Boston Pizza switched to biodegradable straws from plastic straws in January 2017, says spokeswoman Alexandra Cygal, noting it’s part of a broader strategy to switch all packaging to more eco-friendly versions.
“Across our 380 restaurants in Canada, each restaurant might go through an average of maybe over 120,000 straws a year. So that’s a huge impact,” says Cygal.
She calls it “a bigger hurdle” for bigger brands to pull off, especially a franchise business like Boston Pizza in which each restaurant is owned by a franchisee. She acknowledged that the added costs are passed down to those individual store owners.
“We want it to be great for the environment, and definitely the kind of responsibility that we bear, we also want to be sure that the costs aren’t too high because we’re passing those down to the franchisee.”
There’s certainly an opportunity for some businesses to market and build their brand by appearing eco-friendly, says Phillip Jacobsen of the online compostables retailer Greenmunch, based in Sherwood Park, Alta.
He says his paper drinking straws have been a bestseller for over five years, with the biggest growth in the past year.
While half of his business traditionally comes from individuals buying for parties, weddings, and special events, he says there’s growing demand from restaurants, bars, hotels, caterers and larger events.
And these days, new businesses seem more likely to consider their eco-profile and work it into their brand, says Jacobsen. It doesn’t hurt that colourful paper straws photograph well and lend easily to Instagram and other social media promotion.
Jacobsen says his corn straws also sell well, but he notes they must be diverted to a commercial compost facility in order to fully break down. That can be hit and miss, depending on the city you live in, he adds.
In Toronto, Jennifer Wright of the advocacy group Green Shift bemoans a lack of support from some garbage haulers, noting she routinely hears complaints about collectors who refuse to believe their disposables are genuinely compostable.
“The East Coast, for example, seems to be much more progressive in trying to really work with the compost facilities and support this, whereas in Toronto they love to just constantly say, ‘No,”‘ says Wright, president of Green Shift, which also distributes eco-friendly products including biodegradable straws.
“Some places sell fake biodegradable and what happens is that it tarnishes everything because then the waste hauler will say, ‘Forget it, it’s all going to go to landfill.”‘
But making the switch is still worth fighting for, she says.
“Don’t get discouraged if you can’t put it in compost right now, you have to realize you’re part of the change,” says Wright, who supplies most universities across the country as well as companies including Air Miles, HomeSense, Winners and Canadian Tire.
Ch’ng Lancaster, too, says every small step helps.
“We have so completely bought into this feeling that we deserve convenience as if it doesn’t cost something,” she says.
“I do think small changes lead to bigger changes.”
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The press went crazy jumping all over a report that four North Carolina students invented a nail polish to detect “date rape” drugs. Just dip a finger into a drink, and watch for a colour change that is indicative of the beverage having been doctored with rohypnol, Xanax or gamma hydroxybutyrate, the classic date rape drugs. At least so goes the story.. Actually, the nail polish doesn’t yet exist, it is just a concept. It is, however, a legitimate idea, given that test strips, coasters, straws and even glasses that change colour in response to the presence of certain drugs do exist.
The chemistry here is fascinating but very complex. It is based on a polymer which is cross linked after being treated with the drug that is to be eventually detected. The drug forges a space in the polymer matrix according to its molecular shape. It is then washed out leaving a cavity in the shape of the drug molecule. The same drug is then coupled to a dye and is added to occupy the spaces that have been vacated. When the polymer, which in theory could be incorporated into nail polish, is then dipped into a beverage, should any of the same drug be present, it will displace some of the the embedded molecules which after being bumped out release the dye that was attached.
Don’t wait for a full moon to unleash your inner beast. Get your growl on with these tips on creating the ultimate werewolf mask.
You Will Need
* Petroleum jelly or lotion
* A wig cap
* Gauze suitable for plaster work
* Hot glue
* A small sheet of craft foam, cut into 1-inch strips
* A needle and thread
* A spool of 1-inch-wide elastic
* 3 feet of sturdy wire
* Epoxy glue
* Craft foam blocks
* Paper clay
* White and red polymer clay
* Primer or sealer
* Black, red, and white acrylic paint
* Glossy epoxy clear coat
* Fake fur
* A utility knife
* Enough blocks of craft foam to cover your hands, feet, and legs
* Black tool dip
* Baseball batter’s gloves
* 8 large craft foot claws or acrylic nails
* 10 medium-size craft finger claws or acrylic nails
* A pair of low-top shoes without shoe laces
* Thermal underwear or tights
* An old long-sleeve button-down shirt
* An old pair of jeans or slacks
* A helper
* An electric knife
Step 1: Make the cast
Step 2: Make a cast of your chin
Step 3: Create the headband
Step 4: Frame the snout
Step 5: Sculpt the snout
Step 6: Create the jaw
Step 7: Attach the jaw
Step 8: Frame and sculpt the ears
Step 9: Apply finishing touches
Step 10: Create teeth
Step 11: Prime and paint
Step 12: Cut out the fur
To cut the fake fur, place it facedown on a hard surface and use a utility knife.
Step 13: Attach the fur
Step 14: Shape the paws
Step 15: Attach the claws
Step 16: Make a pattern
Step 17: Attach the fur
Step 18: Make the arms
Try the suit on with the mask periodically to make sure the proportions are correct.
Step 19: Create the feet
Step 20: Shape the legs
Use and electric knife to cut and shape the foam blocks.
Step 21: Cut the clothes
Step 22: Finish the legs.
Step 23: Put it on.
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French style is effortless, distinct, and has the rest of the world wondering if there’s something in the l’eau. Women around the world have tried to emulate French girl style for years, and I am no exception. In fact, I’m such a Parisian-wannabe and so into French fashion that one time I moved to Paris for six months to intern for ELLE France and take classes on the history of French fashion (shameless plug, but whatevs). The truth is that the cliché is right: it really is that special je ne sais quoi. But until we can identify the quoi in their style, here are six styling tips I picked up while in Paris that you can use, no matter where you live.
1. Stay simple
Because I idolize her (and had a lot of exams revolved around her in my fashion class), one of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel’s famous style rules was “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” In other words, it was the old school version of “do less.” French style is about simplicity, which means letting a few key pieces speak for themselves, like a few delicate pieces instead of stacks of jewelry. If you want to wear a statement piece, choose only one, whether it’s a hat, statement pair of shoes, or scarf (very French, non?), and pair it with the best Parisian accessory: simplicity.
2. Have a go-to uniform
Every Parisian celebrity and style star, whether it’s Jeanne Damas, Clémence Poésy, or Audrey Tautou, have an outfit formula that they wear over and over again. In fact, this might be the secret to their unfailing style–they know exactly what works, what they like, and what they feel comfortable in. In other words, when you got a good thing, why change it? To make your own uniform, have a go-to outfit combo like skinny jeans, a tee, and a blazer, that you know you feel great in, and buy multiple different styles and colors in those same pieces. Can’t think of a go-to outfit formula? Check out our French Capsule Wardrobe for inspo.
3. Use the element of surprise
Model and style icon Ines de la Fressange said that the key Parisian style secret is to “Always keep them surprised. If they think you’ll wear heels, wear flats. If they expect flats, wear heels.” I’ve been a personal fan and follower of this rule ever since my mom and I got in fights because I wanted to wear high heels to high school (true story). Bottom line: even if you have a uniform, don’t let it make you predictable. Add an element of surprise in every outfit you wear, whether it’s a single rip in your otherwise brand new jeans, or a fancy jacket with your casual tee.
4. Try relaxed silhouettes
That “effortlessly chic” style is hard to fake, but I learned that a big proponent of the “I woke up like this” style has to do with the silhouettes. You won’t find many tight or bodycon silhouettes in French fashion. Instead of tight skinny jeans that you can hardly move in, Parisians opt for slightly straight legs and a relaxed fit. Instead of a bodycon dress for a night out, a Parisian might opt for a pair of trousers or maxi dress. When a tight pencil skirt is worn, it is well-tailored, perfectly fitting, and paired with a loose fitted top so the silhouette is not too skin tight. Play around with whatever silhouettes you feel best in and then rock it, knowing that the “effortless” comes from what we genuinely love.
5. Mix dressy with casual
Ines de la Fressange offered ways to master the “offbeat look à la Parisienne” to the New York Times, saying, “Wearing jeans with gem-encrusted sandals, not sneakers; a pencil skirt with ballet flats, not heels; an evening dress with a straw handbag, not a gold clutch; a chiffon print dress with battered biker boots, not brand-new ballet flats; a sequined sweater with men’s trousers, not a skirt; a tuxedo jacket with sneakers, not femme fatale stilettos.” In other words, the key to Parisian style is sophistication mixed with imperfection. Always add a casual element to a dressy outfit or a dressy element to a casual outfit. Never try to make anything too perfect, whether it’s your outfit or yourself.
Things You’ll Need
Straws.Scissors.Nail glue.Base coat.White nail polish.Nail polish (any color)Top coat.Acetone and cotton balls (for removing)
How do you make fake nails stick without glue?
If you don’t want to use glue, tape is a great alternative. You can use regular double-sided tape or fashion tape. I don’t have double sided tape or nail glue, so how can I even put the glue on my nails? You could also apply a coat of clear nail polish and just attach it.
Can 11 year olds get fake nails?
Because there is no legal restriction on the age of a client who can receive nail enhancements, you should discuss you concerns with you employer and together draw up a release form for young clients’ parents to sign.
Can 10 year olds have acrylic nails?
Yes, it is okay for a 12 or 13-year-old maybe even 11 years old to get acrylic nails. However, it is not suggested to be medium-length or long length. Nail salons typically allow 11-15-year-old children to get them so long as they are somewhat short, and mom, dad, and guardian agree.
Can I make nail glue?
You don’t need to buy expensive, commercial nail glue because making your own is quick and easy! Mix together PVA glue and clear nail polish using a cotton swab stick. Then apply the nail glue to either attach an artificial nail or to hold together a broken nail.
Many women want to know “Can nails grow in 3 days?” The answer is yes, but you have to know which method to use and what your normal growth rate is. A healthy nail needs certain things to grow at a good rate. You also need to make sure that you are giving your nails the proper nutrition to ensure they continue to grow at their maximum potential. Here is how to grow nails in 3 days:
If you want to get thicker and longer, you have to give your nails vitamins. They need the right amount of vitamins and minerals to grow at their highest potential. The best way to get your daily requirements is by eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.
Also, drinking water with high levels of vitamins such as A and C is important as well. Another way to get the vitamins you need is by taking daily supplements.
Can Nails Grow in 3 Days?
Can nails grow in 3 days? This is a question asked by many people and it is answered very rarely. While some people have the ability to grow nails really well, most of the time you need some form of special treatment before you will see any improvement with your nails. I am going to give you some facts on the subject of whether or not your nails can grow in 3 days.
The thing that causes the question “can nails grow in 3 days?” is the fact that people believe they can grow nails really well in just a few days from beginning to end.
They do this because they don’t understand what actually takes place during the growth process. Things like genetics, nutrition, exercise, stress all play a huge part in whether or not someone is able to grow nails quickly.
How to Grow Nails in 3 Days
Do you want to know how to grow nails in three days? There are some great new products on the market that promise to let you grow your nails in as little as a few hours, but most of them don’t work that well.
The only way to grow nails fast that really works is by using a product that contains the best possible ingredients. You need to be careful when you are buying your products though, because you definitely don’t want to waste any money on a useless product. Here are a couple tips that will help you choose the right grow nail kit.
One of the biggest problems people have when they are learning how to grow nails fast is that they just plain don’t know what type of product to use.
Most of the stuff that you buy for home use on your nails will cause serious side effects if you are not careful, and some even damage your nail. That’s why you need to make sure that you read everything before you buy a product and start using it.
If you follow these two simple pieces of advice, then you will find that learning how to grow nails fast becomes very easy. The last thing you want is to go and spend a lot of money on an expensive product only to find that it doesn’t work at all.
You want to avoid that as much as possible, so try to find a grow kit that has natural ingredients. These products tend to be a little bit more effective, and they won’t cause any serious side effects either.
How Quickly Do Nails Grow?
Many women are asking themselves how quickly can nails grow. Well, to answer the question you probably already know that it depends on many factors. If you are a girl and your nails grow very quickly then that is great! If not then you need to start working on your growth.
For starters, it really helps if you understand exactly how quickly your nails grow in the beginning. While it is impossible to provide an exact amount because we are all different, fingernail growth tends to grow between approximately 3-4mm a month on an average.
For your information women with longer fingernail growth periods tend to have thicker, longer, and stronger nails. Ladies with shorter nail growth periods tend to have thinner and weaker nails. This does not mean that ladies with longer fingernail growth periods do not grow nails; it just means that their nails take a much longer time to grow.
In order to get the quickest results possible, it is important to follow the instructions on the acrylics closely. Three weeks is the recommended time frame for growing nails. Three weeks is often considered long enough but just remember it is all based on your own personal growth rate.
Once your nails have grown to your desired length and you feel comfortable with the look and feel then you are ready to go ahead and remove them. Three nails makes up one acrylics nail file.
Home Remedies to Grow Nails in Three Days
Did you know that there are many home remedies to grow nails in three days? The key is knowing the right way to grow and use them properly. I was looking for a way to grow my nails fast, so I went online and started searching. I found out that there are many home remedies to grow nails in three days that actually work.
It is important to note that if you want to grow nails fast you need to treat your nails right. You should never use any type of nail polish on your nails, even though some people think that this will speed it up.
If you want to grow nails in three days, the best way is to use a natural product that will stimulate the growth.
One great way to grow nails fast is to use apple cider vinegar. You should take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and mix it with a cup of warm water. This will create a natural polish that will make your nails grow quickly. When you use this method, you will also want to keep your hands away from the affected area.
Are Three Days Enough For Nails to Grow?
Many people wonder if it is possible to grow nails fast. The answer is a resounding yes! Your nails grow based on many different factors. One of the biggest factors is how healthy your body is. If you have a poor diet, are overweight or have poor sleep habits your nails will not grow as quickly as they could.
Exercise is also an important factor when it comes to growing nails fast. You don’t need to run marathons or go to the gym.
You just need to get out and move around. When you exercise your body will be using all of it’s muscle tissue to grow, thus increasing blood flow to that area and making it easier for your nails to grow.
There is no question about the amount of time it takes to grow nails fast if you take care of yourself. A good diet, plenty of water and exercise will definitely speed up the process. As long as you stay away from those unhealthy habits you’ll be fine. Now that we know how to grow nails fast there really isn’t any excuse.
Why not start today?When done correctly, it will keep your cuticles nice and tight and this will cause your nails to grow faster. It doesn’t hurt or cost anything. All it takes is some time and patience.