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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: New spice, umm rack, err holders, um spice container solution??? on: July 13, 2005 07:23:59 AM
i got an old cookie sheet that magnets will stick to & spray painted it black & hung it right by my stove... & hung my little tins with spices... it's perfect... thanks for the idea!!!

Just keep in mind that heat isn't good for spices. Most loose their flavor pretty quickly if they're too close to the stove. (The same is true for light, which is the down side of this solution, but at least it doesn't happen as quickly.) The ideal storage for spice is a dark, cool place, but who wants to go the the garage every time you want a dash a cumin?

Ochen K.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: New spice, umm rack, err holders, um spice container solution??? on: May 09, 2005 10:43:06 PM
I love this idea! We have a serious spice management problem at my house, so this was perfect!!

Plus, I've seen these tins at Axman. Long live AXMAN!! For me to make something, it has to be creative AND cheap!

The big tins were 95 cents each. The next size down were 75 cents each. I bought a bunch and went to town.

Here's my 'frige (so far)



There are a couple of questions that have come up in this thread, so I'll give my solutions.

1) Magnets. Sheet magnets are way too weak to hold the tin and spice contents. I experimented with a few different types. Axman had "super-strong" magnets, 3 for $4. You only need one for each tin. It's totally secure, and in fact, it's a little too strong. The magnet pulls the tin out of your hands as you get close to the fridge. Axman also had slightly weaker magnets, 10 for $3. You have to use three per tin, but it's cheaper and feels better. The only downside of these magnets is that they leave a slight residue on the fridge if you move them around. We learned not to move 'em, so it's fine.

Here are the magnets.



2) Glue: I use Elmer's Stix-All. No problem at all. A little stinky when using, but dries oderless.

3) Lid security: This was my biggest concern. The ones at Axman did not create a tight pressure fit. So after a little experimentation, I figured that a tiny crimp on the base tin kept everything tight.

Here's me crimping:



and here's what the crimp looks like:



I also found this neat little box at Axman, so I added a sheet magnet (which is strong enough to hold the plastic case and bay leaves).







Thanks so much for the idea!!

Ochen K.


3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Eggs Galore on: November 21, 2004 10:57:00 PM
Wow, you guys have some great eggs! I love them!

Here are a few of mine. Not as intricate, but I like them.



4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Craft The Vote! / Re: kerry edwards stenciled patches on: October 25, 2004 11:41:29 AM
I love the Kerry/Edwards image! I looked around to see if I could figure out where it came from, but no luck. So, I re-drew it in photoshop. The font is a little different, but I doubt anyone could tell. Here's a big-ish version (614x450) if anyone wants it.



If you want a ginormous version, I've put one up at http://www.ochenk.com/crafts/ke2004big.jpg

I used this big one to make an iron-on tee-shirt.

Ochen K.
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