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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2013 09:21:09 AM »

Ohhh this reminds me of when I was little - we used to make these at school :-)

Will definitely be showing my kids how to make them this year - they'll love them! Thank you :-)
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2013 02:01:40 AM »

Tell me, how does the spice mixture 'stick' to the pomander?
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2013 05:33:14 AM »

Tell me, how does the spice mixture 'stick' to the pomander?



A little of it just naturally sticks to the skin, but much of it gets embedded in the ball end of the cloves.
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2013 10:04:26 AM »

I have made a few of these over the past few years but found some of them turned mouldy rather than drying out.  No reason why some did and some didn't but then I started to roll them in talcum powder and that seems to stop them moulding. I currently have one sitting on top of my dehumidifyer and the house smells gorgeous.
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2013 11:09:30 AM »

I have made a few of these over the past few years but found some of them turned mouldy rather than drying out.  No reason why some did and some didn't but then I started to roll them in talcum powder and that seems to stop them moulding. I currently have one sitting on top of my dehumidifyer and the house smells gorgeous.

I've heard you can also use orris root, but haven't tried it myself.
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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2013 01:13:33 PM »

I think orris root is quite expensive.  I tried to buy some a couple of years ago but the shop was sold out.  The lady there told me that she just uses talcum powder so i tried it and it works for me
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« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2013 11:53:39 PM »

I think orris root is quite expensive.  I tried to buy some a couple of years ago but the shop was sold out.  The lady there told me that she just uses talcum powder so i tried it and it works for me

If you use talcum powder, do you still roll in the pomander in a mixed spice mix?
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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2013 05:46:04 AM »

FIY:  This time around, I used less cloves than I have in the past, since a few instructions I saw said the number of cloves doesn't matter.  It didn't sound right to me, but I put on less, anyway.  Apparently it does matter, since one of them rotted.  The others are fine.  I'm going to try orris root or talcum for the next batch.  But also be aware that where I live, it's very, very humid and things rot easily.
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« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2013 11:06:39 AM »

I just got one of these as a gift from my mom! I adore it. I didn't realize they didn't have to be fully covered in cloves. They look fantastic and I'm sure smell uhmazing.
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