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Quick and easy homestead uses for Plastic Bottles (PET)

Quick and easy homestead uses for Plastic Bottles (PET)
In the not too distant past, you would buy milk, sodas, etc. in glass bottles which you would return to the store to be sterilized and used again. Now, with our disposable culture, plastic bottles have replaced this system and have consequently become one of the many banes of the landfills. We need to rectify this wasteful and eco-nomically expensive practice. The current popular solution to the problem is recycling. That said, here are 10 simple ideas on how to reuse plastic bottles around the homestead.

Recycled Grocery Totes Ready to go green? Then say goodbye to your old grocery bags by melting them into something cute. Afterall, plastic is the new plastic, right? Skill Level: Beginner to IntermediateNeeded: * plastic grocery bags (Target bags work best)* Parchment Paper* Fabric for handles and decor (optional)* IronWe’ll be fusing layers of old grocery bags together to create a stronger “fabric” for our new bags. Let’s get started! 1. I guess Target needs to add #6. I chose to only use the white portion of my bags. Cut the bottom, top and sides off of your bag. Lay the long rectangular sheet flat. This is the tricky part, so I won’t sugar coat it. I found that the best way is to start at the bottom and press the iron up, to get any air bubbles out. When you’re all done, it should look like this, a large sheet of plastic: Continue the process so that you have sheets of this new “fabric” to work with. 2. Cut out your bag pieces using a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler. 3. 4. 5. And….you’re done!

Bow making Basics I remember making my first bow as a kid. I found a branch on the ground under the black oak trees that grew in our yard. There was a windstorm the prior evening and branches were everywhere. What is it that attracts people to want to know how to make a bow and arrow? So how do you make a bow? Select your wood My first attempt at bow making was actually not that far off. You can walk outside, find some local trees or shrubs, and start bending wood. You can actually make a bow out of any wood. Bow woods [twocol_one] [unordered_list style="tick"] HickoryOakPacific YewJuniper [/unordered_list] [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] Osage OrangeAshElmMulberry [/twocol_one_last] If you live in the land of hardwoods, you can see from the list that there is a bounty of woods from which to choose. Harvest Once you have decided which species you are going to use, you’ll need to find a specimen to harvest. The ideal beginner’s bow making stave will be straight and over four inches in diameter. Prepare the stave

How To Sharpen Tools: The Family Handyman Sharpening your tools Years ago, I drove by a storefront with a hand-painted plywood sign. It read “Tool Sharpening.” Curious, I gathered a boxful of dull old handsaws and circular saw blades in my garage and carried them up to the store with the hope of getting them sharpened. Inside I saw a lean old fellow with wisps of gray hair curling from the backside of an old hunting cap. A week later when I walked into the store, he asked me what my name was and started rummaging through a pile of bags and boxes. The next day I gathered my garden tools and brought them down to the same shop. A moment passed, then he looked me in the eye and said, “Why don’t you do it yourself?” That afternoon changed forever how I look at tools. Do It All with Three Simple Tools A Grinding Wheel, a Mill File and a Sharpening Stone You can sharpen most garden tools with a simple 10-in. mill bastard file (Photo 5). A grinding wheel (shown in Photo 4) is good only for removing larger amounts of steel. 1 of 7 2 of 7

Miwa Koizumi: PET project - plastic water bottles PET project / plastic water bottles / NEW Check out the new photography project. I am making archival digital prints of photographs of the PETs. NEW There is also a new set of images of the aquarium I built on display at Spring I love the idea of using liquid containers to make water animals. And I wanted some pets... plastic water bottles, 2005 installation view at sawaguzo at Redux close up floating creature San Pellegrino water bottle, 2005 close up jelly fish Volvic water bottle, 2005 close up sea floor Poland Spring heel, 2005 San Pellegrino water bottle, shadow of two Poland Spring creatures 2005 making of... I use a combination of heat guns, soldering irons and different cutting utensils to make these PETs. what is PET? PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is in fact very natural, it is made from oil, which comes from really old plants. upcoming: recent: Broadthinking /Unnatural Acts and other illicit thoughts about nature/ Jan. 2-15, 2009 Broadway Gallery Cool /Summer Invitational/ Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2008

Cream, chocolate and salted caramel tart Ingredients For the crust: 250 g all purpose flour (2 and 1/4 cups) 30 g powdered almonds (1/4 cup)150 g butter, cold, cut into cubes (1 stick + 1 tablespoon or 2/3 cup)80 g sugar (3/8 cup)1 egg1 pinch of salt1 pinch powdered vanilla For the salted caramel sauce: 70 g sugar (3/8 cup)70 ml heavy cream (1/4 cup)1 teaspoon butterpinch of salt For the chocolate cream: 500 ml heavy cream (2 cups)350 g dark chocolate (12 oz) For the whipped cream: 300 ml heavy cream, very cold (1 cup aprox)2 tablespoons sugarOptional: unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting Directions: Prepare the crust. Preparation time: 30 minute(s) Cooking time: 30 minute(s) Number of servings (yield): 16-18 Autora : Sandeea Cocina Google+

Country Living Grain Mill Review Rating: 6.8/ 10 (33 votes cast) Country Living Hand Grain Mill is one of the must have appliances for hand grain milling. Buy Country Living Hand Grain Mill on If you are looking for a short-term mill, the Countr Living Grain Mill shouldn’t be your choice because it has been designed to last a lifetime. It is a grain mill that can be passed down from one generation to another in near-perfect condition as if it was bought directly from the manufacturer. It features double industrial sealed bearings, carbon steel grinding plates, stainless steel shaft, and has a solid I-beam construction made of cast aircraft aluminum. The Countr Living Grain mill, a well made rugged mill, is manufactured specifically for those looking for the best available speed, durability, grind quality, and very long life in a simple and very easy-to-use mill that is cost efficient as it doesn’t rely on electricity. Some of the Notable features include:

no está disponible. Bertrand, an air whale made of garbage bags, by Matt Jones. 9 yummiest carousel birthday cakes you need | Top Yummy Cakes These 9 eye-catching and amazing cakes are so perfect that you couldn’t eat them, they are perfect for girls’ birthday party or carnival. I can’t even imagine trying to make these cakes. Could you dare to put a knife in these yummy cakes? 1. Absolutely gorgeous carousel cake 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Found these cakes on: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Flexural Strength for Industrial Coatings - PennCoat Inc. Blog Flexural Strength The next physical characteristic to fall under our gaze is flexural strength, which is simply resistance to bending along the sample’s axial plane — it is different from torsional, or twisting, strength. The standard flexural strength test for plastic materials, including coatings, paints and films, is ASTM D790. This test comes in three-point and four-point varieties, and simply applies pressure to the central region of a bendable sample. A Little Physics With the ends of the sample free to move and pressure applied to the center, the test machine forces a plastic sample to flex, or bend. The formula for flexural strength, σ, under a three-point load is equal to 3FL/2bd2, where: F = force at fracture pointL = support span lengthb = width of sampled = thickness of sample A related physical quantity is flexible modulus, E, the ratio of stress (force) to strain (deformation). Testing Flexural Strength The sample breaksThe sample deflects 5 percent

Making a Magic (Drinking Straw) Flute Maybe my kids are weird but both of them love using drinking straws. So we had all the supplies we needed on hand for this little craft – nine straws and some clear tape. When I told my son we were making a flute, he was super excited. Before we got crafty, we read a wonderful book. Before we got into the story, we went through the cast of characters on the opening few pages. With the book read, I asked my son to grab his ruler, scissors, nine straws, and some clear tape. The first straw was set aside; it required no cutting. Now my son laid a long piece of clear tape sticky side up on the table and lined the straws up longest to shortest, with the tops of each even with one another. It was time to play our ‘magical’ flute! After what seemed like an eternity, I was finally able to pull the flute away from my son long enough for him to write a little. “I would play it for my brother to make him fall asleep,” he wrote.

Pawcet outdoor hydration station by Tony Lytle With the touch of a paw, any pup can easily drink fresh drinking water via Pawcet. Pawcet is an easy-to-use outdoor hydration station that can be connected with any standard 5/8″ garden hose, easy to assemble and adjust. Designer: Tony Lytle