Steamers and #Nails #MondayRecommends

My bao didn’t steam properly* the other day, so I went looking for help. What a treasure I found!

I have definitely bookmarked MacGyverisms for further exploration, but right now I’m digging how to make your own multi-layer steamer.

I went to the Family Dollar Store and got masses of nail polish for about fifteen bucks. This shows a stamp on one nail, and an attempt at a gradient plus a reverse-gradient stamp on another one. I’m not very good, but I have fun.*

I didn’t like those, so I redid them. The stamped one has a Mega Shine topcoat, and the other ones are matte.

*That’s what she said.

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Steamers and #Nails #MondayRecommends

  1. Dan Antion

    January 20, 2020 at 10:10am

    Of course, I couldn’t look at the steamer without trying to improve it. I would add large pan washers under each nut to stabilize the pie pans. I would also use a long eye-bolt so it’s easier to pick up (that would require assembly from top down, but… I might even spring for a “Castle Nut” for the bottom to give it some feet and prevent some rocking. If you plan to reuse the assembly, periodically replacing the pans, I’d go with stainless hardware, but much on the expensive side.

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      Marian Allen

      January 20, 2020 at 10:22am

      I think all the hardware misses the point of “doesn’t take up much space, since I don’t use it often.” What I have in mind is much simpler. If I do it, I’ll post about it. That said, your version sounds much improved, indeed, on his.

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  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    January 20, 2020 at 1:34pm

    My husband spent an incredible amount of time fixing a coffeemaker he bought at the supermarket for $15. It turned out the thing had a fast throughput for coffee – because most of the water didn’t actually go through the grounds! And that was probably why the store had somehow acquired a load of these things.

    Anyway, he has now used his ‘improved’ device for about 15 years. So there.

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