25 Alternative Olive Oil Uses

by Chris Gardner

There are many olive oil uses beyond what you might normally think of (cooking!). It's an incredibly versatile substance that you can put to good use in a lot of interesting situations. Here's how ... 

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Nutritionists will continue to tout olive oil for its high content of healthful, monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid, and polyphenols. The fruit oil practically propelled the entire Western world in antiquity, and is mentioned in nearly every sacred text this side of the Tigris and Euphrates.   

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The Oil Drum Rocker.

by Chris Gardner

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A twist on the 55-gallon drum chair design (see below), this oil drum rocking chair from Stanker Collections, "actually connect the form of the drum and the function of the chair in a rational way." And I'm digging on the orange.

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Via and Quote.

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Make an Oil Burning Light Bulb Lamp

by DIY Maven

Make an Oil Burning Light Bulb Lamp

Bumpus at instructables set out to do a DIY version of a fancy designer–aka ridiculously expensive–light bulb lamp. Using seemingly odds and ends that included ‘a clean light bulb, a shoe lace, a metal bottle cap, a rather large washer/spacer, [and] two little magnets’ he accomplished this feat admirably. Delicate, yes. Leave it unattended, never. Clever, absolutely. Via.

The $650 for a set of two fancy designer model.

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Make your own SUPER lubricant!

by DIY Maven

Make your own SUPER lubricant!


First, it’s not that kind of lubricant. It’s the kind you use on things like squeaky hinges, drill bits and fire arms. This recipe comes from my friend Don, who has christened it as ‘the best [oil] you will ever use’, and if Don says it’s so, it’s so. Believe me. What makes it special is that unlike most lubricants it isn’t too thick or too thin. Simply put, it works and it lasts. The recipe is an adaptation of the Marine Corps Armorers’; it...

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Thirteen Remarkable Uses for No-Stick Cooking Spray.

by Chris Gardner

No-stick cooking spray reduces calories, sticking, and scrubbing. Apparently, it can also ease at least thirteen other areas of your life.

Thirteen Remarkable Uses for No-Stick Cooking Spray.

  1. Reduce grime and bulidup on your vehicle wheels
  2. Brighten and shine your automobiles grill, and prevent bugs from sticking
  3. Lubricate your keys to open a stuck lock
  4. Prevent your mailbox from freezing
  5. Stop wax from sticking to candlesticks
  6. Remove soap scum
  7. Spray a putty knife before scraping to ease clean up
  8. ...

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Rethinking Stencils with Anna Wulick

by DIY Maven

Rethinking Stencils with Anna Wulick

If when you hear the word ‘stencil’, you think of graphic wall designs, you may want to take a look at the artwork of Anna Wulick. Selling on her Etsy shop as forty-two roads, Anna creates stencils rendered from photographs. She then uses the stencils to create portraits in oil or in mixed media collages. Recently, I posed a few questions to Anna so we might all get to know her and her work a little better.

When did your interest in using stencils to produce portraits start? (What was the impetus?)

The original inspiration for these came from a photograph I took of my daughter when she was about a year old sitting still with her eyes closed (that became the picture that's in my Etsy store). I was so fascinated by the perfect symmetry of her face and it just occurred to me that a great way to capture that specific aspect of the picture would be a stencil - a form that reduces complex structures into their most basic shapes. It would eliminate extraneous detail and distraction, and just force the symmetry issue, as it were. What's really interesting about stencils is the way they work with our eyes' and brains' need to find patterns in the things we look at, to complete incomplete images with our own extrapolation. So we are able to imagine the detail back into stencils which have been made on purpose to take the detail out.

What materials do you use to make your stencils? Can you explain the process for those of us who have considered making our own stencils?

I'd rather not totally reveal the process I use; but to give some sense of what I do - initially I use Photoshop to render a stencil from a photograph. The tools for this vary widely from photo to photo, depending on the colors, clarity, depth, and lighting conditions. Suffice it to say that some photos can be rendered in 15 minutes, while others require almost a pixel by pixel approach. Just as an aside, the easiest pictures are those taken without a flash, outside, in indirect light. I then transfer the stencil to freezer paper, and then use oil paints and a palette knife to do the actual painting. It's pretty painstaking and it helps that I a little OCD :)

You create portraits in oils as well as mixed media collages; do you prefer one technique to the other? How long does it take you to create a portrait?

I don't know that either one is my favorite. They each pose different challenges both in terms of the logistics of execution and in design and layout. Each portrait takes between 4 and 5 hours, I'd say (though of course the oils actually take about two weeks, since the paint has to dry before they can be mailed). I really love working with oils; there is something about the texture of the paint that is soothing and rich to touch and look at. The collages allow me to work with found papers which I also really love. It's really fun to work on a small scale and see tiny pieces of paper transform the image dramatically.

What's on the horizon for you creatively? (Any new projects in the works?)

Good question! I am now thinking of returning to the series of fantastical map/travel paintings that I did and working more with that idea. Here are some of the older ones: The Distance Between Us and Welcome to My Underground Lair. At the same time, since I actually do a lot of very disparate crafting, I am thinking of putting some sewn items into the shop. For now I'm just trying to keep up with a toddler, my dissertation, and these portraits!

So there you have it, another talented–and inspiring–Curbly artist. For more information about Anna and her work, visit her blog. And if you are or know an artist, crafter, woodworker or designer who would like to be featured on Curbly, please contact tips@curbly.com.  

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How To Remove Oil Stains from Clothing and Fabric.

by Chris Gardner
How To Remove Oil Stains from Clothing and Fabric.

Somehow, in the gravy making marathon of Thanksgiving 2007, I got splattered with a bit of olive oil. I feared not, however, for I knew there were good tidings of a great DIY solution.

1.Simply lay out your clothing on a flat surface where it won't be disturbed.

 

2.Liberally sprinkle baby powder onto the spot. 

 

3. Allow it to sit for 24 hours. Shake clean, or use masking tape to remove the powder. If the stain is still present, simply repeat the...

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