Easy Tinfoil Crafts and Beauty Hacks

DIY hacks have gotten increasingly popular over the past few decades for several reasons. The first is that they are affordable and they are also very fun to try. If you’re currently in quarantine like most of the world with nowhere to go and very little to do, you should try your hands at some of these crafts.

The main item you’ll need is tinfoil (also called aluminium foil), which is easily accessible and very affordable. We’re going to dabble in some tinfoil crafts, general hacks, and then some beauty hacks. Keep reading to learn more!

8 Tinfoil Crafts and Hacks

  1. Sealing plastic bags – All you need is the plastic bag you want to seal, an iron, and a strip of tin foil. You fold the opening of the bag then cover it with tin foil paper. Make sure that your tinfoil properly covers the top of the folded plastic bag. Once this is done, you put an iron over it.
  1. Keep bananas from ripening – If you’re trying to preserve some bananas, then this tip is for you. Wrap tinfoil around the stem of the bananas, and this will keep them from ripening too quickly.
  1. Iron both sides of your cloth at once – If you place aluminium foil underneath the ironing pad, it’ll get rid of wrinkles faster however to get both sides smooth at once, fold your garment into two equal parts, and place the foil in between them. Then you iron.
  1. Make a funnel – Now we’re on to the tinfoil crafts. You can make a funnel with tin foil. This is a craft that is both fun and useful. You can use this when you want to transfer greasy items like oil. This saves you time because you don’t have to worry about cleaning up an actual funnel.
  1. Make some pendants – The traditional item for DIY beads is usually beads or in some cases rubber bands; however, you can use tinfoil to create really cool pendants. You’ll need tin foil, tissue, scissors, and some paint. For more in-depth instructions go here or here.
  1. Sculptures – Another tinfoil craft you can dabble in is sculpture. Due to the malleable texture of tinfoil, you can make tinfoil crowns, robots, people, or even landscapes if you have the patience. All you need is tinfoil, sharpies, paint, and your imagination.
  1. Make cookie cutters – If you’re not the best at tinfoil crafts, try this one out. It’s really easy and it doesn’t need to be perfect. After all, cookies come in all shapes and sizes. Follow these instructions and let us know how it goes.
  1. Whiten your teeth – We promised to share some beauty hacks so here they are. If you haven’t seen a YouTube video on this before, pay attention because it actually works. You need baking soda, your usual toothpaste, and tinfoil paper. The first thing to do is mix some baking soda with your usual toothpaste in a little bowl. Then you spread it across the tinfoil paper. Then you wrap the tinfoil paper around your teeth as you would apply a whitening strip. When you’re done it should look like a tinfoil version of Invisalign. Leave it on for an hour then take it off and rinse your mouth. Take before and after pictures so you can document the difference.

Tinfoil crafts are very fun to do, because they can be entertaining and useful at the same time. If you tried out any of these tinfoil hacks be sure to let us know how it turned out. Thanks for reading!

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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