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Posted by Lauren  on June 18, 2002 at 21:51:06:

In reply to: cone rolling techniques or tips would be really helpful right about now posted by Alissa on June 18, 2002 at 20:35:03:

I've bought some mylar but haven't used it yet. It looks too flimsy
but we'll see. You can also use heavy-duty freezer bags, quart size
is good, or I've been using the same polypropylene bags I package my
henna in. With either bag option, just cut around all the edges. I
use a rectangle shape instead of the triangle but the method is the
same. Pick a point on the long side at about center of the side as
your point and fold either end toward it and overlap so thatyou have
a basic cone shape. If you hold it pinched with thumb on inside and
fingers on outside, you can manipulate the hole smaller or larger by
moving your thumb in or out of the cone. Get it just right, then
remember you forgot to get the tape ready and drop it, curse, and
find a convenient wall, TV remote, or small child to stick a couple
of 1" pieces of tape to. Most people skip this step, but I find it
essential :) Then reroll the cone and as soon as you get the hole
right, pounce on it with some tape. First tape down the corner of
the plastic on the outside of the cone, then use a smaller piece of
tape very close to the hole to secure it. Then tape the rest of the
outside seam in a valiant but ultimately futile attempt to keep it
from leaking. Fill with henna to about an inch or a bit more from
the top. Stick a colored-ball head pin in the hole. Gently flatten
the empty bit above the henna. Fold the corners in toward the center
of the empty part then roll/fold down the rest until it's against the
henna-full part.
Always make at least two of these at a time. They don't hold a lot
of henna and you may run out, and I'd say one in four or five will
have the hole roll up closed so it's unuseable. Keeping the pin in
the hole when it's not in use definitely helps with that.


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