Kree Kones and their Kin

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on October 23, 2002 at 18:08:45:

In reply to: Re: Carrot Bags posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 23, 2002 at 16:26:07:

I also have never been able to get the hang of carrot bags. The
ribbon-shaped paste is weird for me, and the floppiness of the bag, as
well as the way it's sealed at the top - nein danke!
If you search the archives, you'll see my description of "Kree Kones"
(just search for Kree Kones - we call them that after Kree of Gilded
Lilies, my henna "Maitresse" who invented them)
I use either the Marpol tips or an even finer British-made one, much
better machined but about $4 each (at least in Manhattan). That's the
downside, that and making them (absolutely NO bubbles in your
tape, and only the finest tape will do). The upside is they last
For-EVER. They're not twitchy, shouldn't leak, and if you clean 'em
well can last for years, especially if you have good plastic in your
bag. I find that leaving my cones sit with henna in them (terps?)
seems to degrade certain kinds of plastic (after 6 mos or so) and if
they are badly made they degrade the tape as well (your tape should
not be in contact with your paste - at least the way Kree makes 'em,
I'm much clumsier) Also, closing them with twistties I find is very
user-friendly, and keeps a nice pressure on the paste for ease of
squeezing. It is hard to find nice twistties these days but I like
the foil ones. They have to be strong but not so thin they cut into
the bag.
I don't know how Catherine is attaching the tips to the cones. It
looks like tape. I wonder if she's using heat to melt the tape a
*bit* - you can do this but have to be VERY careful. Also, CCJ, have
you had yours last a long time? Do you clean them with the teenytiny
brushes? I find this helps prevent rust...
email me for any other questions about these tools; I have a "rant"

good luck



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