Glass Candle Holder

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A Candle In A Glass

In a previous post – here – I told you that one of my nephews has been to a few sales with his father and bought the occasional box of bits and pieces with the idea to sort and sell on – I believe he has managed to sell on a few bits, but amongst what he’d got was an assortment of glassware, part sets of different types.  So now several of one type have worked their way over here for me to come up with suggestions on how he can craft some “added value” into them.

While a tree and tea light was added to one it was decided to turn the next one into a candle holder.

So I picked a gold coloured candle.

(Not a good picture as colour doesn’t look right).

And some glitter rub-ons (like the ones in this collection but I got them on their own).

I also got some Copper Kettle Gilding Flakes, put some glass glue inside the bottom of the glass, and then put a pinch of the flakes in.  This was used to hide where I’d be putting in molten wax to hold the candle in place.

I selected a strip of patterned glitter rub-on and 3 different butterfly ones.

I rubbed the strip around the top of the glass a little from the top and the butterflies were rubbed on around the middle of the glass

I thought the candle looked a little two tall for the glass so I cut off an inch from the bottom and put it in an empty little tin foil case that a cake came in.

This bit was heated until it melted and using a pliers I poured the melted wax into the bottom of the glass and pushed the candle in, holding it upright until the wax set.

And this is what the finished glass looks like.

I also made a box to present it in using acetate and ultra tacky tape.

Now my nephew wants to know how much such an item should be sold for – any ideas crafters?

(Glass – pennies!; Glue/tape – approx. 15p; Guilding Flakes – approx. 10p; Candle – approx. £1.60; Glitter Rub-ons – approx. ; Acetate – approx.  50p)

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One More Dreamcatcher

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One More Dreamcatcher

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I showed you the several Dream Catcher style wall hangings over the last month or so. (You can see the last post – here.)

Today I have another one to show you.

I still have plenty of the materials left so I stuck to the same white cotton yarn, together with a different sized metal hoops from the same pack for this one as well.

I rarely make any two items the same even when using the same materials so this Dreamcatcher is not woven/knotted the same way as previous ones.

I also made the tasstles in clusters, with the cluster lengths going from long to short from left to right.

Here’s what I’ve made.

I think I asked this question previously – Any idea what I should charge if I do decide to sell some?

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Another Tree

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Tree In A Glass

After I showed you the second, boxed, tree in my blog post of the 31st October – here – I decided to make something similar but presented in a different way.

One of my nephews has been to a few sales with his father and bought the occasional box of bits and pieces.  His idea is to sort and sell on – I believe he has managed to sell on a few bits, but amongst what he’d got was an assortment of glassware, part sets of different type.  And as part sets he wasn’t going to be able to persuade anybody to buy any of them (unless he found somebody with the same glassware who wanted to replace broken ones that they had) so he is looking for ways to give “added value” to some of the glassware to make them into ornaments, candle holders, etc., and then try to sell them.

And of course that meant bringing 5 of them over to me to see what ideas I could come up with.

So – tree in a glass anyone!?

Of course, the tree is much smaller than the previous ones in the display box, but it is made in a similar way.

I cut lengths of 0.5mm coloured copper wire about 6″ long, threaded clear, silver lined, seed beads to the middle, folded the wire back on itself and twisted it a few times by the bead.

I then twisted the single bead branches with another, and worked together clusters until I had the whole lot twisted together to form the trunk of the tree.  I kept on holding it up against the glass to guage width and height, although of course the “branches” could be bent in any way to fit inside.

I separated out the wire ends and twisted them into roots.

I wrapped them around a stone.

The roots were attached to the bottom of the stone with hot glue.

I used a small bit of glue to put some Yorkshire Dales Gilding Flakes inside the bottom of the glass.  I then used Pinflair Glue gel to attach the stone to the bottom of the glass, leaving it set before doing any other work on the creation.

I then set about making a “lid” for the glass.  The purpous of the lid was to hold a battery operated tealight upside down so that the light would shine onto the top of the tree.

I worked in ScanNCut Canvas to create the pieces needed.  A circle just the same size as the glass top and a circle just a fraction larger than the outside of the rim of the glass top.  Then strips of cardstock long enough to go round each circle, around 2.75cm deep, with a score line some 1cm from the side and snipped into the score line.

Once cut out, I used the side of a table to start a curve in the paper strip to make it easier to put around the circle.  I folded over the snipped pieces and stuck them around the circle using another Pinflair glue.  This was done for both sizes of circles.  Once done I checked that the smaller size just fit over the top of the glass and then put a hole in the center for the bulb of the tealight to go through. I then put the second “cap on over the top”.

I decided it didn’t look right with a white lid so painted the two caps with copper paint and left them to dry before re-constructing.

I also made a perspex box to present it in.

Now my nephew wants to know how much such an item should be sold for – any ideas crafters?

(Tealight – approx. 43p; Wire – approx. 42p; Cardstock – approx. 30p; Beads – approx. 2p; Glue and Tape – approx. 10p; Glass – pennies! Acetate – approx. 35p)

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Second Basket Woven With Sock Yarn

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A Basket And Some Fridge Magnets

I showed you the first basket I wove with sock yarn in my post – here.

I’d bought two pre drilled, round, basket bases at the same time, together with enough sticks to glue in the holes to make a second basket framework. I wanted to make the 2nd one a bit different looking, but still wanted to use up more of the balls of sock yarn I’d started using for the first basket.

I still wanted to work with four yarns at the same time, so this time I took the two balls of brighter yarn and pulled the yarn from the center and the outside of each to begin weaving them together as a cluster together.

This is what the part with 4 threads of the brighter yarn woven together onto the framework.

Once I came to the end of the two brighter balls of yarn I took the grey balls of yarn and took the end from the outside and the end from the inside of each ball, to give me four ends to tie in and finish weaving to the top of the canes.

This is a closeup of the grey part.

I stopped weaving just a little before the top to allow me to work on the fineals.

I decided this time to do something different for the tops of the canes.

One of my young nephews saved up to buy himself a 3D printer. (More about that in future posts as he wants me to blog about that, with his input, once we get the photos we’ve both taken collected together.) One of the things he’s downloaded and printed out for me are a variety of fridge magnets, and amongst those are different cone type ones with a ball shape on top (Thingiverse Cone Fridge Magnetsby Carsten4P). I reconned that these would make great tops to my basket canes and they come pre designed with a hole in the base to glue in a magnet – which I thought would make them perfect for sticking onto the canes.

I first printed out one of each type in white (that just happened to be the colour of the fillament he had in at the time) and showed them to my mother, together with the basket, for her input on which one I should use.

She liked the one with the straight sides before the taper best. But the cones were slightly too big I thought.

So we printed out a batch of them, at 90% size, this time in black fillament to go with the project.

Once removed off the “raft” I heated up my glue gun.

I half filled the recess in each cone with hot glue and put it on top of a cane, holding it until the glue had cooled and set, which didn’t take long for each one.

Once I’d gone all the way round with the cones I finished weaving the yarn to the top.

To hold the top yarn in place, to stop the small risk of a yarn jumping over the stopper cones, I gently pulled the top yarns down and put a blob of hot glue on the cane.

And then I lifted the yarn back into place so that it stuck firmly to the cane.

And this is what the basket looks like when complete.

Now of course I wasn’t going to let my two test ones in white go to waste, so while my glue gun was still hot I put a blob in each and pushed in a magnet.

And up they went on the fridge.

The pen holder magnet and the two flip-flop ones were previously printed out by my nephew, but as I said in the begining of this post, I’ll be doing a post or two with my nephew about his 3D printing in the future.

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So that’s another creation ready for Christmas.  I’ve now got to collect together a few goodies to put in it.

 

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Another Boxed Tree

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Another Boxed Tree

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In my blog post a few days ago – here – I showed you a wire work tree in a display box I’d created.  I also said that when my mother saw my first one she immediately asked if she could buy it from me, and asked me to make her a second.

I made the tree and display box the same way as previously, the only difference being that I used Amazonite semi precious bead chips instead of Ruby Zoisite ones. And not all the cardstock were exactly the same colours as used for the first one.

I won’t go through all the steps to create it again, just tell you to have a look at my previous post if you want more info.

I don’t think I’ve quite captured the colous correctly in the following photos.  The light wasn’t the same as previously I don’t thknk. But the following photos show you the finished item.

Looking onto the display box before putting on the lid.

Side view.

Front view.

Other side view.

Looking from the top with lights on. You can just see the lights shining to see their spacing.

Front with lights on.

 

 

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More Dream Catcher Style Wall Hangings

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Dreamcatchers

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I showed you the first Dream Catcher style wall hanging I made a week or so ago.  You can see it – here.

Sticking to the same white cotton yarn, together with different sized metal hoops from the same packs, I then made a few more.

I did give you a sneaky peak of these before – here, but I’ve now finished making them.

Each is slightly different, and I also added clear and white seed beads and faux pearls as well to one, keeping to the white look.

Here are what I’ve made.

For this one I used one of the largest rings from the pack.  I started this time by wrapping the cotton yarn all the way around the ring. Where I finished and started I tied it off and created a loop for hanging. I then proceeded to wrap the yarn from side to side sround the covered hoop, but wrapping each time off center so that I was left with a clear area in the middle.

I then proceded to work my way around the hoop, knotting the yarn as I did so, and stepping in a bit for each row, until the whole thing had an interesting pattern on it.

I then made dome tassles by wrapping the white cotton yarn atound my hand and tieing off before cutting and removing.  This time I cut the tastles straight across the bottom, rather than at an angle as I did for the previous one.  These were hung from the bottom of the hoop.

I then took some white cotten thread and proceeded to sew on some clear, silver lined, seed beads around the central hole and in a circle a bit further in.

I tied a knot at the bottom of each end of the yarn that was holding the tassles in place and used the thread to sew a couple of white faux pearls and some seed beads to each knot.  I finished by opening out the ends of the yarn.

And this is what it looks like when finished.

For the next one I took two rings from the pack of rings. I put them together so that they were touching at one point and started to wrap the same cotton yarn as I had used previously around both.

I did this for about an inch and a half until the gap between them got a bit much before continuing to wrap the yarn all the way around the largest ring.  When I got back to where I had started I wrapped a few more times over both rings before going all the way around the second ring.

I then built up a pattern by weaving between both wrapped rings

and then knotting a bit until I had a hanging that looked a bit like a new moon.

Rather than make tastles for this hanging I decided that it would be a moon and stars hanging. So I took 5 pre cut and drilled, wooden star shapes and painted them with white acrylic paint.  Before the paint was dry I sprinkled on some Nuvo Sparkle Dust – Snow Glow.

I did the same on the other side.

To attach the stars to the bottom of the moon I used some fine, white, tigertail, beading wire held in place with crimp beads.

I think this picture shows the glitter on the stars better.

And here is the finished creation.

I have one more of this type of creation on the go, and might even make some more. Keep an eye out for future posts about them.

Some are earmarked as gifts for specific people, but if I make more I may have some to sell. Any idea what I should charge if I do decide to sell some?

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More Wire Work And Semi Precious Stones

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Wire Work Trees

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Having showed you two slightly different Tree Of Life style wall hangings previously – here and here – this time I have another one that is similar, but smaller, and possibly more suitable for hanging in a window as a sun catcher.

I used another hoop from the packs of metal rings I’d bought, this time one of around 3″ inner diameter. I used silver coloured 28 guage wire and clear, silver lined, seed beads. I also used some thicker silver coloured beading wire from the same pack as previous trees.

As with my previous Tree of Life style wall hangings, I cut lengths of the thin wire.  These were put in a bundle together and twisted together to form the trunk of the tree. I then twisted smaller number of threads together to form roots which were then wrapped around the bottom of the ring, separating the twisted clusters out a bit.

For the branches I twisted small numbers of wire threads together, shapeing them, and then splitting out each wire thread.  I then started adding the seed beads one at a time, twisting the wire around some of the beads to keep them in place, before twisting each wire end individually around the metal ring.

The piece was finished off by winding around the whole ring using the thicker wire, including makeing a loop.

I also made a small box from 300gsm mottled cardstock to present it in.

I’m going to add some tissue paper for it to lie in.

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For the standing tree, in a display case, I took a real of 0.5mm coloured copper wire and cut it into lots of lengths of about 15″.  As I was putting together the tree I realised that I hadn’t cut enough so had to go back and cut some more. I’m afraid that I have no idea how many I cut, I just went for fow many I thought looked right in the end.

I then took a string of Ruby Zoisite semi precious stone chips and threaded one onto the centre of each length of wire and twisted about an inch so that the stones were held in place.

The next step was to take a couple of the twisted wires and twist them together. Then adding another twisted wire, and making a good handful of “branches” with two or three stones on them.

It was then a case of twisting two of the branches together until I had several of those, and finishing off by twisting the larger branches together to make the tree “trunk”.

Which left me with lots of dangling single wires coming out the bottom which I separated out onto small clusters and twisted to make the “roots”. These I wrapped around a stone.

For the display case I took an A3 sheet of construction weight Acetate and cut out three panels, for two sides and the front.

I took several sheets of A4 cardstock from my stash, which included a sheet of pale blue, mottled looking cardstock, and several sheets of Adorable Scorable in a variety of colours.

I chose a dark breen card for making the inside of the base, into which I cut a small hole so the stone with roots would be dropped to give to more stability.  A very pale green was chosen for the outside base.  The mottled light blue was cut as a background to the back of the display box and a sheet of white Adorable Scorable was cut the same size to form the outside of the back. A very pale blue Adorable Scorable was used to make the top and the two corner posts.

After cutting out and scoring the pieces where necesary I used the red lined, ultra tacky, double sided tape to secure the corners of the inside and outside base, as well as the top.  The inside base was dropped into the outside base. The same tape was used to secure the tabs on the side acetate panels to the back panels, sandwiching the acetate tabs between the inside and outside back panels.

The next step was to attach the corner pieces to the front edge of both side panels before putting tape on the other side of both panels and attaching the front acetate to one.

I then heated up my hot glue gun, used wire cutters to chop off some of the wire ends so that there was only about 1 cm of each “root” wrapped under to the bottom of the stone rather than the mess of wire.

I then hot glued the roots underneath the stone, put extra glue underneath, and dropped the stone into the hole in the inside base so that it stuck to the inside of the outside base. This gives the tree extra stability. (If the tree isn’t going to be placed in a display box then extra glue can still be put on the bottom of the stone to level out the humps and bumps of the stone and wrapped around wire. Put it either on a piece of card it can be left on, or put it on a silicone, or similar, mat that can be pealed off.)

I then eased the sides of the display box into place and, after checking that everything was fitting right I peeled off the final piece of red liner backing and stuck the last corner in place.

I held the outside base sides slightly away from the acetate to drizzle some hot glue in before pushing the sides back in until secure.

I then used glue dots to attach a string of lights inside the lid, keeping them a little inside the outer edge so they wouldn’t be in the way when the lid was put on, and keeping the on/off switch/battery pack outside with a bit of wiring.

I also put a nick in the top corner of the back where the wireing was going in under the lid.

Then it was simply a case of poping the lid on and using some more sticky dots to hold the battery pack switch to the back out of sight.

Then a final look around my creation

… before turning on the lights.

The actual lights are not visible unless you go down a bit and look up.

As soon as she saw this one my mother asked whether I was going to sell it, and if so, would I make another one as she wanted to give them as gifts to two people.

So I’m working on a second one now.

I’d like to ask you all what do you think I should be charging for this. Obviously Mam will be getting Mates and Family Rates, but if I make more, what will be a fair price to charge. (Display box is 6″ top to bottom and 6.5″ across the front)

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Wall Hangings

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Wall Hangings

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Having pulled out some stuff to make the item for my swap partner over on the Chronic Crafters! Facebook group – you can find the group here and my previous post here – I decided to make a few other ones in various styles before packing the makeings away again.

For the first one I’m going to show you I chose to make a Dreamcatcher style hanging.  It doesn’t have the hole in the middle, that I understand that traditionally is there for the nice dreams to drop through, but I though I’d just go completely “my style” of knotting rather than following any pattern or try copying anything I’ve seen.

It is simply made using a 19cm metal ring and white cotton yarn.

Other than a pair of scissors I didn’t use anything else to make this.

I wound and knotted the yarn around and through the ring to make the web.  Then wound more yarn around the ring to cover and hide it, finishing off the main piece by knotting a loop on the top for it to hang.

To make the tassles I wound some yarn round four fingers of my hand, slipped a piece of cut yarn through it along my palm and tied it off to make the hanging piece.  I then took it off my fingers, wrapped a piece of yarn around the whole lot near the already tied piece and tied that in place.  I finished off by cutting open the bottom of the tassle and then cutting it at an angle – I didn’t want a straight bottomed tassle, I wanted a different look.

And this is what the finished wall hanging looks like.

I then decided to make another wall hanging in the same “Tree of Life” style hanging as I made previously for the swap I mentioned further up this post.

I went a bit bigger this time and used a ring that was one size larger than the previous tree. Around 6 rather than 5 inches in diameter.

Once again I picked out some beading wire – this time of gold and silver, and the same pack of Amazonite semi precious stones chips, and followed the same method as previously to make the wall hanging.

And I domed the tree canopy a little again this time.

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With yarn, metal hoops, wire and Amazonite chips still left over I will be makeing more of these types of wall hangings.  I think that they will make great little gifts for Christmas or birthdays, or even things to sell or for me to donate as raffle prizes.  Keep an eye out for more blog posts as I create more variations over the next month or so.

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Chocolate Pumpkins

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Chocolate Pumpkins And Icing Carrots

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I book my slot for a Tesco delivery every Saturday morning a week in advance, sometimes more, and usually drop in an assortment of stuff I usually buy at the time of booking.  I sometimes also have a look at the special offers to see if there are any special offers that Mam or I fancy. Mam and I then go through the list Friday afternoon to remove anything from my basket that isn’t needed and adding anything that’s run out since I booked the order.

Whilst having a look around the Tesco app last week I spotted that Chocolate oranges were on offer – down to £1 each. Well I put half a dozen straight into my basket because I had an idea – not to put to one side for Christmas, but to use for halloween!

I had some red, yellow and green icing in the house from the previous week when I was going to use them to decorate carrot cupcakes, but I had been way to exhausted by the time the Tesco delivery arrived (the big storm had caused floods and downed trees on route) to think of cooking last weekend. I thought that I could use the icing to make “stalks” for the chocolate oranges to turn them into pumpkins, as well as make some icing carrots to decorate the plate.

Funny thing is, online last week I saw that somebody else had had the same idea to turn a chocolate orange into a pumpkin, but they had used a green pipe cleaner for the stalk and had added a green calix. I can’t remember now whose work it was.

So, with the two youngest nephews here again at the weekend I put a plate in the middle of the table, put out a chocolate orange each together with red, yellow and green ready to roll icing, knives, scissors, and some sticky back plastic sheets that I use to make peeloffs in my electronic cutting machine, and we all set about decorating.

The two boys and I decorated one each and then I quickly decorated one extra for Mam.

We mixed some red icing into the yellow to make orange icing (no orange icing available to buy when I ordered so mixed our own).

The carrots were made by takeing a lump of orange icing. Shapeing into a rough cone shape and makeing a depression in the top.  We then took a small piece of green icing and shaped a much smaller cone. This was put into the depression at the top of the “carrot” and the top of the orange closed around it.  Using a knife or scissors we tyen cut into the green top of the “carrot tops” to five it a broken leaf expect. The cartots were then finished by using the back of a knife to make some marks sown the sides.

A piece or orange icing was again cut off and a cylinder was made from it.  This was then put on top of the chocolate orange and squashed out a little to make it stay in place before adding some marks for texture down the sibdes and giving the top a bit of a tweak so it wasn’t completely upright.

We then cut out bits of sticky backed plastic to make the “face”.

 

And this is what we landed up with.

My first one.

Eldest of two young nephews chose to do a face based on a Minecraft character.

His brother went for a similar face to mine.

And my last, quick, one at the end.

All on the plate together for the icing to dry off a bit before Halloween.

Mind you, I’ll be very surprized if everything is still on the plate come Halloween.

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Basket Woven With Sock Yarn

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In my post of the 12th – here -I told you I was doing a bit of “basket weaving”

Quite some time ago I’d bought a big pack of assorted yarns.  Very reasonably priced as there were only small numbers of each yarn lot left with the seller.  Can’t remember how much I paid or which company I bought them from now.

I’ve used many of the yarns making baby quilts, scarves, etc., but amongst the mixture were some balls of very thin sock yearns.  There was a time I’d have used them for knitting socks as intended, but those days are gone.  That type of work is too fiddly and time consuming for me to think of tackling at the moment.

Then, at sale prices I saw the pre-drilled circular pieces of wood for using as the bases for basket weaving, as well as the sticks to go in the holes.  If I remember rightly enough for this project came to under £3.  I decided that I would use the sock yarn to weave around with, putting 4 strands, 2 of a mixed grey colour and 2 of a mixed brighter colour, together – no way I was going to do it one strand at a time!  I figured mixing the colours would give a nice texture and colour that would be reasonably neutral and fit in with any decour as just a container.

I used two of each of these together for my first attempt.

It produced lots of interesting graduations in colours.

I decided that something needed to be put at the top of each cane, not only to stop the yarn coming off over the top but also to make the top of the canes safer.  So I stopped weaving a few inches from the top to work on the “stopper” fineals.

I decided to cut strips of 260gsm cardstock to 1cm width, put a little glue on one side of each, and wrap round the top of each cane as a sort of paper bead.

After the glue had dried on these, and tgey were very hard I decided to colour them with black acrylic paint. Didn’t matter that some of the paint went down the canes as I was brushing it on the underneath of the paper beads because of course the canes would have more yarn wound to the top before finishing.

I had to wait again fir a bit to allow the paint to dry before finishing the weaving the rest of the way.  I finished by cutting off the yarn a little way from the end, threading on a bodkin needle and knotting the yarn around the top layer a few times before pulling the end down through the weave, out through the side, and cutting the end so it hid away.

This is what it looks like when finished.

The finished item is around 12″ high. I’m going to put a few goodies in it and give it as a sort of hamper for Christmas, but it could be used to hold cotton wool balls in the bathroom, a small wastebasket, or even dried grasses or flowers in front of an empty fire grate in the summer.

I have  second set of basket bottom and canes, so keep an eye out for similar one appearing in a blog post in the next few weeks.

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