Finally decided to organize my DIY Flavor bottles.

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  1. Sonar505

    Sonar505 Silver Contributor Member For 3 Years Modder

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    Recently thanks to the people on this forum discovered FA flavors. So placed an order for 33 FA flavor samples from eliquid mart then after trying them and finding more recipes I wanted to try. Placed and received a 2nd order of 35 bottles. For me It became a pain in the ass to try and find the individual flavor. Pick up read no!,Pick up read No!, etc, or worse take all out the box and play dominoes with them while on the table. I decided there had to be a better way and set out to make one.

    I don't know if you are anything like me but this is what my DIY shelf looked like before.

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    And this is what it looks like now!


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    I made It to accommodate the FA flavors I have now and allow for future growth. I was also able to put them in Alphabetical order and read the flavor name for easy location. (Added benefit Lorann's 1 dram bottles also fit)


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    Over the past few years I had also accumulated quite a few wizard lab samples (which are even better at mimicking dominoes). And since I plan to continue to use them either individually or in combination with FA. I decided to make one for them.


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    Here is how it looks like now when I mix a eliquid recipe. I have the wide mouth jars for my NIC,VG, PG, and Premixed Base. (easier to get the last little bit and no tipping).


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    And here is a pic of the final results.


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    Both racks are hinged (makes them more stable when opened) and have a latch to keep closed when put away.

    Thanks for reading. Hope you like.
     
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    Ld3441 Silver Contributor Member For 3 Years

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    Wow, that is awesome! Did you make these shelves yourself?
     
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    dude thats awesome
     
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    That is really cool, hate trying to find the flavor out of a tub.
     
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    Sonar505 Silver Contributor Member For 3 Years Modder

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    Glad you all liked them Thanks. Yes I made them myself. Right now taking them for a spin and mixing up quite a few new to me recipes thanks to all you posters.
     
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    Ld3441 Silver Contributor Member For 3 Years

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    Want to make more? I bet you would have LOTS of buyers. I'd be first in line. :p
     
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    Wow, thats impressive , never seen so many before in my life . I got to come up with something like this for my collection , that would be "nine" total flavors at the moment. I know , i know , a little slow but i was just starting out .

    I'm now moving along at a breakneck pace though and typically acquire 'one' and sometimes as many as 'two' sample flavor's in the 'one dram' size per month , sure i should probably slow down but you only live once.
     
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    Yea I have been thinking about it. Trying to decide if it would be cost effective to make and ship. Not sure of a price point tho. Any ideas on what would be acceptable to you?
     
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    I really don't know the time involved but absolutely love it and would love to have 2 of them myself.
    When you come up with a price, let me know. Seriously!
     
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    Thanks . As for your breakneck pace that's the way I did it also at first. But it does tend to accelerate the farther along you go. When you start to find flavors or brands you really like plus you start rationalizing ordering enough to get free shipping.:)
     
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    I'd be very interested. If you decide on a price and everything, PM me. These are really nice, Sonar!
     
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    Nice work Sonar. You inspire me to get my diy stuff more organized too. I'll be keeping an eye out for your price point too if you decide to make some to sell.
     
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    Very nice job!

    Have Fun in the Laboratory!!!
     
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    Hey "Ping Jockey"... When were you in our Navy?

    Here is my approach to DIY organizing. (Still under construction.)
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    I went through boot camp in 1984. (A lifetime ago) Since you know about Ping Jockey what were you a twidget, black gang, deck ape?

    By the way I like how yours is coming along. How did you get such perfect hole's in Styrofoam without them collapsing in or drill slipping together?
     
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    How about boot camp in 1964! Originally a Missile Tech. Became a Fire Control Tech - Missiles (FTM). Got out in 1973...

    There is no easy way to cut a neat hole in Styrofoam. I searched many areas and found no ready tool. So, like a good sailor, I had to make my own tools.

    This homemade tool started life as a $4.00 Rayovac flashlight and a plumbing PVC "T" connector at Walmart. I selected this primarily based on hole diameter. I had to sharpen the edge with an emery board (sandpaper). Then I found that if I cut a few "teeth" in the end, it would easily twist right through the foam board. But, now it is filled with the plugs. Used a dime and a motel ball point pen to make the plug "pusher-outer" device.
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    Originally started with a part of an atty...
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    I think I need to make smaller pics...
     
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    I like being able to see the detail, Rowdy. :)
     
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    Shhhhhhh...Don't tell nobody...I'm releasing top secret pictures of my next attempt to organize the bottles inside the drawers... Project is in it's early stages.
    This is a silicon rubber like substance I made from VG (yes, the stuff we vape) and unflavored gelatine from the grocery store. (Initial mix ratio - ½ cup pg + ½ cup powdered gelatine + ¼ cup plain water.) Mix thoroughly as you heat it to about 150°F, stirring almost constantly. When the mixture is smooth (no granules of gelatine left,) and hot, it is ready to be poured into the mold. (I used 20 second bursts in the microwave...)
    <<<edit to correct this to Vegetable Glycerin >>>>
    The beauty of this is that it is cheaper than silicon and reusable!!! If you don't like what you have, just remelt it!!!

    Next, I'll try food coloring.

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    If you decide not to make them as a side line, would you consider selling the plans? Interested!!
     
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    I think you are a genius! I'll have to get some gelatin, and find something for a mold..... thank you!
     
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    Working with the Styrofoam, I did not like the "flakes" that came off of it while handling. So I started looking.

    First I found this advertised at Staples:
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    But it was too exensive - I felt.

    Then, after further research, I found this: http://www.observationsblog.com/sciencetechnologyexperiments/reusable-molding-material-homemade
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    Mainly watch the first video.

    Then, another piece of knowledge: (I "stole" these pics from their respective url.)
    http://magweno.deviantart.com/art/Making-a-Reusable-Mould-Material-out-of-Gelatine-373922869
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    Gives ideas here and pics- I did not ever use the honey. (I tried to steal these pics from the original site.)

    After all this , and much more research, I settled on the simple formula I gave in the prior post. Just VG, unflavored gelatine and water.
    (Edited to correct - VG, not pg...)
     
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    Progress continues:

    Getting ready for a real pour:
    The little blue dots on the bottom of each bottle are small pieces of kids modeling clay to anchor the bottles during the hot pour.
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    Poured, added red food coloring and poured some more:
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    Close up. A little messy, but the dribbles peel right off and get returned to the bucket for the next batch.
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    Looks like fun, and cheap to play with. Will give it a try. Thanks again!
     
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    Results of first attempt:
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    Hmmm Looks like I need to "level out" my table. These seem to look better upside down.
     
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    Rowdy that so awesomely cool!!


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    Thank you!!
    Not too shabby for a redneck...

    I made those this afternoon. Yesterday at a local "good will" store I found the food tray = $1.00. The compartments looked like the right size.
    Getting the bottles to cooperate is the trickiest part. Slightly warm the clay and it will work better on holding them in place. The clear plastic 15 mL bottles I had to fill with water for extra weight.

    Heat the mix. Pour. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Place in fridge for about 30 mins. Remove and allow to reach room temperature and carefully "peel" the bottles out and the new holder from the tray...

    Use level surface.

    Easy-Peazzy.
     
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    love it, the pictures really show the results well! Question - can this be cut after it is cooled?
     
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    So it stays firm? Not tacky or anything to the touch?


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    One batch seemed a little tacky on the first day. It was dry the next. Today I remelted it and it came out fine. The red was made fresh today and came out dry as toast. I was able to handle it immediately.

    Last week I made a test batch in the shape of a bar of soap. Left it on my desk and played with it all week. Played catch, bounced it around, dropped it, squeezed it...etc. It held up well.

    This is NOT water proof!!! In fact, it will melt in water. That makes cleanup good, but could be a limiting factor in other usage.
     
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    Yes, it is soft and rubbery, you can cut it easily. In fact, if your current pour turns out wrong, just cut it into pieces with a pair of scissors and re melt it...
     
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    You're just a badass ain't ya Rowdy? :)


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    Well... I really don't wanna brag...but...
     
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    Awesome! :)
     
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    Wow, what excellent stuff! I don't have a ton of flavorings (yet), but it can be a pain to find what I am looking for. I keep everything in my over the desk cabinet. Its dark in there. I have flavorings on the left and juices on the right, but that is as organized as it gets!
     
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    Priority mail - either flat rate boxes (probably medium or large depending on your dimensions)
    Medium Flat rate Box: $11.30
    Large Flat rate box -Domestic Address: $15.80
    (prices are shown at paypal shipping/stamps.com or usps.com shipping prices- commercial base rate) Price includes $50 insurance and tracking.

    If you have the ability (through usps.com) look into USPS Priority Regional Rate shipping - you have to order boxes from usps.com but they're huge and you can ship heavy things in them for a lot less than regular priority often is.
    Box sizes for regional are:
    A1 - 10" x 7" x 4 3/4"
    A2 - 10 5/16" x 2 3/8" x 12 13/16"
    B1 - 12" x 10 1/4" x 5"
    B2 - 14 3/8" x 2 7/8" x 15 7/8"
    C - 14 3/4" x 11 3/4" x 11 1/2"

    To get the price for those you'd need the buyer's zip code, your zip code and the weight of the item - and it'll give you prices for all priority options including regional rate - which you can ONLY get postage for online on usps.com - but its free to set up an account and just need a credit card or or paypal debit card to pay through.

    Found out this is a GREAT way to ship rather heavy items like pictures in frames through the mail, without spending a fortune.
     
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    Now I wonder if you managed a can of say plasti-dip, coated the gelatin molds with it would it stay stable since plastidip is used for coating wires, tools and other things with a water resistant grease proof coating...

    Semi - unrelated.You've made vg enhanced gummy bears...minus the bear part...
     
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    Thank you for the great info will have to study this to find out which will work best.
     
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    I hate seeing the post office over-charge someone for shipping so if I can be of any help just ask.
     
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    Plasti-dip - I have a can of that... Originally that was to be the material for this project (bottle/drawer management), but it was going to get real expensive quickly. Anyway, it was a solution right out of a can. I had much rather go about this in a more "creative" manner. (Being retired, time is cheap.) Not sure about coating this material with the plastic... It seems to be quite stable as it is.

    Gummy Bears - That was in the back of my mind. Early last week I make a sample of the material and experimented. I left a piece on my desk, and another piece outside on the ground. I was looking to see if it was going to be a food to attract bugs. Nope, nothing ate it - day or night. Nothing was attracted to it. That is one reason I left out the honey/corn syrup. The only issue I found was soaking it in water, It melts. Just getting a little water on it and wiping it off seems to be OK.
     
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    Nice job, If I were making them I might go with bungees rather than dowels and keep going with the hinges to make it all in one book style. Nothing wrong with yours just this has been on my mind lately also.
     
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    zomg I NEED those wood racks. if not for flavorings then for nail polish lol
     
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    :)yep, I'd buy a couple of them. Should you decide to start a sideline biz, put me In line. Very nice work.
     
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    So, @Sonar505, have you finished thinking yet? As you can see, a lot of us love your racks. Willing to buy ready-made or the plans, of course depending on price. Lots of interest! So hurry up, please? LOL :D
     
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    He must be getting a bunch of these ready and doesn't have time to be online. You think? ;)
     
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    LOL!


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    IMAG0477.jpg So I saw this and had to have it! The pick up, no; pick up, no method was driving me crazy so I made my husband make me one. Still a little rough around the edges and don't have my other side yet but have a handle, latches and piano hinges waiting to be attached and he promises to make it "pretty" for me, it also has adjustable dowels to accommodate 30 ml bottles. Just wanted to show what I have so far. Thank you for such a great idea!!!
     
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    Wonderful, LuLu! Looking good. Would you tell us what wood you used? Sizes? You have a sweetie hubby.
     
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    I would be happy to, just let me check with him and I will report back. It s a bit bigger than it needs to be but I wanted the ledges so there is room to play with measurements. I will get back to you tomorrow.
     
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    He did a really nice job with that Lulu. Looks great!
     
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