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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:37 pm 
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Hello all. Sparked up my dryer and "cooking" some more coconut here. Even though it takes a lot of time to make it, it's fun nonetheless! I need to let those know who are thinking of "rollin' their own" a few things... The easiest I've made are the "Earth" tones. I don't do any more than grind the fibers and directly dye them. But-- when it comes to making the revered "Sno-conut", it's a whole different bear folks! Also, to get the more "vivid" colors, you MUST bleach the fibers out before you even start your dying of them. Yes, it's BEAUTIFUL to behold, but it has its dangers too! In order to get that "sparkling, opalesque" white, it takes some safety measures to make it. I will let you all know here: I will not teach anyone on this forum to make it "my way" because of possible accident issues. If one of you got hurt in an attempt to do it, I would be devastated. Please don't get sore at me, but try to understand. The instructions to do it here on the forum already are a pretty close hit, but I take more steps to get mine the way it turns out, and that's what makes it a more cautionary technique. Below, is a pic of what happened to me the very 1st time I made the white color. It hurt BAD and it took 2 months for it to fully heal with lots of steroid creams and medicated lotions. I'm not trying to scare anyone to not try, but it literally took me months to get my coco even looking remotely as good as our good friend Pete's stuff. Of course, I use all safety equipment in all of my coco making since that "accident", :geek: believe me.... No more being "Mr. Macho" here! :lol: Good luck to all of you in your endeavors though in giving it a try! :mrgreen:


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"Ouch"!!! Sorry that happened, glad to hear you're on the mend!! On the brightside you have some beautiful Coco!!!


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Thanks Brian. Yes, that was over a year ago when this happened. Turned into a full blown dermatitis issue :oops: after the cherry redness started to go away. But, like you said-- That white coco is frossssttyy!.... lol.. :lol:


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Those are some angry hands Will! Hope you have made a 100% recovery!


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