- Half pint alcohol, half ounce resin, half ounce gum-shellac, a few drops analine brown; let stand over night and add three-fourths pint raw linseed oil and half pint spirits turpentine; shake well before using. Apply with cotton flannel, and rub dry with another cloth.
The cheapest and best material with which to hang pictures is copper wire, of a size proportioned to the weight of the picture. When hung, the wire is scarcely visible, and its strength and durability is wonderful.
To insure a good light, wicks must be changed often, as they soon become clogged, and do not permit the free passage of the oil. Soaking wicks in vinegar twenty-four hours before placing in lamp insures a clear flame. Felt wicks are best.
Lamp chimneys and glass-ware for hot water are made less liable to brake by putting in cold water, bringing slowly to boiling point, boiling for an hour, and allowing to cool before removing from water.
- One and a half ounces each alcohol and butter of antimony, one-half ounce muriatic acid, eight ounces of linseed-oil, one-half pint vinegar. Mix cold. This has been tried for twelve years and has been regularly sold for $10.
Make a cover for the floor of the cheapest cotton cloth. Tack it down like a carpet, paper it as you would a wall with paper resembling a carpet in figures, let it dry, varnish with two coats of varnish, and with reasonable usage it will last two years.
- Gum shellac makes an excellent strong cement for joining broken pieces together, and is more covenient than glue. The shellac should be flowed upon the surfaces to be joined, firmly pressed together, and carefully set away for about one hour.
Cut rags and sew hit and miss, or fancy striped as you choose; use wooden needles, round, smooth, and pointed at one end, of any convenient length. The knitting is done back and forth (like old fashioned suspenders), always take off the first stich. - Anna F. Hisey.
To Clear Cistern Water - Add two ounces powdered alum and two ounces borax to a twenty barrel cistern of rain-water that is blackened or oily, and in a few hours the sediment will settle, and the water be clarified and fit for washing and even for cooking purposes.
Before or after putting down new oil-cloths, put on one or two coats of linseed-oil with a brush, and when thoroughly dry, add one or two coats of varnish. This makes the cloth softer and much more durable. - Miss Eva Evans, Delaware.
Make a hat-shaped cover of two thicknesses of strong brown paper with cotton-batting quilted between, large enough to drop over and completely envelop the pitcher. This prevents the warm air from coming in contact with the pitcher, and the ice will last a long time.
Set a pail of water outside the door and dip the broom in it, shaking the water off, so there will be no wet streaks on the carpet; sweep but a small portion, and then dip the broom again; in this way the dust is taken up in the broom, instead of being sent whirling through the air.
To Start a Fire in damp, still "Weather. - Light a few bits of shavings or paper placed upon the top of grate; thus by the heated air's forcing itself into the chimney and establishing there an upward current, the room is kept free from the gas and smoke which is so apt to fill it, and the fire can then be lighted from below with good success.