I'm an idiot. Learn from me.
Y'all know those neck warmers I make, the ones filled with seeds and essential peppermint oil? These?
I came across directions for some scrumptious little hand warmers in an old issue of a Martha Stewart magazine someone gave me and thought, "Oo! This solves all my problems!" The problems being that every warmer I make smells funky after a few uses, regardless of the seed I use or the type of scent. Ew.
Martha's warmers use ceramic pie weights as the filler. I went out yesterday, after calling all over town to find them, and bought a package of ceramic pie weights. Very pretty things. Nice weight to them. Seem to be perfect for what I need them for.
As soon as I got home, I made a couple of little hand warmers for my Hunny (he helps direct traffic at church on Sunday mornings), then made myself a neck warmer. Mmm. I was looking forward to using it RIGHT THEN. So I heated it. And heated it. Two minutes seemed about right. Made it with my usual flannel.
After about 40 minutes I thought maybe I hadn't heated it enough the first time, since the beads were cold and they were supposed to hold the heat, being ceramic and all. So I heated it again.
Less than two minutes in, I walk into the kitchen and smell something burning. The stench is horrid. I started fans going and a candle burning. Lookit:
Ceramic beads are clearly not the answer to all my problems. Dang it. Back to the old drawing board.
Until I write again ...