Thursday, April 3, 2014

Don't Play with Fire, Kids

What this post isn't about: depotting.  What this post is about: fire.

I had some time today to prep for an upcoming post.  As part of prepping, I finished depotting the rest of my Suqqu palettes.  You might know that the pans are loosely held by a very sticky and gummy glue.  Depotting is basically as easy as pushing a pin through the holes in the back of the packaging and out plops the pans.  The problem with this is that the back of the pans is sticky with the glue.  Originally, I was so lazy that I just stuck the gummed up pans into my Z Palettes.  I realized that for ease of removing and re-placing back into the free-form palette, I would do best to attempt to clean the pans.
Pans pre-goo cleanup
Handy for me, I have a spray bottle of Goo Gone.  Goo Gone is a super handy product and when applied to a surface with residual gunk (like the glue from the Suqqu palette), the goo magically dissolves and can be wiped clean.

So that's what I was doing.  Wiping the pans with Goo Gone.

While at the same time burning a Jasmin Diptyque candle.

Folks.  Flammable Something + Burning Candle = DISASTER IN THE MAKING.  And I am so not being funny.  Goo Gone is highly flammable stuff.

While I was absentmindedly wiping the pans, a foot or so away, a lovely scented candle was burning.  One of the facial tissues I had set on the side drifted over to the candle and...

Well, you can almost imagine the worst happening, which it didn't.  While nothing actually happened with the bottle of Goo Gone (or the cotton pads that had Goo Gone on it), the extra tissue caught on fire.

Yes, I told you.  This post is about FIRE.

Being the flimsy piece of paper that it is, it instantly poofed into flames.  I tried tamping it out with my hands.  In retrospect, this was probably a horrid idea considering the residual Goo Gone on my fingers. Anyway, this didn't work, so I grabbed the only other thing I could, which was my cashmere wrap and tamped out the flames.

This little fire incident took just a few seconds.  No Belly was harmed.  No house destroyed.

So to get to this:

Along with the candle like so:

Could have been a real terrible incident because I had this orange bottle nearby.
Not to say don't burn any lovely candles.  I'm just saying to use caution.

I'm just saying, that the sight of a Diptyque candle and the scent of jasmine fills me with dread and makes me break out in a cold sweat.

:(

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  1. Poor Gummy! I think Allison from Amarixe on YouTube once told a story how the walls in her bathroom caught fire from a burning handle - possibly because of hairspray residue that was on building up over the years. She was fine and the bathroom wasn't too badly damaged, but it's definitely a cautionary tale. As a side note, I'm massively jealous over those Z-Palettes filled with Suqqu goodness... and your photos are looking gooood :)

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    1. I had major heart-thumping moment from this (and not in a good way). It's a cautionary take for sure! I'm glad her bathroom didn't end up being a huge fire!

      I must take care not to think of such flammable things so casually.

      I do sure love those Zs! :D Which is much more happy to think about rather than house on fire!

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  2. Lovely pics, and I spot 2 palettes that I don't have.Telling the difference between those light shades is not easy lol.

    Fire is quite dangerous, I saw a kid in the burn ward, The mother told us he was there because his printed t-shirt caught on fire and his chest and face suffered server burns :(

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    1. I use a small square adhesive metal sticker in the back of those pans and then I label them! :) Otherwise I would never ever be able to distinguish those shades. Although the Keshizumi white is a nice bright neutral white, I see. That's probably the only white I can pick out from a police line up. Which two do you not have?

      How in the world did the poor kid's shirt catch on fire!? Poor poor kid!!

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    2. The 2 between 01 and 06. He was playing with matches and those thick prints on t-shirts make the perfect fuel for fires.

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  3. Thank God everything is okay!
    Those Z palettes with depotted Suqqu look amazing..but I have a question for you. Aren't you tempted to buy more Suqqu palettes and fill the empty spaces??!
    I don't burn candles that often. I think I still need a bottle of Goo Gone. I hate those sticker marks on my drugstore makeup. ;)

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    1. Lena, when all my photos disappeared momentarily and then my depotting let to a FIRE, don't you think the universerve is REALLY sending some strong signals?? :((

      Goo Gone seems super effective. Remember, well ventilated area, away from FIRE AND HEAT!

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    2. Again, the pictures are still there safe and sound..and that little fire sparked another post of yours, is all I know. *wink* :)
      Have a great weekend, Belly! <3

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    3. LEEEEEENAAAAAHHH, so those empty spaces DO make me want to fill them up. :) I was resisting starting a second z palette just for this reason. Now I shall just give into the madness. *gurgle*

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  4. RIP cashmere scarf. :(

    On the other hand, the depotted shadows lined up like tetris pieces is a thing of beauty.

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    1. Cashmere is ok! It's black, so the singe marks are not noticeable at all! The flames were really small, thank GOODNESS!

      Aren't those pans so pretty together. I can stare at them forever. Probably why it takes me so long to get ready for work.

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    2. I'm picturing your review of the cashmere scarf on the retailer's website:

      "Insanely soft and just enough warmth. Hides singe marks like a champ. A+ would buy again."

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    3. @nicci, I would love to hang out with the potential customer that reads that and goes, "Sounds like my kind of of stuff." *click checkout*

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  5. SO SCARY. Glad everything is ok. Even cashmere scarf (so tough! so versatile! so much warmer than ever!).
    A couple years ago I *almost* burned down my parents' guest house w/ an oven fire, which would have likely resulted in burning down their actual house and all property. Fortunately my dad was able to contain the flames in the oven, but when he went in they were about 6 inches from the gas main in the ceiling. Like a moron, I had opened the oven and turned fans on before going for help, because when I opened the oven it was all smoke. But fuel + oxygen = FIRE! as I inconveniently forgot.
    All to say, fire is scary and I know the feeling of a very close call, especially one that could have been easily avoided.
    Palettes look lovely though, and again, so glad your pretty face is ok (MOST IMPORTANT).

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    1. I am such a dope! I should not have been so careless.

      Holy crap, your incident sounds horrifying. Thank goodness your dad was able to kill the flames. What caused the fire? Did something cooking in the oven burn and catch fire? SO SO SO SCARY!!!

      It's good to remember all the fire safety basics. My little kids remind me. Apparently, the little kids are better educated on such important matters. Closing doors to contain fire (I guess oven doors, too!), staying low when there is smoke, etc.

      Face went a little extra pale with HORROR! But all ok!

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    2. I think most domestic fires must come from careless. Mine was an empty cardboard pizza box that my boyfriend had left in the oven and forgotten to take to the trash (his bad), and I didn't look in the oven when I turned it on to pre-heat (my bad, altho I contend that the oven is NOT STORAGE SPACE so really still his bad). Paper, oh how easily it burns...

      Lucky ones, we are.

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  6. A moment of silence for you scarf...

    It makes sense that you'd want to be in a nice relaxing fragrant environment to depot the heck outta every palette. I love depotting the Japanese palettes since their glue is gummier and more obedient.

    Not heard of Goo Gone before. Sounds like something I need. I've always used pharmacy-sold alcohol which does the job, but slowly.

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    1. Alcohol works very slowly. I think the Goo Gone must be some petroleum based solvent or something. Whatever it is, for the Japanese glue gunk, it is magical. Just be careful using it (well ventilated AWAY FROM HEAT/Flame... pant pant pant).

      Scarf is fine. More importantly, house fine. Belly fine. Suqqu fine. D: D:

      Depotting those loose pans in the Japanese palettes is so much easier than fire melting other brands' stuff.

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  7. Holy crap! So glad no Belly was harmed. But RIP cashmere wrap :(

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    1. Allll good. But I'm serious when I was walking near my office and smelling the slight burnt smell and the jasmine, it was making my hear race afterwards. :((

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  8. Goodness!! I'm glad you are ok! Man.. yeah, definitely do not play with fire/anything flammable. Sorry to hear about the cashmere wrap but glad you are ok!

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    1. It's funny that when I am around my kids, I am extra careful (boiling hot oil, candles, etc). I think I must have been less cautious because I was by myself. thank goodness, really, that nothing disastrous happened. I don't even want to dwell on what would have happened if the Goo Gone caught fire and blew!

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  9. Oh noooo not your cashmere wrap! So sorry to hear about this, Belly. I don't think many of us are aware that as nice as scented candles are, they actually remain fire risks. Glad you're OK and your Suqqu pans are now goo free though.

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    1. PSA! EVERYBODY BE CAREFUL!

      :) every thing including the de-gooing, turned out perfectly. And apart from slight singeing of the wrap, no permanent harm to anything.

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  10. aw what a bit a of a comedy eh? i'm glad nothing major was wrecked (as in body parties and shelter...that would be bad. we need both body parties and shelters...)
    though...cashmere scarf...one could argue that's a life necessity as well..

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    1. I live in my cashmere wraps for layering 3/4 of the year. It ended up ok. Thank goodness. I also argue a nice soft wrap is a total life necessity. Yup. :)

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  11. I am glad everything is okay! Also, such pretty palettes.

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  12. Really glad you are ok! I have been itching to buy the Diptyque Jasmin but may hold off a bit now, out of respect, yo.
    It's always so interesting to see how people organise their freeform palettes. Took me a good few seconds to realise that you sorted your SUQQUs vertically and not 4x4.

    I had no idea products like Goo Gone existed. Now that I'm flying back to the UK, I can get hold of unii palettes and DIY stuff much more easily. Can't wait to depot some of my annoying e/s singles!

    By the way, I just did your lobster tag. ^^ It cheered me up today. <33

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    1. Lisa, I wouldn't mind if you got the Jasmin. Just no further mention of jasmine anywhere near me, please! Or you can, I just will want to run away. ;)
      I tried other teris patterns with them, but it seems to fit well this way.

      I saw your LOBSTER! I did!
      everyone needs to love you as much as I do:
      http://theconsolationsofvanity.blogspot.com/2014/04/lobster-tag.html

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  13. OMG, and things like this are why I just bough two fire extinguishers for the house. *hugs* Glad that you are ok

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    1. D: fire safety, sooooper important. thanks, vampy. I had a hard time falling asleep last night, but all is good.

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  14. So glad you're ok! And your depotted palettes look so gorgeous :-)

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    1. :) These are my version of Lego. So fun to play with these, and not necessarily on the face. :)

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  15. Beautiful depotted pans, though! <3 Makes me want to depot mine... Almost.

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    1. :) You shall stand firm with the no depotting. They make them so accessible to me, so I love them freed of their cases like so.

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  16. Goo, candle, fire, cashmere wrap, Goo Gone... my head is spinning!!! You must be one fun neighbour to have! Then again I think I would be a little scared to live next to ya! Me thinks you need a sitter! :D

    I'm glad all is ok, sorry about your wrap but at least your house is ok and you still got your "Lego" to play with!

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  17. OMG, poor scarf and so darn scary!!!! I depot as well, but for the heat, I usually just use a lighter instead of a candle that's burning consistently. Still, the scarf's sacrifice has made some beautiful depotted palettes possible :-)

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  18. Next time try coconut oil mixed with baking soda... works as well as goo gone but is so much more natural and not scary! :)

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