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* Petri dish moving boxes

Posted on August 26th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Fun with Lab Supplies.


We’re moving yet again, and this time we’re doing it ourselves instead of hiring people. The best moving tip discovery so far has been to use the boxes that Petri dishes come in. They have this nice grid of cardboard dividers that keep all the glasses and bottles from breaking. It saved a lot of careful packing effort.

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* Bead Box

Posted on April 14th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Fun with Lab Supplies.


I found an old tacklebox at a yardsale that’s perfect for keeping my beading supplies. I’d been coveting one of those little tins with the little glass-topped watchtin containers, like the ones Martha sells. We have these little 2.5 cm petri dishes in lab that look just like them (although the lids don’t screw on and they’re all clear plastic, but I don’t mind). The beads I have came in nice little vials, so I use the petri dishes to pour out little piles for easy accessability when I’m making things.

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* Spice Rack

Posted on April 14th, 2003 by maitreya. Filed under Fun with Lab Supplies, Projects with Instructions.


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Labs are always throwing away random stuff. I was wandering around the halls a while back and found a couple of boxes of perfectly good scintillation vials. They’re the nice glass ones with the bakelite screwtop lids, in 2 sizes. Normally, these are used in conjunction with a scintillation counter to measure radioactivity. It turns out you can also find very similar vials at the Container Store, but they aren’t nearly as cool as my real scintillation vials!

With the help of a Christmas present gift certificate from my aunt Andy, I found a nice rack at Cost Plus World Market. I also got a Xyron sticker machine (the little $10 one, you don’t need the big expensive one for this) from Margie (my mother) for Christmas. I had some pretty labels I got somewhere, too. I scanned these into my computer and resized them and typed in the names of the spices I have. I printed them out on normal paper, then covered the paper with clear contact paper. Then, I put the sticker backing on with the sticker machine and stuck them on the (sterilized) vials. I have one row of leafy herbs and one row of more powdery spices. The rack I got has little screwholes on it to hang it by. They’re little bottles, so they generally don’t hold an entire bottle of stuff, but I keep all the extra up on a high shelf, so these are much easier to rummage through and refill when necessary. I’m very pleased with it.

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If I were to redo it, I would put the labels on the tall bottles higher up, so they show over the little bottles. Oh well. Also, be sure to keep the file with the labels in case you buy a new spice.

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