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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by BellaMars » Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:57 pm

In the past I was taught to burn incense(loose, cones, sticks) in a small dish or container of salt because it removes negativity.

I keep reading on the LM forums to burn loose incense on sand but no mention ever of salt.

Just wondering if any more experienced rootworkers have ever used salt as a base for the incense.
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Unread post by Mama Micki » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:03 pm

I have, but now I use dirt because it is easier to recycle. Just throw it outside. I started burning candles in dirt too.
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Unread post by BellaMars » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:08 pm

Oh using dirt never even crossed my mind. It makes sense with rootwork too, using something so close to where roots and herbs are grown. I like this idea! Thanks Mama Micki for sharing this!

I keep reading about using sand but for some reason it doesn't 'feel' right to me, maybe bc I was allergic to sand as a child I dont know! LOL
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Unread post by Mama Micki » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:13 pm

Dirt is free. Unless you live near the beach, you'll probably have to buy sand. I like using dirt because it keeps me close to the Earth, and the herbs, roots, and minerals I work with like it too.
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Unread post by Devi Spring » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:53 pm

I use salt when I do house cleansings, but at home I use dirt.
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Unread post by BellaMars » Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:40 pm

Im really glad I asked.this question. I love the idea of using dirt and bringing more of the natural element to the rootworks. Now THIS feels right to me. Im definitely a dirt.convert now. :) I never see it mentioned anywhere on here though I thought the norm or standard was.sand. I think I might use the salt only when I want to use incense for a home cleansing to remove negativity just as DeviSpring mentioned. Thanks Mama Micki and DeviSpring. :)
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Unread post by ConjureMan Ali » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:00 pm

I am always careful with the collection of dirt. In conjure we believe strongly in the spirit of the earth and its tie to us and the places we gather from. We gather dirt from a grave to get the aid of that spirit of the dead, we gather crossroads dirt to invoke the spirit of the crossroads, we gather dirt from where a cat and dog have fought to capture the violence and fussing etc. So if you were using dirt from outside your house don't burn anything negative on it. I wouldn't want to burn hot foot or crossing candles on dirt that is associated with your home.

Conversely, burning drawing and blessing candles and similar types in your home's dirt would be great.

In other words remember that any old dirt still carries some spirit in it.
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Unread post by michaeldavis » Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:06 pm

ConjureMan Ali wrote:I am always careful with the collection of dirt. In conjure we believe strongly in the spirit of the earth and its tie to us and the places we gather from. We gather dirt from a grave to get the aid of that spirit of the dead, we gather crossroads dirt to invoke the spirit of the crossroads, we gather dirt from where a cat and dog have fought to capture the violence and fussing etc. So if you were using dirt from outside your house don't burn anything negative on it. I wouldn't want to burn hot foot or crossing candles on dirt that is associated with your home.
Conversely, burning drawing and blessing candles and similar types in your home's dirt would be great.
In other words remember that any old dirt still carries some spirit in it.


Thanks ConjureMan. This is a great observation and one that didn't occur to me as I was reading this thread! I've used dirt in spiritual work, but only in particular circumstances--like when I was actively trying to get hired at a particular place by taking dirt from that place. I never thought that I might actually lay something on myself by using my own dirt.

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Unread post by BellaMars » Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:55 pm

ConjureMan you make a great point. I love the idea of using dirt for burning the herbal insences because of the fact you mention, it carries a spirit and that spirit helped nurture the herbs. I would not use my dirt for the negative works though as I dont want the negativity recycled on my property.

I know this if off topic from my original question but since we are talking about using dirt now .... Is it ok to work a vinegar jar spell in a hole in the dirt in my backyard? Its not buried there its just in the hole while I burn the candle on it, then I return it inside behind a toilet.
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Unread post by jujuman » Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:12 am

I'm ordering Attraction, Dixie Love, Fast Luck, Kiss Me Now and Reconciliation Incense Powders
I have an electrical incense burner. Can I burn these powders one at a time Like a few pinches of each?

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Unread post by DelArca » Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:11 am

Yes, that is perfectly acceptable and is often done.

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Unread post by Devi Spring » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:05 am

The powders don't require a burner, as they are self-lighting. So you just need a heat-proof receptical to burn them in. You'll just want to shape them into a cone, and then light the tip...they will stay lit by themselves and burn down.
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Unread post by MissMichaele » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:58 am

Directions for shaping incense into a cone can be found here:


Also, incenses can be mixed together. First, though, burn them separately, so you have an idea which fragrances might harmonise together; you don't want to make yourself cringe.

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Unread post by jwmcclin » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:02 am

Exactly MissMichaele, the ones jujuman listed seem to mix well but check as MissMichaele indicated.
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Unread post by jujuman » Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:58 am

Thank you all for the helpful information.

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Unread post by StarStruck » Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:50 pm

Another order arrived today and my uncrossing incense powder and the incense brazier are now here :) The question I have is, must I line the incense burner with sand (it is the Copper and Brass brazier from Nepal), and if so, how exactly is it done and what kind of sand is best? Or is this step not necessary with the LM incense powders?

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:34 pm

Just place a layer of clean sand in the bottom. This is to keep the incense from repeatedly heating the metal to the point that within a few years the metal will become fragile or burn out. The sand helps dissipate excess heat.

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Unread post by blackcateyes » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:57 am

If you don't have access to sand...dirt works just as well....that's what I've used before!:)
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Unread post by Devi Spring » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:09 am

Yes, for all my blessing/healing/drawing work I just use dirt from my property. You can also use salt in a pinch!
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Unread post by DeborahHarris » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:33 am

Does anyone know how long LM self lighting incenses retaing their freshness?

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Unread post by Miss Bri » Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:32 am

I have had some incenses from LMC for over 2 years and they still work. But you have to keep them in a cool, dry place. Humidity is not good for them.
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Unread post by Joseph Magnuson » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:27 am

I have all of my Lucky Mojo Incense (resins as well as self-lighting powders) in small, airtight, amber round jars. I have some that have lasted multiple years (at least 3) and are still very, very fresh. Same goes with any of the sachet powders as well. Baths too!
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Unread post by DeborahHarris » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:40 pm

Thanks. Actually I do already keep my powders in baby food jars and I believe it does help to retain the freshness/fragrance much longer.

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Unread post by Dr Johannes » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:58 pm

I have some LM incenses that are 6+ years old. They still smell great when they burn.
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Unread post by Devi Spring » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:19 am

Another thing that I do to make sure my incenses (and also herbs) don't get damp, it to use the little dessicant packets that often come in vitamins and other suppliments, and sometimes even with shoes, and put one in each glass bottle I store the the incense in. It works really well!
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Unread post by Joseph Magnuson » Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:10 pm

Devi Spring wrote:Another thing that I do to make sure my incenses (and also herbs) don't get damp, it to use the little dessicant packets that often come in vitamins and other suppliments, and sometimes even with shoes, and put one in each glass bottle I store the the incense in. It works really well!

Great idea Devi Spring! I have used cotton balls and they work fine in a pinch...
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Unread post by autumnalflower » Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:35 am

You can also use rice in a cheese cloth tied with a string, kinda like the use of rice in salt shakers.

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Unread post by Joseph Magnuson » Tue Sep 27, 2011 9:42 am

Ah yes the ever absorbing rice! Great idea! Works wonders with minor wet cell phones and small electronics as well. This has turned into a very nice little discussion of keeping our Lucky Mojo Incense in tip-top condition! Very nice!
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Unread post by Fullmoondiva » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:49 am

I've never worked with incense and I notice on MJ attraction spell kits it says to put incense into cones and then turn out of cones, I'm not sure what they're talking about. Do you burn the incense in the incense burners without cones or loosely by itself in the burners?

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Unread post by aura » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:21 am

Hi Fullmoondiva,

Burning Incense in the Hoodoo Tradition:
http://www.luckymojo.com/incense.html

How to make incense powder cones and light them:
http://herb-magic.com/incense-powder-cones.html
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Unread post by Turk1975 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:45 pm

I have a few different incenses that i have recently started using:

John The Conqueror
Come To Me
Money Drawing
Attraction

My question is basically about technique. When i light my inscense, i have at least one candle burning. Sometimes i have a white,red,and green one burning at the same time.

I usually shower before i begin. I light my inscense and get relaxed. I usually have some quiet meditation music in the background. I then close my eyes and focus on my 3rd eye and begin to visualize the end result of whatever im wanting. I will do this for about 10 mins. Afterwards, i give thanks to the Universe and ask that no one be harmed in the way of my desires manifesting.

Just wanted to know is this a good way of doing Incense Magick?

Any imput to improve my technique is welcome...

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Unread post by aura » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:19 am

Hi Turk1975,

In the hoodoo tradition, incense is often used as part of spell-work rather than as a magickal practice in and of itself; you can read about the use if incense in conjure here: http://www.luckymojo.com/incense.html. There are a couple of exceptions such as when a person or place is ''smoked'' to remove crossed conditions, or protect them. Mojos can also ''smoked'' when being brought to life. Another such exception would be the burning of either incense; herbs; sulfur; or a combination thereof, on an enemy's property to cross them up. In these cases, we're talking about the smoke of the incense itself or the object burned being the active agent in the magick.

Incense is also a potent agent to carry your messages to God (or another spirit, person and/or place); again this is often within the context of more elaborate spell-work. In this regard however, meditation and visualization exercises as you describe below are fine and if you're getting results - then you're doing it right.

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Unread post by Turk1975 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 6:03 pm

Thank you so much!!!!

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Unread post by Newatthis » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:39 pm

I ran out of sand in the bottom of my incense burner.

Devi, you mentioned that salt can be used in an incense burner, does that include table salt? If not, what about mud?

Can uncooked rice be used to line the burner also?

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Unread post by Turnsteel » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:48 pm

Stacey wrote:Devi, you mentioned that salt can be used in an incense burner, does that include table salt? Can uncooked rice be used to line the burner also?
Rice would burn and probably stink,lol, so no rice!

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Unread post by Newatthis » Thu Feb 23, 2012 4:01 pm

Ok, thanks for responding to my question Turnsteel.

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Unread post by RobertLG21 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:42 am

I have always used salt. It works perfectly fine.

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Thanks Robert, I appreciate your help.

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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:18 pm

A handful of small pebbles will also work well.
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Unread post by Newatthis » Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:28 pm

Pebbles....I never knew that, thanks Miss Cat. It's good to know and have all these options. Everyone has been very helpful...thanks.

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Unread post by MissMichaele » Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:55 pm

blackcateyes wrote:If you don't have access to sand...dirt works just as well....that's what I've used before!:)
If your dirt doesn't have lots of plant-bits in it -- fragments of dried leaves, stems, and roots -- it might work. Dried plant matter might catch fire or smoulder.


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Unread post by Faerielady » Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:32 pm

I am a bit new to using incense in magick and am wondering if it means anything when the incense smokes really alot? I had to open my windows and turn on the fan just to get it out of the room because it was smoking so strongly. I hope that doesn't mean anything bad. :? If this is something regular, I think I will just use oils or my soy/beeswax candles in the future.

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Unread post by aura » Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:01 am

Hi Faerielady,

if you're burning loose incense in a cone or on a brazier, it will smoke quite a lot and that's normal. You can make smaller and narrower cones of powder or use less at a time on your charcoal to reduce the quantity of smoke produced. You can also switch to incense sticks like these: http://www.luckymojo.com/mojocatincense.html#agarbathi

It can take a bit of practice to get used to working with the self-lighting incense powders but it is worth every bit of time you spend :)

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Unread post by Faerielady » Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:59 am

Thank you! I appreciate your input, Aura. The information really helps! :D

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Unread post by CopperFox » Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:29 am

Hi, Pristenella. I have found a great way to burn loose herbs blended into incenses.

I first light a charcoal disk and place it on my brazier, then add the loose herbal incense blend.

Then atop that I place a cone of LM self-lighting incense powder, but do not light it. I allow the charcoal to burn up through the herbs and into the bottom of the incense cone. The result is a very steady, long-lasting burn. The incense powders actually coal over, like a banked fire.

The LM powders give my herbal blend an amazing fragrance and produce a lot of lovely smoke.

I have used this technique several times now and really enjoying burning incense this way. I also like crafting my own incense blends, but I have to say I am 100% sold on the LM self-lighting powders. They complement my own mixtures wonderfully and I can't wait to try more varieties.
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Unread post by GotAlot2Learn » Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:13 pm

How do you actually "smoke" a person or oneself with incense?

Do you light it, than blow it out like normally than how is the smoke applied to the person so that they're Smoked?

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Unread post by Tristan » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:48 pm

To answer your question, there are a number of different ways to fumigate a person. I was taught that it's disrespectful to blow on incense, although your mileage may vary. ;)

The simplest way would be to just waft the smoke over the person with your hands. You may find it easier to place the brazier on a safe surface and have the person stand over it with a leg on each side. A little "quick and dirty", but it serves.

Another option would be to make a bundle of fresh herbs to fan the smoke over a person whilst simultaneously stroking them with the herbs held in the other hand in the appropriate direction; e.g. head-to-toe for works of removal and cleansing, toe-to-head for works of drawing and attracting. I've used fresh rue, basil, and rosemary this way although those herbs may not be appropriate to every work.

A paper fan, or more commonly a feather fan, could also be used in a similar fashion. Lucky Mojo sells a wonderful black chicken feather duster that could be used this way and also do double duty by giving the person a good old fashion sweeping.

You could also set the brazier on a safe surface and set a chair over top of it. Have the person to be fumigated sit in the chair and drape a large sheet around them to contain the smoke. This works very well, but be sure to keep the sheet clear of the burning material.

Lastly, a thurible could be used to gently swing the smoke towards a person. These are the type of chain censers that you can see at a High Mass or Orthodox Divine Liturgy.

For incense braziers, thuribles, charcoal, and feather dusters, see the Altar Tools and Ritual Supplies page.

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Unread post by RhiannonWyt » Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:28 am

Tristan, would this method also be effective on a doll baby or a figural candle?
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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by catherineyronwode » Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:35 am

RhiannonWyt -- Yes, this would wok on a doll baby or a figural candle, and in fact it is a common practice.

See also these pages:

How to Use Incense (Hoodoo in Theory and Practice)
http://luckymojo.com/incense.html

Hoodoo Incense (AIRR)
http://readersandrootworkers.org/wiki/C ... oo_Incense

In-Person Suffumigation or Censing (AIRR)
http://readersandrootworkers.org/wiki/C ... or_Censing

How to Make a Cone of Incense (Herb-Magic
http://herb-magic.com/incense-powder-cones.html

The us of incense on the altar is also addressed briefly in this book on candle magic:


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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by pma » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:22 am

I have recently been using some negative incense while burning black candles on top of a vinegar jar. I like the added layer to the work but am a little concerned about cleaning the space after using the incense.

I have 2 questions:

1. Will this negatively affect my dog who is sometimes in the room while the incense is burning? He's not bothered by the smoke. I'm more concerned with the energy. Should I lightly spritz him with the chinese wash/water spritz that I use to wash my hands? I've also got some Peace Water and Florida Water but the Florida Water is a bit heavy for a dog.

2. I have a love altar across the room, about 10' away. To what extent should I clear out the smoke from the incense to keep it from affecting my love altar? The work done on each side of the room is complicated and meant for the same target, although obviously from different angles. I have been spritzing a chinese wash/water solution from floor to ceiling in between the two altars after burning a black candle and/or incense and after the smoke has cleared the room prior to working with anything on the love altar.
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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by jwmcclin » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:48 pm

You can do one of two things, keep you pet away from your negative work or follow your recommendation. After doing negative work, it is advised to cleanse your entire area as you seem to indicate in your post.
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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by pma » Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:46 am

Thank you, jwmcclin!

I think I'm going to get another spritzer for some of the Peace Water and spray it around to settle down the space afterwards, too.

PS...the dog smells GREAT, now. A little diluted Chinese Wash spritz and some healing oil on his temples does wonders!! Thanks, again.
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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by heartexalted » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:16 pm

For my spell, I've been making cones mixing Money Drawing, Money Stay with Me, and Steady Work incenses. 1/2 tsp each of the first two, and 1/4 tsp of Steady Work. This has been as part of a larger combined Money Drawing/Money Stay with Me spell, in conjunction with a lodestone sitting atop bills and a green 7-knob candle.

Anyway, just now, I lit the tip of the cone, and as always, it burned for a moment before the flame went out and it started to smoke, per usual. However, after it burned down some, it caught flame again for a moment before settling back down to normal.

Has this ever happened to anyone? A cone of incense re-igniting like that? Do you see it as a sign of anything, or a purely physical/chemical reaction?

Any input is welcomed. Thanks!
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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by Doctor Hob » Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:55 pm

I can't offer insight on any possible oracular significance, but I've even had stick incense catch a hot spot and reignite before.
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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by GoddessMojo » Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:19 am

I think this may have something to do with the amount of moisture in the mix. My charcoal disks have been doing the same lately, lighting, starting to burn as normal, going out, then suddenly reigniting and ... even exploding. Also remember the fire still burns under those ashes of the cone, it's possible they stayed smoldering even though you thought it was out until hitting some extra dry powder or a bit of herb to re-ignite.
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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by jwmcclin » Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:39 pm

heartexalted, it happens. After all, you are working with Incense...sometimes it will not burn all the way through and sometime it does.
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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by robin1217 » Thu May 03, 2012 3:06 pm

I just received my kit. The instruction says: "Make a bit of the Essence of Bend-Over Incense Powders into a cone (use a twist of paper, pack the incense in with your finger, and turn it out of the cone)." Can someone explain what the "turn it out of the cone" means? How do I turn it out of the cone? Thank you

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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by Doctor Hob » Thu May 03, 2012 3:16 pm

It just means to turn the paper form over to let the cone of pressed incense fall out.
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Re: General Loose Powder & ResIn Incense Questions and Answers

Unread post by robin1217 » Thu May 03, 2012 8:39 pm

Thank you.

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