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Maybe what I'm really asking is: "Is there any way that I could actually do it wrong?" Or is it newbie-proof (even though I got my device used -- like everyone else -- and therefore have no manual, to go along with my complete lack of lab experience)?



All my device does is "vortex".  So when you turn it on, that's just what it does.  You can then turn up the speed at which it vortexes.




So if you have a vortex shaker, I don't think you can do it wrong.  It just vortexes.  Mine has no other settings other than to turn it on / off and to crank the speed up and down.



Excellent. Thanks again.


On my speed dial (Vortex Genie 2), the low speeds are labeled "Shake", while the higher speeds are labeled "Vortex". But I guess none of the speeds are wrong.

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I didn't test a lot on the lower speeds, but it seemed to me like the higher speed is more effective. That is doing the bottles one at a time instead of with the attachment, though.

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How many times has it fallen down and cut?  :mellow:






The elastic band comes off once in a while but the bottle is knocked away from the saw. I worry more about the lid coming off, but that has not happened yet either after using it hundreds of times.

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While I like the creativity, I do not like the sight of the saw there TBH... 


It is less dangerous than using it as a saw. No hands near the fret saw blade at any time.

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I'm glad someone else tried the dryer method. I've got a whole paint caddy full of paints I have barely touched in 2 years that I'm now running through a 20 minute fluff cycle. I wrapped mine in a towel, rubberbanded the towel shut, and then rolled it up even further in an old comforter to help deaden the noise a bit and protect the paint caddy from damage. Did a quick check after a few minutes, and nothing has gone wrong except the door getting kicked open by the weight of the paints. So I've got the door held shut just like I do when I wash shoes, and all seems well.

I may end up trying to make my own vortex mixer though. From what I read when looking it up, it's just a motor hooked up to a plate that's a bit off center so that it's just slightly off balance. If I can find a good motor it shouldn't be too hard to do.

EDIT: And now they're done. And I apparently didn't wrap the caddy well enough after I checked on them, because one of the snaps to close it broke, and the other is very obviously stressed. Guess I need to buy a new paint case and relegate this one to being a minis case. Paints look nice and smoothly mixed though. Or at least a lot better than they did before going in.

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I stick the "butt end" of my paintbrush in the bottle, and stir it roughly to break up all the paint "stuck" in the bottom, then close the lid, and give it a hard shake for 30 seconds or so.  Seems to do the trick.

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