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Pics of your sticks!!

Charly

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Once I have the wrapper cased up to where I like it (like fine, plump, fluffy stretchy leather, no moistness) I let it dry a little bit by opening the mouth of the casing bag slightly; then I take it outside and mist it in direct sunlight, keep it in the sun for x minutes, then rebag it in a warmish environment; then repeat until I have the color I want. Then re-case as necessary to the right dry plump fluffy stretchiness. If the leaf is "good" then it doesn't lose stretchiness or burn quality with this procedure. This kind of moisture+warmth-to-darken technique goes back at least to 1850, which is about as far as I've found any documents on it. That's probably around the time that the marketers figured out that "brown = tasty" in the consumers' minds. That is the very reason people were patenting all kinds of "make it darker brown" techniques and devices in the 1800s and 1900s. I do it because I don't like greenish-beige.
Thanks for sharing this method, I might try it to see what I can get :)
When you say "rebag it in a warmish environment" you mean warmish than in full sun ?
 
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Thanks for sharing this method, I might try it to see what I can get :)
When you say "rebag it in a warmish environment" you mean warmish than in full sun ?
I mean that I'm maintaining warmth through the whole process because even when I come back inside and re-bag the stuff, it's pretty warm, 80F+. Might not make a difference, but I notice that the leaves are still getting darker while they're in the bag.
 
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Interesting, don't forget to post a picture with the doll and the cigars !
Just a question : why did you close both ends of the cigars ?
Unfriendly she is a bit touched and doesn't like to have her "childrens/grandchildrens" picture taken.

Why did i close both ends? Dont know i about always do.
i did fire one up to have a smoking look. Now i need to seal it.
will post a pic after. lol
 

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The final cigars are handsome. But I worry that the filler may be radioactive. You can actually see it actively irradiating like a neon sign in the second photo. I have instructions on how to build a radiation detector, if you need them.

Bob
 
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