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Depotting Milani Eyeshadows!

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Milani eyeshadows are surprisingly quick and simple to depot using a straightforward oven method. The trick lies in one step, which you will see below.

Without further introduction... here we go!

Getting Ready
Gather your supplies. You will need: an oven, a soft hand towel, magnets (business card magnets or pre-made 1-inch round ones), a baking pan (disposable and/or lined with aluminum foil), an Allen wrench or other small metal tool, and an oven mitt (not pictured). Work in a well-ventilated area -- I like to do this on top of my glass top stove (cool, of course), since it's next to the kitchen fan that vents to the outside. The towel is very important -- it provides a padded surface that will protect your eyeshadow from bouncing or breaking if you drop it.

The Allen Key
The most important tool for depotting Milani eyeshadows is a skinny metal tool like an Allen key (also known as a hex key or hex wrench). These are commonly found in household toolkits. You could also use a thick darning needle, a heavy-duty paper clip, or anything else that's very slender but strong.

Preparing the Pot
Peel off the clear sticker on the back of the pot. This sticker is too thin and clear to use for labeling your pan, so don't worry about getting it off in one piece. Just peel it off and throw it away.

Bottom of the Pot
This is a photograph of the bottom of a Milani pot, after the label is removed. You can see that there is a small hole that goes all the way through the plastic to the bottom of the metal pan. This hole is the key to depotting a Milani eyeshadow.

Preheating the Oven
Set your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pot in the Oven
Place the open pot in the oven on a baking pan. I like to use a disposable pie tin, but you could also use a regular baking sheet or cake pan of any sort. I recommend that you line any non-disposable pans with aluminum foil, just in case there is any stickiness on the bottom of the pot. Bake for approximately 3 minutes (heating times may vary).

Removing the Pan
Put on your oven mitt. Remove the pot from the oven and place it on your towel. Hold the clear flip-top lid with your mitt-covered hand, and hold your Allen key (or other tool) in your other hand. Insert the tool into the small hole on the bottom of the pan and push. The clear lid will be soft and flexible, and don't worry if it bends as you work with the pot. Just keep a solid grip on it. If the pan doesn't seem to be coming out easily, put it back in the oven for another minute or two. Don't force it! When the adhesive is fully softened, the pan should pop out easily when you push the tool into the hole.

The Pan is Out!
You've got two pieces -- the pot and the pan. You can throw away (or recycle) the pot.

Labeling the Pan
Now you're ready to label your pan. Prepare your magnet. If you're using a business card magnet, cut yourself a piece of magnet that will fit the bottom of the pan. Bigger is better -- it can cover the entire bottom. Because Milani eyeshadows have a thin plastic label, it's not a good choice for sticking onto your magnet. So you'll have to create your own label. I buy 1-inch round labels that I can write on or run through my printer. In this case, I just made a label with my inkjet printer with the brand and shade of eyeshadow.

Stick that magnetized pan into your palette and you're through! See, that wasn't too hard! Practice does make perfect, and once you've done a few you'll find a "rhythm" that works for you. Oh, and in case you were wondering... the eyeshadow depotted in this series of photographs was Icy Plum.

Good luck!