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Depotting Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Metal Tins!

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Perhaps the trickiest eyeshadows to depot are the older Urban Decay eyeshadows that come in a two-piece metal tin. These are very stubborn -- the plastic insert is virtually impossible to remove from the tin and the eyeshadows are stuck in the insert with plenty of glue. I've tried a lot of different ways to depot these, and the oven seems to be the easiest and most reliable solution.

Please remember that Urban Decay eyeshadows tend to be very soft and delicate, especially the frosty shades. Be very patient and careful throughout the process, especially when working with these frustrating old tins.

Without further introduction... here we go!

Getting Ready
Gather your supplies. You will need: an oven, a soft hand towel, a thin pointy paring knife (a scalpel or Xacto craft knife will also work), magnets (business card magnets or pre-made 1-inch round ones), a baking pan (disposable and/or lined with aluminum foil), 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.

Preparing the Pot
Open the pot above the soft hand towel. Set the top aside.

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 5 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. Slide the thin tip of your knife alongside the pan and see if you can easily lift the pan out of the plastic insert. Don't force it! If the pan seems to be stuck, put it back in the oven for a minute or two and try again. There is often a lot of glue under the pan, and you want it to melt completely. Once the glue is fully melted, you should be able to lift the pan out very easily with your knife by sliding the knife beside and then under the pan. Remember that these eyeshadows are very delicate, and work with patience and caution.

The Pan is Out!
Here are your three pieces: the top and bottom of the pot, and the freshly-removed eyeshadow pan.

Removing the Label
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. I like to use the label off the bottom of the pot, since it's clearly printed. Since the pot has just spent several minutes in the oven, the adhesive holding the label in place should be softened. Holding the pot with your oven mitt, use your other hand to gently peel off the label. If it seems to be stuck, you can heat it for a minute in the oven or hold it near a candle. The glue left on the label should be enough to stick it to the magnet.

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 Rust.

Good luck!