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Beginner Question: How would I cut this shape out of 6061 Aluminum?

I have 36" of Aluminum 6061 square bar (5/8"x5/8") that I am trying to cut into uniform I-shapes shown below where two parallel 2" x 1/8" x 5/8" sections are cut from the ...
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Clickbank the way? [closed]

Hello first to let it be known My name is Tanya, my daughter is 8yrs old. She's so talented when it comes to drawing, & painting. I want her to believe in herself and what she creates, with that ...
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Strong lightweight material for an art and craft tray

I teach art and would like to make some strong 14"x 12" trays that the kids could easily carry and that can be easily washed. These are high school age kids and primarily sophomores to ...
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What purpose do these airbrush accessories serve and how does their use\effect differ?

What is the difference between these airbrush accessories in terms of how they would be used and the effect that they produce when spraying. Numbered 1 to 7 from top left to bottom right. I'm looking ...
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How to make something look covered in soil, with out risk of staining/marking

For our wedding we are going for a very light 'alice in wonderland' theme, which includes a 'down the rabbit hole' table where we would like guests to drop their well wishes in. The table will be ...
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Can a half full rattle can with no propellant have any practical uses in art or craft?

Can a rattle can that's half full of paint, but from which all of the propellant has leaked out, be used for anything other than a paperweight? For example, can the paint be extracted and used in some ...
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Laser cutter engraving when it should be cutting

Why is my laser cutter trying to engrave super thin lines that it should be cutting?
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Method to fixate charcoal on an oil painting

I often work with the specular properties of my paintings. Since charcoal gives me a more matte black than almost any (combination of something with) black oil paint could, I at times want to use it ...
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Materials for inflatable structure

I want to make a sizeable inflatable structure about 15'x 15' with a height of around 15'. I want to extend my classroom's workspace during certain times on various days. I need some help with ...
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Sulfite drawing paper is different shades on each side [closed]

strong text I am trying to figure out why one side of the paper is different then the other. Any ideas?
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What kind of adhesive is this?

A number of online videos show making an air dry clay, often used with a silicone embellishment mold. The ingredients are starch, a little oil, and a clear, one-part liquid adhesive. Here's an ...
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Direction of light in a dark painting?

I have been working on this piece for several days now. With this specific piece, I am looking for a mix of both renaissance halo and a expressionist feel. It has been problematic because I think the ...
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How to avoid gaps between stitches in crocheted clothes

When I crochet something, I always end up with gaps in between my stitches, leading to a sort of open-weave effect. That's fine for baggy cardigans and the like, but for tops, dresses, skirts, etc, I'...
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Collapsible sculpture

Question: I want to make a human-shaped sculpture, that will have string or rope coming out of it and that string will be tied to something, which will make that string tight and keep the sculpture in ...
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How could I make a twisted cuboid sculpture like this?

I saw a decorative vase or sculpture shaped like what I can best describe as a silver twisted cuboid, please see this 3D model for what I'm talking about: https://skfb.ly/ouSsD The horizontal cross ...
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What's that tool for knitting, stitching or sewing?

During clearing out the home of my deceased parents, I found some plates which are tools for either knitting, stitching or sewing. First I thought they were part of the knitting machine Brother KH-588,...
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Old Trunk Preservation vs Restoration

I’ve an old trunk which is covered on the outside with paper or maybe thin printed canvas. Parts of paper are flaking off. I am seeking preservation rather that replacing the paper. I want to keep the ...
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Safety of propane storage for lampwork

A lot of the guidance on lampwork insists that propane should be stored outside, but I don't quite get the logic of this. If the tank is outside, then you need a hard pipe, with all that that entails. ...
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No paint coming through airbrush

I inherited a rather old Iwata Revolution a while ago, which should be a big step up from my much more basic one. However, after some initial success and then a break, I'm struggling to get it to work....
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Can I continue/restart firing kiln after error

What is the best thing to do after an error mid-firing? Background: I started a cone 6 glaze firing (honyaki) this morning in the hope I could beat the outside temperature (predicted to get to 31°C (...
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Looking for advice on making an electric furnace that can handle 10kg/22lb of aluminium [closed]

Can anyone recommend a method/tutorial for building an electric furnace that has the capacity to handle around 10kg/22lb of aluminium?
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Which chemical/ substance could help make fractals in acrylic paint on glass?

I'm doing an art project which involves a chemical reaction (ideally available easily like alcohol, bleach, acetone etc). I'm using acrylic paint/ ink on glass. I want my painting to have fractals, ...
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What kind of laser cutter is required to cut 3mm plywood

What should I look for in a laser cutter intended to cut 3mm plywood with the aim of making custom shelves to display painted miniatures or to make the base structure for table top gaming. For example,...
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What is the proper name for the material that these cheap displays stands are made from?

What would I need to search for online to get the type of wood that is used to make these budget displays stands? Does it have a proper name or description?
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What kind of properties to look for in the rubber that is used in the midsole of shoes or sandals?

Below is the anatomy of a sandal: The midsole is found in shoes, too, and I think that they serve the same purpose. Question: What are the properties that should exist in a midsole for daily casual ...
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Can I paint with acrylics over household gloss paint (oil-based)?

My daughter decided she wanted to making something out of wood, and the resulting wagon for toys is being painted with leftover household gloss paint in various colours (mainly by me as it's "...
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Are case-bound books sized to the number of pages they contain?

Context for this question is that we're thinking of using a hard-cover book as a guestbook for an upcoming wedding. We would be putting polaroid pictures inside this guestbook. The hard-cover book is ...
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How to take the measurements of a plus-sized woman?

I'd like to make some clothes designed for my wife, who is plus-sized. I understand the basics of bust, waist, high hip, hip, but I've never taken measurements before. The differences I can see from ...
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How to blend black to grey for dark paintings?

I am new to oil paintings and I have found that black is very difficult to work with. I’d like to do some dark/goth paintings but I’m having trouble making the black blend to grey. The transition ...
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Any quenching tips for 1090 steel?

I have a rasp that no longer works and I found out it's made of 1090 steel, and want to use it to make a tomahawk, but I can't find the proper temperature for quenching. In case that's important: I ...
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How can i fix my twist pen that no longer extends the point?

My twist pen was working just fine until I put it up to do something and came back to start again. Now when I twist, it has no stop and the point won't come out. There is no turning friction when I ...
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What is holding this geode together and how?

I have a nice geode sample that is sadly structurally unsound, and I am looking for a solution to make it sturdier so I don't run as much of a risk of it breaking on me. I have a separate geode that ...
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How do I thicken acrylic model paint in a consistent manner?

I have several model paints that I use for miniature painting which I need to use in order to maintain color consistency. In their natural state they are too thin for my taste. Almost like an ink or a ...
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Is laminating books with adhesive plastic film a bad idea (and why)?

An earlier question, How can I laminate with contact paper without leaving bubbles?, asked about covering books with adhesive contact paper, presumably to provide some protection. The image in the ...
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Crochet A Round Disc

I want to crochet a disc like object. Really, I want to make a lemon slice. However, I can't figure out how to make the disc flat, and not rounded. I'm not sure if I need to make my decreasing/...
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Crochet Half Sphere/Ball

I want to crochet a half sphere. I can crochet a ball, no problem (I'm crocheting in the round, by the way). However, I can't find any (readable) patterns for a half-ball (meaning a ball cut in half). ...
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Pepakura viewer doesn't print the whole template

I have an EVA Pattern that I need to put together before May 19th, but Pepakura viewer doesn't properly print out the template. It gives me a partial template, with the rest of the needed parts ...
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What is the name of this kind of mechanism?

What is the name of this folding canopy mechanism where arc-shaped spines are hinged around a central pivot?: I have googled high and low and coming up blank... feel like I'm missing a vital keyword! ...
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How can I get a 120 degree angle with crochet chains?

I am trying to make the edge of a diamond with chains in crochet with no stitches in the center of the diamond but I am unsure of the best way to get a 120 degree angle turn with only chains. I am ...
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What measurements should I request from people when crocheting custom made-to-order swimwear?

I am familiar with standard measurements like bust, cup, and hip/waist measurements but are there any other standard measurements that should be taken into account when crocheting custom swimwear? I ...
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Is GSM a "constant" unit irrespective of what the paper is intended to be used for?

I just bought a 260 GSM photo paper (it is used to get photographs printed). But I was really surprised to find out that it feels thinner as compared to my 250 GSM art papers. I expected that it would ...
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Appropriate diagrams for styles of lingerie/swimwear tops and bottoms?

This may be a bit of an odd question but I am a male crocheter who is trying to make lingerie and swimwear. I am wanting a diagram that shows various styles of bottoms and tops along with their ...
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What material(s) I can use to make this kind "hard" waterproof board at home?

I need to make L plates (it is used for learner motorcycle riders in many countries) at home. Previously, I made it using a thick 250 gsm paper. I got L printed on it. But with time it faded and when ...
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Tips for working with yarn that splits easily?

I just started crocheting with a medium weight Viscose, Polyester, Nylon blend yarn and it likes to split a lot while I'm doing front post and back post double crochets as well as some other stitches. ...
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Is it yarn that makes a product stretchy or the type of stitch?

I am currently working on a project that uses back loop only single crochets and my yarn is 100% acrylic. The project is super stretchy and I am wondering if it is the stitch or the yarn or both that ...
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What types of yarn are best for swimwear?

I'm simply wondering if there are any types of yarn that hold up well in water? Or should crocheted swimwear not be used for actually swimming?
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What technique has been used for this illustration?

This is a package from a swiss brand called Geigy. It’s made in the 60s. What technique has been used to create the ant would you say?
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Is there such a thing as a refillable porous point pen?

I'm wondering if there's such a thing as a refillable porous point pen. To clarify: By refillable, I mean from bulk ink, like a fountain pen, not where you reuse the pen body and replace both the ...
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Jammed lead in mechanical pencil: how to expel?

I have a mechanical pencil (Mephisto 0,3) which has been clogged for a while now. This pencil model doesn't feature a 'cleaning rod'. Looking into the front piece of the pencil I can see something is ...
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How to care for large epoxy tables and counters?

There are many fascinating videos and pictures of people creating gorgeous tables and kitchen counters from epoxy resin. I'm planning on making such a table for myself, but it got me thinking: Is ...
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