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Attach ring shaped bead for use as toggle clasp

I'm making a necklace from ring shaped beads, which have two holes through which the beading wire runs diametrically (similar to these). While all other rings will be filled with other beads, I'd like ...
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Solutions or suggestions for removing and preserving label from canned good?

Does anybody have any solutions/suggestions for removing a paper label, whole and undamaged, from a metal can? About the only thing I can think of is heat to try to soften, if possible, the glue. (...
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Plastic sheet for drawing to prevent smudging

I've seen countless graphite/pencil artists use a transparent plastic sheet that they place their hand on to prevent smudging of the picture they draw. Exactly what is this called, and can you buy ...
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My grandma's fingers are becoming too old for knitting. What alternatives are there?

My grandma is getting old. She loves her knitting and needlework. Especially with less visitors coming to her retirement home in Covid times, it keeps up her spirits. But now she tells me her fingers ...
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Art genre of objects that look different from different angles

Is there a name for the genre of making objects that look different from different angles (a kind of illusion)> For example the following cases: Circle & Square Tensorflow logo I am not sure ...
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What is the best castable material similar to EVA foam?

I tried a few Polytek 2-part mixtures to make expanded PU foams in the density range of 8LB per cuft. These are still too soft as I am trying to achieve the firmness and surface feel of a yoga block (...
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How do I draw a very short human without making them look like a child?

I don't have an extremely realistic artstyle, so I fear that whenever I try to draw my very short character, they'll just look like a toddler in comparison to the others. What can I do to prevent this?...
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Are you supposed to oil the upper thread tension discs on a sewing machine?

I am getting erratic behavior when I adjust the upper thread tension knob on my sewing machine. For example, no matter how slowly I adjust it, it's either too loose or too tight. Or during sewing the ...
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Fastening thin pieces of wood with a flat profile

I have a great idea for a geometric lampshade that I would like to build. Think of something roughly resembling a geodesic dome. It will be made of individual triangular panels of roughly the ...
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Is there an odorless alternative to hemp cord?

I really like using hemp twine to make bracelets but I hate the smell. Is there a an odorless twine that is similar in look and feel?
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Clothes snap cover

I'm not sure if this is the right site to put this on, so if there is a better place to ask this, please let me know. I wear overalls and keep my phone in the chest pocket. My problem is that the male ...
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When making tabletop gaming scenery, how can I make PU foam more dent resistant?

When making tabletop gaming scenery from foam tiles (for example: XPS insulation tiles, or generic polyurethane foam sheets brought from a hobby store), is there a good way to make it more resistant ...
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Can I reuse sculpting clay that is very old?

I have some clay that I used some 10 years ago. Now it is hard and dry. Can I reuse it by adding water?
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Is there a way to make a U-bend using a Hossfeld type bender?

I want to make the following bend in 3/16" or 1/4" x 1.5" steel flat stock: The problem is that on most bench type benders, I don't think you can do two opposing bends like this. I ...
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Can a home made silicone mould that's still tacky after 24 hours be salvaged, or is it a complete loss?

I've been making moulds using an off the shelf two part silicone compound. I've made a mistake with one mould and while it's solid the surface is still tacky after 24 hours. Is there anything that I ...
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What do you call two identical shapes overlapping to form a perfect square or circle?

What do you call two identical shapes overlapping to form a perfect square or circle? These are simple examples; I want more complicated examples or the name of this type of art. I'm looking for a ...
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Can you use a standard ceramic kiln to melt bronze for casting?

I'm starting a home foundry, based in the UK to make small metal casts in aluminium and bronze - practicing with aluminium and moving on to bronze once I've got the skills and equipment set up right. ...
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What is Goldline? Is it a paper? A manufacturer?

I often see/have owned sketchbooks from various brands that are described as 'Goldline'. What is Goldline? Is it a type of paper? A specific weight? A manufacturer?
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Binding a book against the grain

I have stack of nice paper, but it runs against the grain, when used for handbook binding. When binding, the paper grain needs to be parallel to the book binding edge. What happens if a book is bound ...
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Do oil pastel pencils exist?

I'm new to oil pastels. I was wondering if there was such a thing as oil pastel pencils. I thought I saw them during a Google search. But now all I can find are hard pastels.
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Which pencil is easier to erase: 2B or HB

I'm buying new pencils (all of the paint has flaked off of them so I don't know if they are 2B or HB), and I'm wondering which pencil lines are easier to erase. I googled it but all of the answers ...
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Simple as possible DIY box for making silicone molds

I want to use liquid silicone to make several simple moulds, which I will then use to make resin casts. My aim is to mass produce a custom miniature base, that I originally 3D printed, in two part ...
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How do you make a Noteboard?

I'm interested in making a Noteboard. It is a whiteboard that folds to pocket size. The image shows what's sold as a bundle of the whiteboard in the background plus a carrying pouch and some dry-...
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Is sketching a drawing skill? And can I use drawing exercises to develop my sketching skill?

I want to know if sketching is a drawing skill, and if can I use drawing exercises to develop my sketching skill.
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Can I use a hair dryer to remove bubbles from casting resin?

Instructions on resin casting with silicone moulds frequently say to use a long necked lighter on the surface of two part epoxy casting resin to remove bubbles. If I am in an environment where naked ...
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Adding a guy rope point mid-panel to a tarp, how should I sew to minimise the risk of tearing?

I have a lightweight bike-camping setup that involves a coated nylon tarp over the bike. I'd like to add some guys to improve the shape and stability, but this will require stitching attachment ...
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How can I seal a photograph inside a block of resin?

Is there a simple way of coating or encapsulating a photograph so that I can set it inside a block of two part transparent epoxy casting resin? The photograph is from one of those print your own photo ...
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Rock Tumble Epoxy

I would like to reuse the waste material I have from trimming and grinding quartz and I had the idea of mixing the material with epoxy, shaping it, and then putting it into a rock tumbler. Will a rock ...
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How to start/end a cluster of 5 cross-stitches in 2/3 colors, that's not adjacent to any other part of the pattern?

I've recently been gifted a small cross-stitch project kit, and learning how to do it has mostly been easy, just following the instructions that came with the kit: Tuck in ends (you can do that for ...
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How do I bring the grain out on soft wood?

I'm going to make some small scale props and accessories using soft wood. Possibly balsa or popsicle sticks. I want to make the grain swell up and come out so that it can be dry-brushed. Essentially ...
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What is the maximum amount of time I should leave between resin layer?

I want to set micro diorama using tabletop gaming pieces in clear resin. I will put in an opaque base layer for the ground. Set up a scene on top of it and then fill this second layer with clear resin,...
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Will two-part epoxy casting resin melt Lego?

I want to create a custom two-part epoxy resin sculpture of a robot, with Lego Technic inside as a skeleton. Will the resin get so hot it will melt the plastic?
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Silk clothes for active daily wear - reasonable or not?

I'm interested in making clothing for a rugged, outdoor environment, and using silk for this purpose. I am used to silk being used for luxury goods which are very difficult to maintain. Although I ...
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Airbrush is spitting, uneven droplets of paint, can hear the air spluttering?

I'm a new airbrush user with my first generic brand airbrush for practicing with before I commit to a more expensive model. Recently my airbrush has started making a spluttering sound when I apply ...
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Fracture filling a citrine gemstone

Long story short, the gem was dropped on a stone tile floor and cracked pretty badly. The gem was cracked on the inside before but now a few of those cracks run to the surface and a little chip can ...
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What is the best base to use for luminous paint?

I have luminous powders from ebay, those containing europium and glowing in various colors in the dark after being charged with visible or ultraviolet light. I would like to make them into paint by ...
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Can you make custom color change mugs where the disappearing ink is any image you choose?

I have an idea that involves a color changing mug that has one image before you put coffee in, and another after you put the coffee in. However all of the custom mugs I’ve seen to order have only ...
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Can two-part epoxy casting resin be diluted?

I want to make several resin casts using a featureless spherical silicon mold. The mold only has a diameter of 6 cm (think paperweight or billiard ball with a tabletop miniature sealed inside), but I'...
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Detergent residue on the surface before painting - how bad is it?

Before painting a small item (think of a plastic model), I wash it in soapy water to remove oily fingerprints etc. Most commonly I use diluted dishwashing liquid. From experience, washing is important,...
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What does a picture of swirled fabric tell me about the fabric

I'm new to sewing and have not handled fabric before. When I go to store pages on the internet, the shop keepers and reviewers often post a picture of a big piece of fabric swirled with assumable two ...
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Is there a good low toxicity / food safety clear casting material?

I need to cast some plastic resin into the wood, such as to make a cutting board, where the resin is minimally toxic. (For the moment, let's ignore the toxicity of the wood itself.) I have used the &...
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Reshaping ear climber back to fit larger ears

I have this pair of ear climbers - https://www.etsy.com/listing/257143616/tiny-dagger-stud-earrings-dagger-stud The piece here is slightly too short for my ears (the angled part just barely doesn't ...
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How to mold outer shoe sole to the shape of my feet without using a last?

I'm currently sewing my first pair of shoes. They are made of fabric only (no leather, cork or other materials) and a commercial foam insole for comfort. I have covered the insole with matching lining ...
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How to cross-stitch finely on a T-shirt

I would like to cross stitch a 100x50 point design onto a T-shirt, but I'd like it to be small (4x2 inches approximately). This leaves me with a 25 count per inch design. Ideally, I'd like to use ...
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How to create a luminescent (glowing) effect with a crystal ball and LEDs?

As part of a DIY electronics project, I want to use LEDs to create a glowing effect with a crystal ball. I found a perfectly clear crystal ball that looks exactly like this: I tried combining it with ...
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Glue for sticking wool to wool?

Can anyone recommend glue for sticking wool to wool? This is for a small, stationary, non-load-bearing, long-term application for an indoor, non-heated environment. It doesn't need to move around or ...
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What is this tool (looking like half a birds beak on a shaft with a handle) for?

Found this tool while cleaning out a workshop close to the sea, but what is it for and what's its name? I've guessed it's something for knotting, but can't find a reference on how to use it (it might ...
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Is there a known method to track perspective without guidelines, other than experience?

I'm aware of the Brewer method for starters, but other information would be helpful.
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How should I maintain a carved wood panel

I bought this wood carving several years ago from a vintage/antique housewares and decor store. At least one of the cracks pre-dates my purchase but I don't think all of them do. Additionally, it just ...
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What happened to this book?

Is what happened a rare anomaly or common? (Apologies if this is the wrong substack; I couldn't find a more relevant one.)

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