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How I can calculate how much sodium hydroxide I need for a given amount of oils during soap making?

Based on this video Ι need 600 grams of oil in order to make soap using 80g of lye/sodium hydroxide (NaOH). But if I have less oil how can I calculate how much of NaOH I need in order for it to ...
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Convert an image into color coded pixels of given density [closed]

Hey guys I'm new to this channel and I just thought of an idea which could help people with no art background draw something very easily, is there any software or an online site which could convert an ...
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What can I use to reverse my lino print?

I am fairly new to lino cutting/ printing and currently using the relief printing technique. So far I only chose motives that don't need to be reversed when transferred during the printing process. ...
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Why are needles designed for sewing thick canvas or heavy leather three-edged?

Needles designed for sewing thick canvas or heavy leather (e.g. on a traditional sailing ship) have a triangular point, see example 1 and example 2. (These needles are sometimes also called “rigging ...
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Can I mold plastic (HDPE or LDPE) in silicone?

I've seen people molding plastic trash--like HDPE (from bottle caps, milk bottles...that type of thing) or plastic bags into a marbled solid plastic. But, in these videos most of them seem to be using ...
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How do I get quenching oil off of tool without cooling it?

I have a question about heat treating O1 tool steel. In this process the tool is heated, then quenched in oil, meaning the hot tool is plunged into a bath of oil that is normally preheated to about ...
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Would you recommend the use of pH paper so I can eyeball the ingredients during soap making?

Because of the variety of the soap recipes available, I would like to pour the lye/alkali/base solution in the oil mixture slowly and periodically check for pH so I can eyeball it with safety. As an ...
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What alternate alkali can I use instead of ashes and lye (sodium or potasium hydroxide solutions) for soap making?

Because either the sodium or potassium hydroxide used in soap making seems kinda dangerous and less forgiving in case I mess up on soap making, what other alkali I can use instead of that? Also due to ...
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Can I use a combination of milk and vegetable oil as fat source for soap making?

I thought of a soap "flavor" that smells like morning cofee. Therefore, I thought alongside the vegetable oil to use full fat milk as fat source. Would the strong base required also break ...
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Edge based platonic solid origami

A while ago I made a few origami platonic solids based on this video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TV7sbaffuNo I managed to find a way to modify the module to work for other platonic solids and not ...
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Is reverse stitching on a sewing machine always slower than forwards?

I've got a Bernina Activa 145, which I mainly use for bike luggage and outdoor gear. That means a fair bit of bar tacking webbing straps etc. If I keep exactly the same pressure on the pedal, and ...
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How do you use the perspective tool in clip studio paint? [migrated]

I am interested in drawing backgrounds for my web comic and would like to use the perspective ruler to help make 3 dimensional backgrounds. I haven’t found a lot of tutorials on this tool and have ...
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How much should I budget for a soft tipped clay sculpting tool?

I have been using hard tipped sculpting tools to crate parts and effects on Warhammer scale figures for a couple of years. I am looking to move to a much larger scale and I am looking for soft tipped ...
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What do I need to buy to run an airbrush on this compressor?

I've used airbrushes before, but only in art classes, so I know very little about them beyond using them to paint with. This is the compressor that I already own. I'd rather not buy another as I don't ...
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Crayola Air-Dry Clay Disintegrating Over the Years

I had been using crayola air-dry clay for some time to make sculptures. However, it seems after a few years the clay begins to disintegrate, if you will, with the clay gradually breaking out into a ...
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How do I color clear resin after it has hardened?

I want to 3d print some Christmas decorations that are semi transparent, and different colors. I could color the resin before I print, but as I want the decorations to be different colors this would ...
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Can I use Aquadur PU or Camlin Picture Varnish Oil color as a varnish for my acrylic paintings?

I have heard of Aquadur PU by Asian Paints and Camlin Picture Varnish Oil colors. Can I use them to seal my acrylic paintings?
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Varnish for Acrylic Painting [duplicate]

I was using the yellow wood varnishes, which are easily available in hardware stores, to seal my acrylic painting. They are cheap but the problem with them is that they leave yellowish shine which ...
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Can dried glitter be smoothed?

I glittered a poster board using Mod Podge. Now that it is dried I notice unevenness on it. Is there a way to smooth out dried glitter on a large poster board?
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Varnish for acrylic painting

I was using a yellow wood varnish which is readily available in hardware stores to seal my acrylic painting. They are cheap and good varnishes, but the problem with them is that they leave a yellowish ...
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How to handle disposal of paint? [duplicate]

I usually have a little mug or can that I dip my paintbrush in when I want to clean it, but I found out it is not allowed to pour it out in the sink because water colors and acrylic paint is toxic. It ...
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Instructions for cleaning felt slippers with leather soles & embroidery

Click for larger image These lovely slippers serve me well and are comfy and sturdy. But they are now dirty. Please can someone help me figure out the best way to clean them? They have a leather base ...
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What type of sewing machine is appropriate for making heavy fabric bags?

I've been making custom bags, purses and totes out of heavy cloth fabrics for the last several years and have been struggling with my two home sewing machines (Brother CS6000i and Janome HD3000). I ...
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How to attach a piece of paper to a paper surface that has been embossed

So I was trying to attach a piece of paper covered in hot glue to an embossed paper surface with hot glue, and it just kept falling off. Is there a better glue or better method to attach the paper to ...
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What brand/type of acrylic paints is recommended to paint ceramic pots without leaving brush marks?

Not sure if it's the brushes or the brand of acrylic paints (DecoArt or Martha Stewart Satin Finish) I use, but I'd like to achieve a smooth finish when I paint my ceramic pots.
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Are there pencil extenders for charcoal pencils?

I bought a pencil extender. It works great for graphite pencils, which are thinner. However, charcoal pencils are too thick for it. How can I use my charcoal pencils when they are too short to hold?
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Is DecoArt Standard Crafter's acrylic paint good for a concrete cockerel for outdoor use?

I was asked to paint a fair-sized concrete statue a year ago and have recently finished it. However, I didn't research the paint required in-depth, and as such have used standard, what I assume is ...
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Epoxy resin in the dishwasher

My husband accidentally placed a glass bowl with cured and maybe uncured epoxy resin in the dish washer. When the cycle was done there was no epoxy resin on any of the other dishes. But still,are all ...
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Imitating stingray-skin texture?

I am working on a Saihai-prop for a LARP and I want to wrap it in a way that imitates a Stingray skin on the handle. However some stingray skins can't be traded legally under the Washington treaty, so ...
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Restoring a dried-out cartridge brush pen

One of my all-time favorite drawing tools is the Pentel Pocket Brush pen, a cartridge brush pen ("fudepen") with a bristled tip instead of the more common flexible nylon tip. Unfortunately, ...
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Cleaning an oil painting paint transfer

I recently moved a large amount of oil paintings cross country in a trailer. They were stacked vertically, but a couple of paintings that were leaning face-to-face ended up transferring paint from one ...
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Strange furry results with airbrush

I'm doing plastic models, started airbrushing recently, had a "toy" compressor, I was happy with it, but it broke, and I'm trying got this new one. But somehow I'm getting this result, a ...
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Adhering felt to felt

I am making felt toy numberblock characters for my grandsons out of felt. What is the best adhesive to use to adhere the felt faces and arms onto the felt sewn blocks so they stay on?
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What does the gesture in art of the finger pointing upwards mean?

In paintings and sculptures, you can find people pointing up with their index finger. What does an artist or sculptor mean by this? By Raphael, The School of Athens (Public Domain) (source).
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Where to Get a Smooth Foam Mat for Crafts/Packaging?

I'm sure all of you have seen these interlocking mats: Credit: Amazon I make my own packaging for my artwork and use some stiff foam to hold everything together in the boxes I ship out. I am ...
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What materials can I use to make a cast for melting lead?

What materials can I use to make a cast for melting lead? And how would I make the cast?
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Mounting a stone for display

I have acquired a fossil stone that I would like to display - its 1.6kg, 30cm x 12cm (15cm at its widest). I was really after some ideas as to how to mount this - maybe perhaps on a wooden plinth but ...
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Desk Pencil Sharpener - what's the purpose of the feeding arm?

Pretty minor - but it puzzles me. All desk pencil sharpeners I've encountered have a spring triggered "feeding arm" (see image where the arm is extended). What's its purpose? I can sharpen ...
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Can I mix acrylic paint into liquid latex rubber?

I have an issue similar to outlined in Can I mix acrylic paints into resin? I have a bottle of natural liquid latex rubber, the kind that dries in the air. Can I add acrylic paint to make coats with ...
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Okay to use a wire-brush on angle grinder to remove rust?

I found this old hammer head and I'm trying to restore it. I've had some luck removing the rust with 40 grit sandpaper and a sander but I'm going to need to get into those grooves and though that a ...
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When should I cut fabric with scissors, rotary cutter, or knife?

Inspired by Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric? I started thinking. I tend to cut fabric with scissors, or occasionally a scalpel (x-acto knife) on a cutting mat. I used to have a rotary cutter, ...
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Can a pizza cutter cut through fabric?

As can be seen in this video, a CNC machine uses a cutting wheel in order to cut through fabric. That tool resembles a pizza cutter. So can a pizza cutter cut through fabric? If so, what kind of ...
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How can I identify/select a foam for stiffening a bag (buying online)?

I've started making my own bike luggage. The first is a simple zipped frame bag, unlined. Now that's finished successfully I want to make a full length toptube bag. Because these sit on top of the ...
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How to get a smooth and glossy professional finish on plastic?

Whenever I do a project with plastic I find that no matter how hard I try (light layers, long cure times) it's always obvious that it's a DIY paint job. How can I achieve a glossy finish like in this ...
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How do I prevent pencil colour drawings from fading away while I'm still drawing it?

This is one of my main problems. I've been working on quite a detailed sculpture drawing which would take time. I've already coloured the pillars, but while I'm drawing the main temple above it, the ...
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What are these pants designs called?

If you watch the opening of this video, you’ll see a child actor riding a donkey. He is wearing a white henley shirt and some type of overall pants with a single strap. https://youtu.be/ArZK6aneeKg ...
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Are these fabric scissors?

I am new to sewing. I have a box of old sewing stuff (+ other stuff) from an older relative, which includes the two pairs of scissors below. Sewing tutorials say you need to use fabric scissors to cut ...
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What drawbacks would there be in drawing miniaturized patterns in a vector-image program and then scaling them up?

As a means of making demo sewing patterns I was thinking of making them with the use a program such as Inkscape and then scaling them up. My idea is to use small scale designs, so I can rough them out ...
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How I can protype clothes without making them fullsize?

Recently, I came up with some ideas for clothes as gifts. But instead of making them full size and potentially wasting money, I thought of making some prototypes first as a means of displaying them ...
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How I can design a skirt pattern without taking measurements?

I am thinking of making a skirt as a birthday gift for my sister. Therefore taking measurements seems kinda impossible. So is it recommended to use size charts in order to make the pattern instead, ...

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