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How can I tie a tight knot?

I'm working on making some chimes, which involves tying a (tuned) piece of metal to a piece of wood fairly tightly - ideally, so that there is always a gentle force pulling the chime together with the ...
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Where can I find/make paintable opaque green domes?

I've been looking for an item I need which is a hollow hemisphere with outer diameter of ~25 mm. Ideally, I'd like them in green, but I can only find them in clear. Do these sorts of domes exist in ...
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Does a gauge recommendation refer to pre- or post-washing dimensions?

I'm following this pattern to make a sweater. For the gauge requirement, it states: 17 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches in Seed Stitch Then the schematic shows the front/back panels having a width ...
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How can I draw and color like the Japanese do? [on hold]

I want to draw anime or manga authentically like how Japanese do it
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Use of white watercolour paint

I've been starting out with watercolours, and have been wondering what the purpose of white paint is. The best way to make something white is to never paint on it in the first place, and other ...
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What are some tips to figure out what to draw? [on hold]

I struggle with deciding what to draw- I like to use markers- mostly Copic. Sometimes even prompts don’t work. What are some strategies for coming up with ideas for what to draw?
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How to polish indentations in soapstone

Recently I carved a little pig out of soapstone and made him look like he was hairy (pigs are covered in bristly hair, you know). Now, I found a wonderful article about how to polish soapstone, and ...
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Binding variously sized pages into a book

I have a bunch of paper memorabilia which would like to bind into a book. The challenge is that there are two types of pages, each type having a slightly different size; and the pages interleave. I ...
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How long does invisible lemon ink last?

I tried searching for this online, but after a few minutes I couldn't find a conclusive answer. Does anyone know how long it lasts? That is if I write a message in lemon on a piece of paper, keep it ...
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How can I secure stiff fabric to wood without risking ripping and without adhesives?

I am planning a project using simple 1" x 2" pieces of wood and attaching a length of textile between the planks. The wood will be about 12 inches long, and the fabric will go from long-edge to long ...
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Glue for polystyrene

I want to glue together several sheets of polystyrene (just a prototype / research project). I choose extruded polystyrene for its extra strength compared to expanded. However, I am not sure sure ...
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DIY galvanize copper on stainless steel?

For a little project, I would like to oxidize or galvanize stainless steel. So far I figured out, that it is not really possible to oxidize stainless steel yourself at home. There for I had the idea ...
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Which glue works for acrylic painted slate and mdf

I have used acrylic paint on broken used roofing slate and have tried to attach mdf cutouts with a hot glue gun and then pva glue but neither adheres. Is there a glue which would stick the slate and ...
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Is a blanket stitch doable for first-time knitters?

I have a fair amount of crocheting experience but no knitting experience whatsoever; I want to make something for my cousin’s new baby in time for Christmas, and I think a nice, simple baby blanket ...
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What paint should I use to make a portrait glow in the dark?

I want to surprise my friend with a portrait painting of his image that will be glowing in the dark but don't know what paint to use. Any help please?
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What's the name of a concept where objects take on forms out of different things?

I think the title is the most proper question that could come up in my mind, as for an example - take a look at 2014 ESC postcards: or this: Thanks in advance!
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What are distinct facial features that should be considered while drawing an Indian and Caucasian teenage girl?

What are the distinctive features in the face of an Indian and Caucasian teenage girl which makes them distinct from each other? I'm a beginner artist struggling to draw two distinct adult girl ...
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What are alternatives to creating a marble floor?

The tomb-full marble floor of St John's Co-Cathedral in Malta is breathtaking. How can I create something similar to a marble floor or floor fresco, and protect it in a large room that will be ...
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How can I keep my paint brushes long lasting?

I am not a trained artist.My paint brushes are getting damage easily after finishing one or two creations.Below I have added the images of the brush that I am using now.I do not know what are best ...
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What fabric can I use for these clothes?

(The picture bellow is from a costume on-line shopping[ https://www.buycostumes.com/products/mens-steampunk-gentleman-costume ]. I don't want the exactly same thing, but it's close enough.) I don't ...
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Adding canvas texture on a drawing in photoshop [migrated]

Hi, It’s a part of Simon Stalenhag’s work. when you look into it closely, you can see the texture behind colors. I thought he’s using a canvas textured brush but I think it’s not. When we use textured ...
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Trying to find specific embossed grid paper

I had a notebook a long time ago that was a dotted grid on each page, but the individual dots were embossed, so I could feel the texture of the dots. I used it for a lot of sketches, and I have a few ...
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Can a wool coffee cozy sustain high temperatures?

I drink coffee after boiling water and mixing it in the mug. The mug stays hot for a while and then I start drinking it. I have been crocheting for a while and I thought I might as well make a coffee ...
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Reviving wool from possible moth damage

I tried hard to find a relevant stackexchange site for this question and this seemed closest. I have a wool winter jacket that has been stored over summer and on pulling it out of the closet I ...
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What kind of glue should I use to create a perfect bound paperback?

I'm an amateur typographer. Until now, I've always printed various sizes of prints, flyers, saddle stitch, and so on. I would like to move to small perfect bound paperbacks. However, I don't know ...
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DIY acrylic lamp engraving problem

I've been trying to make an acrylic lamp for a while - in short: engrave a piece of acrylic, and then put LED strip under it to light it up - but ran into some problems. As you can see in the image, ...
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I want to paint in acrilic using the drawing attatched as a reference or is it better to start painting in over the drawing to improve learning?

I did the drawing above in pencil. How to start to paint it in acrylic? I want to paint it in acrilic. Should I use the drawing attatched as a reference or is it better to start painting in over the ...
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The term for drawing someone pointing at an object to attract attention to the object

In paintings, you often see drawings of people pointing at things. This is sometimes the painter's way of attracting the audience's attention to whatever is being pointed at. Is there a name for this ...
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How can I make paper look old without wetting it?

I want to make paper look aged and then print on it a picture, I tried with coffee but the results were bad, the picture quality is poor on the coffee paper compared with the white paper, the colors ...
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What are the different types of pencils used to make pencil drawing? [duplicate]

Although I am not a trained artist, I have heard about different types of pencils for making a pencil drawing.I do not know much about it and also why it so( HB pencils).I like to know more about it ...
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How to know the size of a particular layer in Krita? [migrated]

I have a Krita file with a layer on it. I want to know the size of it. How can I achieve this?
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What is the spiral-looking device shown in this wall painting? [migrated]

A colleague found this wall painting. We are sure about the elements related to mining and the divining rods. But we've got no clue for the spiral element that seems to be operated by two people. For ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of both sides of chart paper for drawing or painting? [closed]

I have noticed how two surfaces of chart paper are different from each other: one is rough while the other is smooth. I am getting different opinions about choosing which side is more suitable for ...
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How to ferment green indigo powder to make it blue

I have bought indigo powder to color my soaps blue (cold/hot process saponification). Unfortunately I received something which color is closer to match than blue jeans... After some internet research ...
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What are the technical terms/techniques involved in sewing “paper bag” like bags?

I was wondering if anyone knows the technical terminology for the various techniques/strategies/stitches used in the following pictures? It looks like each panel in the first picture are separate ...
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Trying to Identify Stone Statue [closed]

I was given this statue at an estate sale and have no idea what it is or where it is from. Any help would be appreciated. Update: I did some googling and it seems to look like Mayan stone.
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Can I make primer from student grade acrylics?

I want to start painting board game miniatures. I do not want to take it to some crazy level with expensive setups, paints and tools. I have seen some tutorials involving basic acrylic paints which I ...
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Glue for shoe soles

I'm looking for a very strong glue to stick the sole onto the bottom of a running shoe without destroying anything. I know some strong glues can be quite destructive. The shoes are Salomon SpeedCross ...
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Is there a website for drop-in life drawing sessions?

I draw people from life whenever and wherever I can. But it's tough to find drop-in life drawing sessions when I'm traveling. Is there a website or database or mailing list for drop-in life drawing ...
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What papers are suitable for markers?

I am planning on using markers for a drawing. As I have never used markers, I lack knowledge about them. Is it okay to use them on normal drawing paper, or should I use sketch paper?
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Effective ways to practice drawing anatomy?

What are some effective methods to practice drawing anatomy, preferably in 15-30 minute time increments? Looking for ways to structure a session of practice effectively.
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Staining vs Transparent Watercolor Paints

I was at a life drawing session and one of the artists mentioned that I should avoid using staining watercolors but instead use transparent watercolors because transparent watercolors could be cleanly ...
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How to crop large format paper

I've got drawings and other art on 18x24 inch and larger format papers. How can I inexpensively crop these papers so that the edges are straight and the corners perfectly right angled? ...
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Blend colors with markers

I have experience with drawing with color pencils, water colors and pastel. Now I want to try it with markers. As I am a newbie to markers, I have lack of knowledge about those.I need to know is it ...
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How to give a mitt knit in the round a pointy finish?

I'm trying to recreate a certain style of historical mitts: Click here for bigger image. I have worked from the bottom edge (at the ellbow) up in the round and are now at the point where I need to ...
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Something against hand pain due to writing?

I sometimes write for hours per day (calligraphy), and my hand starts hurting because of holding the pen for so long. Is there a solution to this problem, e.g. some kind of glove or pen-strap that ...
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Painting a backpack

I'm planning to paint something on my 'Naugahyde leather' backpack. What type of paint should I use for that? I have already tried it with fabric paint, but it got smudged after a couple of days.
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What sort of fabric could be used for this costume?

I want to make a astronaut costume but I have no idea what fabrics I should use. I would like fabrics that resemble rubber, shiny vinyl that has no texture, and fabric that is good for putting lights ...
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How Do I Save This Shirt

This is the shirt I purchased when I was heavier: I was able to slim the sides. Unfortunately, fixing the shoulders was a train-wreck (now I've learned the hard way: I need to take-in the shoulders) ...
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What is the best adhesive for litmus paper in scrapbooking

There is a seller on eBay who offers litmus paper background paper for scrapbooking and card making. The litmus paper looks kind of like vellum in that it is semi-transparent. This is what it ...

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