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How were these tiles made?

I bought a box of various 2"x2" Mexican tiles to create a backsplash behind my oven: What I want to do, is to make some of my own tiles to mix in - tiles that don't "stick out" as ...
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Can I repair a single broken signature of an old book?

I have an old Bible which has broken sewing in one signature. Can I repair it without taking all the sewing apart?
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Can someone tell me the purpose of this multi-tool?

I just got this in the mail (see picture below). I’m just not sure if it’s a good idea to give it to my 14 year old (at the time of his next birthday) nephew. In the mean time, could someone tell me ...
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Name of pressure button lock used in ring boxes

I am trying to make a ring box and I am having trouble finding these type of button locks: This is a type of button lock usually made in brass used in manufacturing ring boxes and an example of its ...
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Do you know the name of this knot?

Can you tell me the name of this knot, please? Thank you.
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Caring for Kneaded Erasers

How does one keep a kneaded eraser "healthy"? They say things like "don't let it lay on the carpet," what else do I have to do? Is there proper way to store it and how long will a ...
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Glue for printed vinyl banner

Hey guys I have purchased a large printed vinyl banner. 3050mm x 766mm. Due to cost reasons I now want to glue this banner to a sign which is aluminium and it looks like it is coated, maybe plastic or ...
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Which is warmer for slipper socks—wool or acrylic?

I've read a bunch of pages for what seems like a simple question but haven't been able to find a definitive answer. My main confusion comes from the (in my newbie mind) conflicting statement, where ...
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What do I use to outline a sketch when I want to watercolour it after?

What is the best thing to outline a sketch with when you're going to use watercolour afterwards? Pencil Sharpie thick point Sharpie Fine point Regular black pen Black colour pencil
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Best Pen for Maths? [closed]

I'm a maths undergrad and I am looking for a very smooth pen that's good for speed writing symbols and iterations (like a pencil?). Uniball Air Micro and Elite Vision both seem to have some good ...
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Do I have to lower the foot and needle when my sewing machine is not in use?

My mom insists than whenever I don't use a sewing machine, I have to put a piece of scrap fabric under the sewing foot, lower the foot and move the needle all the way down. This is supposedly true for ...
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Drying properties of corn starch paste

In bookbinding different glues are used and the choice depends on their drying properties. From what I have read wheat starch paste is the traditional way to go. I want to produce my own paste and ...
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Why are there air bubbles in my tubes of watercolor paint?

I'm opening new paint tubes for watercolors, and about 50% of the time, the paint starts gushing out slowly. I then hear a few pops. This would be okay if it only happens once when I open the bottle. ...
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How do I identify good quality paper for charcoal drawing?

How do I identify paper that's good for charcoal? By "good", I'm referring to characteristics like how charcoal behaves on it, how fixative applies to the paper, durability, yellowing, etc. ...
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Maintaining/improving drawing skills without having the time to draw

I'm at school, and my days are busy, I can't draw and do homework at the same time, and my greatest fear is that I lose my drawing skills since I'm looking for scholarships. I mainly work with ...
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Using SculptCrete/ShapeCrete in a gel-like form?

ShapeCrete (now discontinued) and SculptCrete (which has less videos) are marketed as concrete that works like clay, but sometimes it is used in a wetter gel-like consistency (as seen in the ...
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What is the following pattern called?

😊 I very much like this kind of pattern and I would like to recreate it or buy fabric which already has this pattern. If you need to see the pattern at different angles then you can find more photos ...
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Restoring a wooden box with metal inlay

I have a couple of small wooden boxes with metal inlay that I would like to restore. The wood was originally black and the metal silver in colour, but the black has faded and the metal has corroded. ...
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What is the difference between poly poplin fabric and cotton poplin fabric?

I am considering purchasing a custom pillow and the poly poplin is much cheaper than the cotton poplin. Since it's online I'm am wondering how noticeable the difference is. I am also wondering if ...
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How to get rid of varnish smell and how dangerous is it? [closed]

I have a model steam engine (several years old) and it has a glossy finish, presumably some kind of varnish. It certainly smells like that kind of oily varnish smell when one gets close it. Should I ...
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How do I get a perfect finish to hair clips painted with acrylic paint?

I painted on top of a hair clip using acrylic paints. It looks nice but not as nice as store bought hair clips. I'm looking for a glossy finish that would make it look nice and also protect from ...
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A way to efficiently and effectively combine papers for musical scores

I printed out some sheet music and would like to combine the pages. Currently I use tape and I cut the margins out (I need to just rescale the pages). The taping is kind of a pain because if things ...
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Can you use wall and ceiling texture as plaster slab for drying and wedging clay?

I have a couple bags of wall and ceiling texture that were left in the home that I purchased. I was curious if I could pour a slab of this and use it like the plaster we use in ceramics. I would hate ...
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How to preserve comic pages drawn by pencil?

I bought pieces of comics that are drawn with pencil, and I’m afraid that they get blurred. How can I preserve them? Can this be done the same way as with sketches?
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Hair with charcoal [duplicate]

I've been having difficulties drawing this with charcoal: I figured how to do the skin, armor, and face. But Now... The Greatest Challenge... The Abundant Hair!!! I know. I know, some of you pros ...
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How do I blend charcoal enough to make it look like a skin surface? [duplicate]

I've been drawing Wonder Woman for quite a long time. Since she has a lot of bare skin, it's kinda hard to draw it without pencils, using only charcoal. Here's the reference image I'm using: Artwork ...
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Drawing damaged leather using charcoal

I'm currently drawing Wonder Woman with charcoal. While drawing I noticed that the armor has scratches: Artwork by Shierly Lin. Click for larger version Since it's a charcoal drawing, I'm having ...
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How to remove oven baked acrylic paint from glass used for drinking?

I have a clear glass mug that I painted several years ago with Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paint. I would like to remove the paint as I am no longer in love with the design I made and might ...
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Removing tape adhesive residue from vinyl decals?

I have some custom vinyl decals (Oracal 651) which have already been applied. The decals don't have any printing, they are just cutouts forming shapes. During the process of cutting out the decals we ...
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Is there any eraser that can erase charcoal?

Is there any eraser that can erase charcoal? I've been trying 3 different brands of kneaded erasers (Faber-Castell, Prismacolor, and an unknown brand) and nothing has happened.
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Cameo 4 not cutting exactly on the printed line

I bought the Silhouette Cameo 4 desktop cutting machine a few days back and tried using the Cameo 4 with pepakura. I followed the steps specified here. But when the machine cuts the line on the ...
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Best glues for attaching images to glass (Image facing the glass), and magnet questions [closed]

and thank you for any input you may be able to provide. I was drawn to this site by the question and answer about beer bottle labels, but that doesn't seem to apply for what I have in mind, and ...
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Achieving Smooth Concrete Texture with Tiny Bubbles

I have noticed that some concrete items (actually often interiors of buildings) have a certain texture characterized by being very smooth with tiny bubbles as shown in the image below. Is there a ...
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Alternative to Shapecrete - moldable concrete that is workable like clay

I am looking for a product like Shapecrete which appears to no longer be made. According to the website shapecrete.com the product looks like it is a type of concrete that can be worked like clay. ...
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molds in shapes of kitchen supplies [closed]

I am going to be making a gag gift for some friends. I want to make chocolates and/or resin in the shape of pots, pans, and cooking utensils as they are in the process of closing on a new house. I ...
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Can I bake oven-bake clay with embedded lobster clasps?

I am making charms to maybe start a business. Can I bake my clay with the lobster clasp embedded in it? Or will I have to hot glue it?
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Punch needle tool settings do not match kit instructions

I received a couple of needle punch kits from Joann's for Christmas, along with a 2.2 mm adjustable length punch needle (Boye), which was the recommended tool for the kits. I was reading the ...
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How do include weft inside the diagonal squares in the sketch of the weave provided? [closed]

The sketch is self-explanatory, I'm referring to the squares at the bottom, any additional weaving tips will be greatly appreciated.
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Can any leather crafters tell me what tool this is?

My friend began taking up leatherwork. This tool came in a kit he bought. We know what everything else is except for this piece, and a reverse Google image search came up short. Just showed us bullets ...
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How can I prevent my pom poms made by fork method to not look separated in the middle?

I tried making a pom pom with a fork method several times now, experimenting with different amount of yarn/string and different thicknesses. No matter how I do it, even after trimming they look kinda ...
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Acrylic paint on wood: how to make it “glow” after the painting is already done

My cousin has already used acrylic paint on wood to produce paintings such as these: But his paintings are not "glowing", i.e. they don't have bright colors. He asked me how to make them ...
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Can someone identfy this style? [duplicate]

Could someone tell the name/scheme/theme/style for art form[s] in below image? Looking for nomenclature
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How to carry the yarn in stripes?

So, I’m knitting a swatch with both vertical and horizontal stripes, basically a plaid that’s fully knitted and not with the third color woven in. For most multicolor patterns, I have done it by just ...
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Is there a way to solve staining when trying to make stickers with Ohuhu markers? [closed]

I've been having an issue with Ohuhu markers staining when I try to make stickers. I use Mod Podge over the ink to protect it, and I run it through a Xyron sticker machine. If the sticker is there for ...
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How to chose between soldering and welding?

I understand the difference between soldering and welding. What I'm confused with is how do you chose which one to use, when is one more suitable than the other and when one should be avoided. I hope ...
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What is considered the most durable concrete for jewelry?

I'm trying to tap into some areas of concrete and I'm reaching to find out what might be considered to be the most durable concrete for small piece jewelry. Or would it be grout? Maybe a plaster that'...
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What important tools does a small tailoring outfit need?

Please note: this question is intended to give me some ideas so I can start formulating a surprise gift for my wife. The obvious answer here might be: "Just ask her!" but that defeats the ...
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Issues in mixing brass with concrete?

I want to create a necklace made from concrete, but use a brass crimp tube for the chain hole. Is there anything chemically wrong with doing that? Will either the concrete or the brass corrode over ...
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How to use a protractor if you can't see what you are measuring?

I have this protractor: It seems to be the same or similar as this one: Robinson 5001# Stainless Steel Protractor RBS-R-5001 but there are no instructions there. The main problem with this protractor ...
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Can I draw dog fur with pencil and then go over it with colored pencils?

I'm a amateur child artist trying to draw this. At the end of the video, the artist uses his pencil to make fur-like textures. However, I want to do this with color. After doing the whole tutorial, ...

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