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Preserving paper stickers long term

I'm going to frame a few old video game cartridges in a box frame for art and preservation. I got the idea from a few posts I've seen online of others who have done the same: I'm going use a sheet ...
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Proper disposal: Can oil colors spontaneously combust?

It is clear from what I can google that rags soaked in linseed oil and similar must be taken special care of because they could catch fire while drying. Is this also the case for rags, etc., with oil ...
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Can I create a 'professional level' Canvas Weave, using a Manual Loom machine?

I would like to start Weaving my own Cotton Yarn, using a Manual Loom Machine, as to create my own Cotton Canvas Fabric. The Fabric will be used to create Canvas Paintings, which will be stretched ...
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Is there a tool that will make a rounded cut in flat metal wire?

Is there a tool that can cut flat 5mm-wide aluminum jewelry wire to leave a rounded end? (An as-yet nonexistent extremely heavy duty nail clipper comes to mind). In the image below, the wire on the ...
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Homemade fixative for chalk pastel

After I make a piece of art with chalk pastels, it gets smudged all over. I don't want to go out and get fixative, and we don't have hairspray, so I was wondering if there is any household item that ...
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I am looking to melt some leftover acrylic into a mould, at home. Are there fumes that I should be worried about?

So, the title just about sums it up. I've cut some acrylic sheets to make vitrines for some painting frames and I have some leftover strips of acrylic. I have an idea of what to use the acrylic for, ...
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How can I dye MDF?

I have a bunch of sheets of 2mm-thick MDF that I'd like to dye black for use as a guitar headstock overlay. Since this would typically be laminated to the headstock and then trimmed flush, its colour ...
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Golden glue - DIY Kintsugi?

To repair a ceramic doll and a cup, I would like to apply Kintsugi. "Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with ...
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How do I fold step 3-4 in Maarten van Gelder's caterpillar model?

I have spent several hours trying to decode steps 3-4 of Maarten van Gelder's caterpillar model. Can anyone shed any more light on how to make that fold and the next one in 5-6? It feels like they ...
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Matte repainting technique for action figures

I stripped the old layer of the paint off of my Nendoroid and Figma PVC action figures and want to repaint them. I don't want them to be flashy and reflective and look dopey, however. Is there any ...
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Best sort of artificial light for indoor painting

I like to paint after work, but as the days get shorter here, I find myself spending more time painting while under the illumination of incandescent light bulbs. My ability to distinguish shades of ...
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What is it really about poems? [migrated]

I write poems sometimes and I'm not establishing myself as a poet..there is a question in my mind about it. When i wrote my first poem, i was very excited about it and proud and shared it among all my ...
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How to sew a knit fabric with a straight stitch machine?

My sewing machine, a Singer Featherweight, only has the option of a straight stitch. I can adjust the length and tension, but can't do a zig-zag stitch. Is it possible to sew a stretchy knit fabric ...
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How can I make molded fake dirt?

I'm planning to sell small pots and as part of my display I'd like to "plant" fake plants in some of them. I'd like it to look as real as possible, so my goal is to have the plant "growing" out of a ...
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What is the name for this type of chain?

I am making a necklace with a bunch of chains. I found a picture of a type of chain that I want to buy (on Etsy or at a craft store), but I don't know what to ask/search for. I would describe the ...
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Humidity tolerance of Mod Podge

I recently created a commission piece made out of stretched canvas and acrylic. It was specifically made for bathroom decor on a wall. I didn't realize until later that the bathroom would have high ...
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Picture Frame/Mount for Mosaic, ~28“ x 34” (Max Size) , <$20

I started doing mosaics made up of thin scrap aluminum. This question is about my first first mosaic 'prototype' that I am doing which measures 28 x 34 inches. The aluminum scrap material weighs ...
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How does one approach drawing mountains for landscape/environment concept art

I feel like I'm about to answer my own question, but I'll ask anyway. I find that when I draw mountains, I'm not really sure how to proceed. Because of how textured mountains look from a distance, it ...
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How can I fix my silver sharpie? [duplicate]

So recently I pulled my mint condition -or so i thought- silver sharpie out from my art box. I never dipped it in anything or something, but for some reason, the nib has turned brown and only a small ...
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Question about subtractive color mixing

I've been reading about subtractive and additive color mixing and one thing is still confusing me. When I mix red paint, which reflects red light and absorbs all other light, with white paint, I get ...
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Can epoxy fluidity be changed, before it is cured?

For this kind of project I have in mind using epoxy of different viscosity: to create the "base structure" use (very) viscous epoxy - especially for the curved area; I could shape it like I could ...
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Do I need safety equipment when working with epoxy resin?

I saw a lot of Youtube videos about people creating jewelry and artwork with epoxy resin. Most of them do not wear any gloves or other safety equipment, but some do. Recently I saw a video of a ...
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Create large objects from epoxy

I purchased an apartment some time ago, all the repairs are mostly finished. Because of some oversight, I am not in a lose-lose situation. In the bathroom, I do not have enough space for the sink that ...
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Epoxy: adding fresh over cured

I have read in several places that adding fresh silicone over cured one will not work, as the new silicone will not adhere to the old. The question is: if I create some object of epoxy resins, can I ...
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Does epoxy's final bond strength depend on its rated cure time?

I've been building a decently strength-sensitive project and received conflicting advice regarding the final bond strength of epoxies. I've heard some say that bond strength has nothing to do with ...
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Trying to turn a vintage wash basin into a vessel sink. How can I get rid of this standing water?

First off I screwed up where I drilled the hole for the drain. The middle of the bowl is actually raised so the water pools in a circle around the drain: I'm curious what my options are now... Is ...
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Rectangle-Cylindrical Enclosure ideas?

Sadly SE doesn’t really have a great fit subsite for my specific question, and the DIY stack exchange is mainly for home improvement. Thus, I post here. I have designed a usb device and ordered and ...
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How can I make the detail of this map stand out better?

I have been etching a map of the United States into 9 slate sheets (8" by 11" ~1/4" thick) Originally my goal was to try and inlay wire into the groove that I cut with a Dremel. I found colored "...
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Repairing diamonds with glass, how does that work?

I heard that cracks in cut diamond gemstones can be repaired by filling them with molten glass which renders the crack or hole invisible. For example, I hear that graphite inclusions in diamonds are ...
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Will 20 psi get out air bubbles when resin casting?

I’ve been trying to figure out how much psi I need to get air bubbles out of resin when casting. Does anyone have experience with this? Can anyone tell me what amount of pressure will get rid of air ...
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What's a good non-adhesive plastic sheet to protect soft-back books?

I'd like to use non-adhesive transparent plastic sheet to wrap a soft-back book to protect it for long-term frequent use. I'd like to try the method #3 described in https://www.wikihow.com/Cover-a-...
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Where to start to learn drawing online [closed]

I am almost new to drawing. I hadn't attempted to draw anything for over 20 years, then stumbled on a copy of "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain" and decided to try. I got better fairly quickly ...
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How do I finish hand-sewing a seam?

I'm mending my (second hand) leather gloves by hand. My sewing skills are rudimentary, but I like fixing the seams of or patching up clothes every now and then. However, I never know how to finish ...
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Is brush-on Mod Podge the same as the spray can variant?

Is brush-on Mod Podge the same as the sprayable Mod Podge? I’m using it for a doll repaint but the brush might wipe the watercolour pencil away, or smudge it. I was thinking of sponging it on to it.
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What kind of triangle / ruler is shown in this video?

https://youtu.be/p8LBr6cZPuY?t=530 At roughly the timestamp above the architect uses an odd looking metal straightedge and I was wondering what it was called. I thought it was a regular architect's ...
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Whats is the mm equivalent of US / old UK knitting needles?

When converting from US or old UK knitting needle sizes to mm, what are the conversions for these?
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How to restore a dried lipstick? Make it usable

I have a liquid lipstick that comes with a brush to apply it. It is very similar to a nail polish. The problem is that it has dried and solidified inside the bottle. Can you suggest some chemicals (or ...
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How can I fully bleach a polyester shirt?

I have a shirt that is 95% polyester and 5% spandex. I'd like to completely whiten this shirt. How can I accomplish this? Related: Fade color in fabric
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What is a chopin chain?

I'm trying to select a chain for a pendant, and one of the options is "chopin" chain, vs a "rope" chain (which looks the same to me). What's the difference, where does this style of chain come from?
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What kind of resin can be used to fill a gap in a piece of wood?

If filling a piece of natural wood with grooves in with resin - clear or coloured - what is the best kind to use? This would need to allow for the wood to be used as a table top.
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Why and how do some people use circular knitting needles when working flat / not in the round?

Some people use circular knitting needles when they are working flat, aka not working in the round. Why is that and how does it work?
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How to knit a button loop?

If knitting an item which needs a button to secure something - like a button on the back of a pair of glittens, (a fingerless glove with a retractable mitten) how would you knit this into a row? ...
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Engrave a design into slate sheets

I currently have multiple sheets of slate measuring 8"x12" at 1/4" thickness, and various gauges of colored wire (picked up the wire from the Beading section of a hobby store). I have been scaling a ...
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Laminating with pouches or plastic under 75 micron

I'm trying for my project to create some professional looking covers for handmade books and booklets, so I recently bough an electrical plastificator / laminator machine that support both hot and cold ...
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How to regain a row of slipped stitches?

Last night I was doing knit stitch on a practice piece of knitting in a small patch, 26 stitches long. When I got to the end I'd realised I'd messed up and I had 27 stitches. The yarn I'm using is ...
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What size / length needles for beginner knitting?

I'm a beginner knitter. I have a one pair of knitting needles, which are 4.5mm but seem quite short (30cm or less ish? I cannot see a printed measurement for length on them only the diameter). I went ...
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How to draw a snub dodecahedron?

I like to know how to draw snub dodecahedron using just a pencil, compass, marked ruler and calculator (using the calculator to calculate some trigonometric functions, and to measure distances with a ...
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Casting foam inlay for briefcases

I would like to create a foam holder for my stuff to be placed in a briefcase kind of like this The shaped of the object is fairly complex with lots of curves, and simply cutting a straight through ...
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How best to fill the bottom of a PVC Tee with resin, plaster or some other material?

There is a tradition in backyard chicken keeping of constructing chicken feeders using PVC pipe. (See: https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-Feeder/ https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-...

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