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How to dry out epoxy resin faster than usual?

I made MDF coasters and decorated them using epoxy resin with attractive colors and pearl powder. It took 25-30 hours to completely dry out. In the meantime, few dust particles settled on it and I ...
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Where can I find an archive of packaging/labels for a given product over time? [on hold]

This is specifically to identify manufacturing info from the barrel of a pencil so I know what I’m getting if buying or swapping for used supplies, since those rarely have a box. Here’s an example ...
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Re-bending a bent plastic figure to stand up straight [closed]

I have a plastic miniature person (an archer) from a board game, but she was unfortunately bent either during packaging or during initial molding. She leans WAY over... I put her in a bowl of very ...
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How to Bend Metal Rod to Make a Perch

I want to bend some 1/4" or 1/8" diameter brass rod to make the perch seen in the photo below. Is there an easy way to do this? I tried in a vice and with a mallet but couldn't get nice round bends. I'...
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coffee stencil cutting machine

I am looking for a small laser machine to cut coffee stencils for example what you use to decorate your cappuccinos and lattes with chocolate powder. Does anyone know what machines are used and any ...
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Reinforce sole of shoe [migrated]

I am looking for ideas to glue a material to the back sole to extend its life. I already have the glue. Original link
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How to start with Cast-on stitch rose? [closed]

Any ideas on how to begin with cast on stitch for making a rose.
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Boning for self-supporting tote bag

I'm working on a tote bag to carry various swimwear items to the pool, similar to bags from ThirtyOne. I want the bag to be able to hold itself up & open, but still be able to make it mostly flat ...
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Seamless Mosaic with “waved” Text - ISO Software [migrated]

Edit: i asked my question here I don't know if this is the right forum, but since it's "Art" I guess. I want to make a nice background that is a seamless mosaic of "waved" text. Do you know any ...
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What is the cheap (copper color) metal underneath items plated to look like silver?

I've noticed that many metallic items that look silver-ish in color, attain that effect because of a thin surface coating. Whenever those items get scratched, a copper-colored metal is revealed to be ...
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What material is this?

What material is this stuffed toy I finished today made from? I want to know in case I want to duplicate it later and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find the pattern again. I’ve got 2 more patterns ...
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Spray-painting polystyrene for outdoor use

I want to make false stone looking planters from polystyrene heads. I bought the stone spray paint to use, but reading the instructions it says it's for indoor use only! I want to put my heads outside,...
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Touching up the coloring on my American nylon flag [on hold]

Touching up the coloring on my American, nylon flag. What is the best way to do this? Thank you.
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Permanently mark pin placement for shirt

I have a light blue button shirt with a couple of ribbons that are attached via pins. The placement is very specific and I'd like to mark the exact position of the pins on the shirt. I thought about ...
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Will commercially produced soap coated in epoxy resin last?

I have started to resin-coat certain novelty soaps. I first coat in mod podge, then I give it 2 layers of epoxy glass resin. It is looking fabulous, but someone told me that soap has too much water in ...
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Is the Pentel Aquash water brush pen worth it?

I've seen a lot of artists use this water brush that you can refill and I was wondering if it really is worth it. I am still a novice when it comes to watercolours and I use normal watercolour brushes....
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Very small grommets keep splitting

I've been trying to put some very small grommets, marked size #000, into t-shirts. Since they're going to be resting directly against skin, they need to not split, since splitting creates sharp edges. ...
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How can I blend soft pastels without removing too much colour?

I want to know which is the best blending tool to work on soft pastels. Every time I try to blend the colour seems to lighten. I use normal brushes or my fingers.
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Kiln elements keep burning out

So, I bought a medium kiln on craigslist for $100. It was old, and my friend and I wanted to upgrade it, so we bought some new heating elements, removed the entire controller-box, bought a ...
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Which glue should I use for fabric-shaping?

I'm after a glue to stiffen some fabric into a specific shape. I have tried a couple but they do not stiffen the fabric enough as I'm after a fairly solid finish. It needs to be reasonably resistant ...
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Cheap Pottery Refractory Material [closed]

I am trying to build an electric kiln for firing pottery, so I need a really high temperature. I intend to use kanthanal wire for the heating element. The problem I am facing is the refractory ...
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Repair divider in wallet

I would like to repair or strengthen the divider in my wallet as shown here. It kinda close quarters. Part of the damage is caused when I close the zipper and catch the material. Original image ...
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Dense, easy-to-access material?

I'm not sure if this is the right forum to ask this on, so please tell me where to put this if not! I'm trying to make weights to lift at home, and I found online that using gallon milk jugs and ...
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Dishwasher-proof way to personalize plastic lunch containers

So, I meal prep, and I use bowls like this to carry my prepped lunches to work: From another angle, showing the lip below the lid: The recycling mark on the bottom says they are polypropylene for ...
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Weatherproofing metal

I have some large galvanized metal disks that I going to grind into an outdoor decoration. Grinding will destroy the zinc covering. It'll be painted afterwards. How can I weatherproof the metal?
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Any White Pens/Markers To Write Over Black Pens?

I'm just getting into drawing, and I've made a sketch that I would like to fill in with black, red, and white pens (or markers). Since pen is permanent, though, I'm concerned that I might accidentally ...
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DIY Leather engraving

Is there a way to engrave or carve words into leather without the use of professional engraving or stamping tools? I want to make one similar to the one in the picture, but can not find the kit to ...
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How do I clean dried brushes?

I have a bunch of brushes with dried paint and glue. I've tried to clean them up but they're still hard. What medium is best to restore my brushes?
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What do I use to seal or fix decoupage artwork?

I've made a couple of coasters using the decoupage technique, but they keep sticking in to one another. I used mod podge to seal the tissue and I'm assuming that is whats causing the stickiness. How ...
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Dyeing Pashmina

Is it possible to dye a store bought Pashmina? If so, is there anything I should to do it before putting it into a regular dye-bath using RIT dye? Any recommended process that would help “fix” the ...
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What wire would be suitable for a papier-mache armature?

The project involves making a papier-mache tree, about 50cm high. So, I need to make a wire armature first but I'm not sure what type of wire would be ok to use (naturally, I don't want it to get ...
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How Light Affects Saturation

Based on my current knowledge, light increases the saturation of a color. If that's the case, then the form shadow of an object should have lower saturation than the part of the object hit by light (...
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Advice for making wired jewelry charm

I need to make the following symbol from crafting metal wire (5 mm) for a pendant. (It is a combination of zodiac symbols, for anyone who's curious.) How can I join the wire in between the places ...
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Is it possible to make a charcoal lump stop leaving marks?

I thought about using a charcoal lump (you know, the regular stove coal) as a stand. Is it possible to make it stop leaving black marks on anything it touches? Like, sealing it, or something else?
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Advice on weaving/looming machine

I am looking to create woven patches as a hobby. I was playing a bit with embroidery patches, but I want to see the difference between the two. My question is: what would be a starting weaving/...
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Looking For A Springy Thin Wire To Make Earrings With

I'm looking for a very thin wire (slightly thicker than fuse wire) that is flexible, bit still able to be twisted together. These earrings are for figurines, that are held together and pushed into a ...
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Polishing a scratched Ruby

A friend of mine has scratched her Ruby with another of the same gemstone. The scratch is little, and just on the surface. Is there any way to restore the polish? The ruby is smooth, similar to the ...
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Is there a formal name for artwork such as this?

I wanted to draw something subtle yet loud and ended up with the following. I am not classically trained at all and do not have much knowledge regarding styles and schools of art. After this drawing I ...
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Hem pants less expensively

I feel that sewing is a form of craft, so here goes. I have some jeans that I want to shorten the length of. I would like to do so without hemming.
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Making earrings and a pendant with rubies. Materials to avoid for the prong fitting

I bought a few cheap pear-shaped synthetic rubies and want to craft a pendant and earrings. (They are real and I'm assuming as safe as CZ) (Image license: Public domain) What type of material should ...
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How is my Art and how can I improve? [closed]

I am a complete amateur with no formal training in Art. I am interested in the Art of Sketching. Since I have no teacher, trainer, or adviser, I do not know how my sketches. I am providing here a ...
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How do I start over?

First, apologies for my last rant. I've been very stressed lately. What I guess I meant to ask, was that if I'm doing everything wrong, how do I start over? I'm actually decent at drawing detailed ...
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What kind of stitch is this?

I wanted to know what kind of stitch is shown in this picture. Can I make it with a brother sewing machine cs6000i?
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Repairing a detached cover on an old leather-bound, sewn book with marbled end papers

I have a beautiful old book from 1869 which, greatly to my chagrin, has been damaged: one of the boards has come off. I would like to repair the book, or at least understand enough about how it ought ...
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Converting a new, large perfect bound paperback to a durable hardback

I bought a book which is paperback and very large: 697 A4 pages. It appears to be what is called perfect bound, that is, where the spine is adhered directly to the back of the pages. At a minimum, I ...
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Doll reborning paints

I am new to reborning, and I am concerned about the use of heat set paints and vapours released from heating the vinyl doll parts to set the paint. I have been looking at air drying paints as a safer ...
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I’m a complete beginner. What’s the shortest way to learn drawing manga? [closed]

I’m a complete beginner to drawing. I never do doodles, I have struggles just from drawing a hand or a fork, my hand writing is ugly as hell... I want to learn and practice drawing with the final ...
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How to sew in a single page into a book

I am binding a book using the traditional technique of sewing the signatures. In addition to these signatures I have a few single pages which should go between some of the signatures. Is there a ...
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Realistic tempered steel effect on aluminum

Im working on a project with aluminum Ive machined. I want to give it the rainbowy effect of heated steel known as the “heat affected zone”. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get the most realistic ...
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Long line of yarn forms between both knitting needles

When I use the garter pattern with a lot of stitches on my right needle, my left needle pulls back a line of yarn when I try to pull the stitch off the right one. Is this normal? I've been knitting ...

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