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Looking for quarto model for printing a little book [on hold]

I intend to print a small book with my daughter using the in-quarto or in-octavo techniques. I am looking for a model for popular software (such as MS Publisher, Word, LibreOffice or Scribus). Quarto ...
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Can you turn a normal mirror into a one way mirror?

I got my hands on 2 normal mirrors and would like to build a magic mirror. Even after extensive googling I couldn't find an answer. I know normal mirrors have some reflective (metal?) and paint ...
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Name of collage or embroidery mixing pearls, sequins and beads

Does anyone know if this type of collage or embroidery mixing different objects like pearls, sequins, beads and bugle beads has a specific name? I found other examples on Google searching pearls, ...
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Using objects to depict other objects

I was wondering if there exists a term that describes the practice of using objects to depict other objects. To give an example: In the painting "The Librarian", Arcimboldo uses books to depict a ...
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My Mod Podge coat is still sticky. What do I do?

I painted some Jenga blocks and gave them a clear coat in Mod Podge to seal the paint. The Mod Podge coat is still sticky after a few days, which is definitely not good for Jenga blocks. How can I ...
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Tracking down speckled/marbled upholstery fabric [closed]

I'm working on a project that requires some upholstery work and I cant seem to track down the fabric I'd like. I'm looking for this pattern or something near it The style shown on the website isn't ...
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Looking for a very large H frame easel [closed]

I'm saving for an H frame easel, and I want something bigger than I've been able to find on dickblick and similar sites. Any recommendations?
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How to reproduce faux tortoise shell material

I'd like to mimic this faux tortoise shell material: Ideally I need the material to be like a thin layer of plastic (probably less than 2mm). I tried using clear epoxy resin + colors, and I almost ...
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How to Slow the Speed of a Sewing Machine

I recently purchased Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine. When I press on the foot ever so lightly it goes fast and loud. I am really taken aback by so much noise and speed (especially since I am new ...
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Prevent black colored pencil from blending into adjacent colors

I'm new to drawing with colored pencils. I've drawn a bear that has a nose and mouth in black, but I can't quite figure out how or when to draw these black parts without accidentally grabbing some of ...
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Are there cases where we do not reverse stitch when sewing?

I purchased a Singer Start 1304 Sewing Machine and am watching tutorials. In one of them, the lady demonstrates how to make a simple stitch. She goes a few stitches forward, a few stitches back, and ...
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Paint artwork on pressure treated lumber

I erected a 4x4 (12 foot long) piece of lumber in our backyard to hang a bird feeder. It needed that long as the house sits much higher than the backyard and we want to see the feeder with ease. I ...
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Seats - Principles for comfort

I am considering using algorithmic design to design seats. However, I also want the result to be something people would actually want to use. So, I have to ensure that the result is comfortable. ...
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Knitting and Crochet community [migrated]

would anyone be interested in starting a separate stack exchange for knitters/crocheters? I don't mind being in A&C but I think there are enough knitters/crocheters and questions to form our own ...
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Fade color in fabric

I am trying to fade the color of this cotton cloth: I tried a hot solution of bleach, but very little color comes out. I also tried paint thinner, xylene, a fairly strong HCL mixture (a.k.a. muriatic ...
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Acrylics and model building: is a gloss layer a must-have before line detailing and washing?

In the past, I've disassembled models just to add electronics and lights. Now, I've decided to learn how to paint miniatures to expand my hobby and to get a better look on the finished models. My ...
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Porcelain brush pen does not stick to ceramic ring

I painted a ceramic ring (this) with porcelain pens (edding 4200 porcelain brush pen). I followed the instructions of the pens: Clean the surface of the ring and remove dirt and grease. Apply the ...
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Building an elliptic paraboloid

How would I build a shell of an elliptic paraboloid as accurately as possible (in terms of its mathematical properties (all parallel rays end up in its focal point)). Preferably it should be: Made ...
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How to repair bend in pewter goblet stem

I have a number of pewter goblets (by Royal Selangor) in the form of various characters from Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately, Gimli recently fell from a first-floor (US - second-floor) window into ...
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Basic sewing machine [duplicate]

I am looking for a basic sewing machine. I do not need any "bells or whistles." I was in a sewing machine shop and they showed me some Brother machines. Cheapest was around $500. I do not need 26 ...
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Protection for oil painting on mylar?

I usually work with ink and watercolor on mylar (paper used by architects). I tried to use oil paint on mylar and the effect is real nice. Do I have to protect the finished painting with a varnish or ...
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Transparent resin to fill small acrylic plastic container?

I have a small clear acrylic plastic container, roughly spherical and about 1.5 cubic inches in volume, with a 1/4-inch wall and thinning to about 2mm at the top edge (near the 1-inch diameter lip). I ...
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Replace hat strap with something softer [closed]

The rope that came with this hat is irritating to wear with the hat. I would like something softer. Can someone help me?
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Pilot Precise V5 RT refill alternatives

I love the body of the Pilot Precise V5 RT (retractable rollerball) pens. My question: has anyone found another manufacturer's refill cartridges that fit in that pen, or if anyone's had luck refilling ...
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How to hang a painting on plywood on the wall?

I have a painting that was done on plywood. The wood is a quarter inch thick and 3 by 4 feet in size. It is not framed, and I don’t want to frame it. I’m hanging it in my living room on a plaster wall....
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Erasable blue pencils for sketching?

I've just started to learn to draw comics. The fine arts shop recommend me a Blue Faber Castell Polychromos pencil for sketch (the lines and geometrics figures that we start first before we can draw ...
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What are joined and unjoined fonts?

I'm recently learning font design and typography. I found that even a same font style can have two font versions: joined and unjoined. I'd tried to google it, but got no explanation. What's the ...
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Does boat polyester resin works well for insect/flower encapsulating?

Around here, polyester resin for arts and crafts is usually sold under the name "Crystal Polyester Resin", because of its colorlessness. In automotive-paint/nautical shops there are other polyester ...
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How to shorten a maxi skirt while keeping the bottom hem?

I purchased a maxi skirt that goes above my waist, and I still have to wear heels just to get by. I wish to shorten it. However, it has a hem at the bottom. What is the best way to shorten this maxi ...
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What make-up techniques could be used to achieve the watercolor effect shown in this image?

I'm a filmmaker who would like to recreate a makeup effect similar to what is shown in the image below. I want to know the best techniques to turn the skin into a surface for a watercolor painting. ...
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Milling an additional slot in an arbor press table plate?

I need to add a slot to the table plate of my Harbor Freight (Central Machinery) ½ ton arbor press. It's obviously cast iron, but the surface is polished, so I'm not sure of its exact composition or ...
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Mixing Acrylic Paint With Water ( And Storing It )

A few weeks ago I asked a question about Alternatives to Citadel / Games Workshop Paints, and the feedback suggested that I could simple use tubes of Acrylic paints from local hobby type shops as an ...
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Is it legal to make portraits of people for indirectly commercial purposes?

There are a lot of famous people who are my heroes. I love to make portraits of them. Some of them are dead, some are alive. There is no easy way to get the appropriate permissions to draw them. I ...
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Fast method to cut/shred glue stick into small pieces

Tried cutting a glue stick into small pieces using a normal scissor and took about 10 mins or so. Is it possible to cut or shred glue stick into small pieces much faster, say 2 min per stick? (The ...
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Why isn’t a orthographically projected plane at 45 degrees seemingly half its actual length? [closed]

We have a plane of certain dimensions X and Y, and are looking at it perpendicularly by means of orthographic projection. The plane rotates 45 degrees on the X or Y axis. Given this situation, I ...
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Make Cement with Lots of Holes

What would be a good way to make cement with lots of hollow areas? I want it to resemble a sponge when cured. I’ve see a similar material used as siding in buildings.
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What are good ways to spray paint a QR code on a footpath?

The QR would be of a URL. The QR should be big enough like 4 A4 size papers. I though of cutting out the white boxes from a printed paper and spray on it but what about white dot islands. The ...
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Is it possible to get a “crutch” when learning to draw that will stop you from drawing well?

Recently I have started learning to draw. I watched some proko tutorials to learn the basic idea (that I'm generally supposed to think in 3D, what are bodies made of etc), consulted some books, ...
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Loose ferrules on my oil brushes

A couple of my old bristle brushes have loose ferrules. I am a bit hesitant to tighten the metal with pliers in fear of crushing the wood and making them even looser. Has anyone had any success ...
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Differences between silver jewelry alloys

I have bought 2 necklaces from the same place. The necklace on the left is 3mm width, has a dark metal color similar to that of stainless steel and tarnishes in a matter of days on me. The necklase ...
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Rusty axe head restoration

I have an old axe head, kind of a family heirloom, that I want to clean and restore. Given its age (approx. 60-70 years) and condition, my goal is not to make it usable as an axe, but preservation and ...
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Help needed to transfer bird base to stretched bird base variant in John Szinger's origami fox model

I am stuck in step 7 to step 8 transition of the foxy fox model by John Szinger specified in the picture below. Can somebody explain which folds are exactly being done to complete this transition? ...
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How to tell which way a colour is leaning?

I'm only just now learning how to best estimate less or more vibrant colours and a large part of this seems to be to see what colours make up the secondary colours being used to mix. I'm finding it ...
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Husqvarna Viking 2000, on the off chance anyone knows the specs of the drive belt

I am looking to replace one of the drive belts, the smaller one with the square teeth, on my Husqvarna Viking 2000. I cannot find anywhere the size or type of belt used. Any help in finding a ...
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Mug fixing with Araldite

I broke my favourite mug recently and I'm still getting over it. It broke at the side of the mug and a good chunk got broken. I got this from S America and it looks like it's made of clay and then ...
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What do you incorporate into a stuffed animal so that it doesn't permanently deform?

I have a concern with designing a stuffed toy which is that over time, if stuffing gets displaced from a particular region like an arm or a torso, it will be permanently deformed since the only way to ...
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How should I keep my unframed A3 size pencil drawings?

Just to protect my drawings from dust and smudging them, I used to keep my A4 size drawings in a office file like this. Now, I've started drawing on A3 sized papers, and I don't know where to keep ...
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Quality ranking of oil paint brands

Is there a standard quality ranking for oil paints? How do specific oils relate to the quality of oil paints? Can anyone provide a top five or top ten of brands?
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Layers of liquid with glitters glue and shredded hot glue stick in a test tube art & craft

I am trying out the following craft works, the ingredients and steps are as follows: Ingredients Water (or distilled water) that is dyed using three colors. A Test tube with cork. Hotglue stick (and ...
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Material identification

Any idea what material the below leotard is made out of? It is shinier than any material I have seen before, and want to make another bit of clothing partly out of the same material.

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