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Sewing machine: how to sew a straight line left ⇆ right (instead of front ⇆ back)?

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I'm looking for advice to use a (basic) sewing machine to sew a line from right to left (or the other way). The feed dog of my sewing machine (and most machines) is ...
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Free Software For Designing Furniture [migrated]

I'm after some free software that is ideal for designing furniture in 3D, and if possible can be exported as applicable files for templates and measurements i.e. CAD related files such as STL so 3D ...
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Can I make handmade invitation cards on a tight budget?

I'm planning on making DIY cards for invitations to my sister's 8th birthday party. I want it to be special so I decided to do everything myself. But I'm really on a tight budget right now, and so I ...
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How can I cut a (reverse) waterdrop shape out of a cardstock perfectly?

I have printed the waterdrop shape on the cardstock. I want it to have sharp and smooth edges. I'm not an artisan at crafts, however, scissors and utility knife leave a lot of roughness.
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Diluting or thinning uncured Milliput

Is it possible to dilute, thin or liquefy Milliput so that it flows into nooks and crannies better? If so, is there any advice on what to use, in what ratios, and whether it will adversely effect the ...
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What can I use to clear coat tempera or acrylic paintings for a strong glossy look?

I presume the suggested coating might vary between tempera and acrylic paint? So two different products is fine by me. I just need something to give my paintings an extremely glossy surface. The ...
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Air dry clay sculpture falling apart over time

A while back I spent a few months making a really nice sculpture of a hand out of crayola air dry clay. It worked fine, took details fine and barely cracked when drying. The problem arose in the ...
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I have trouble drawing a sunlight/shadow line

I'm sketching an ink drawing. It's going to be black and white cityscape with a sun in the background. The perspective is twisted and I have no idea how I should place the line between the part which ...
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What is the name of this building? [closed]

This building is shown frequently where NYC skyline is shown. What is the name of this building?
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Where can I find super short pen refills?

So I'm making a portable mini pen which will need short pen refills. But I can't really find short pen refills on the market, the shortest one I found has the length of 2.6in (66mm) which if you look ...
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How to get germs off of paper? [closed]

I made a little drawing which I accidentally dropped on a floor which must have been loaded with tons of bacteria. To make matters even worse, I had a hard time picking it up, so it must have been on ...
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How to connect a motor to move a sensor? [closed]

I've got a CNC/Arduino-like project, for making a photograph of a magnetic field through a plane. It is done by means of a coil: everyone says that's a fake, but that's for real :). Here are images ...
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Bouguereau painting [closed]

I stumbled upon this photo of Bourguereau: And I have two questions 1) I tried finding the finished painting but I didn't find it. I used this keywords: pregnant, virgin, saint. No clue of the ...
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What type of weave is this?

It's a super durable shirt and I want another like it, but I bought it over 10 years ago. It's 100 % cotton and is a Reebok NBA "Hardwood Classics" shirt.
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What can I expect from a fixative?

I finished a charcoal drawing and want to paint over it with a clear coating (of acrylic gesso). For that I first used a fixative so that the drawing will not smudge when I apply gesso with a Brush. ...
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How to apply acrylic gesso on paper?

I want to create an oil painting on paper and I have already made the underdrawing. Now I want to gesso the paper to make it suitable for applying oil paint. On the description of my clear acrylic ...
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How are these pouches opened

I am trying to DIY a pouch similar to the one shown in the first image below. First Image However, I cannot figure out how the pouch can be opened once the ribbon bow is attached to it. If the bow ...
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What type of stitch is a perfect fit for elastic materials (as close as possible to Nike's sport gear for running)?

I was wondering what is the proper type of machine stitching for elastic materials(nylon, etc), to get as close as possible to Nike running(clothes not shoes) gear stitching? I've done some research(...
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Acrylic paint is becoming oily when drying

I am using Liquitex basic Black acrylic. I’m simply pressing the tube and draw thick lines directly on the canvas. No brushing, no palette. I let it dry but after a few days the result is very shiny ...
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How can the colour scheme of this painting be described (in technical terms)?

How can the colour scheme of this painting be described in technical terms? For instance: Grayscale Low saturation Or something else? I don't have a background in art; I find that I'm unsuccessful ...
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What is the purpose of different needle felting needles?

For needle felting there are different types of needle points and different sizes to choose from. How do you select the right ones/what do they do?
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I have a bunch of bright white cardstock. Is there something I can add to make it glossy like glossy card stock

so I ended up with a bunch of bright white card stock I want to print trifolds on. Since I want to use up this paper, is there anything I can get to add onto the paper AFTER the print job that will ...
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Easter crafts, any besides eggs?

Are there any home crafts regarding Easter besides eggs? Easter will be coming fairly soon calendar-wise after all.
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How easy to cut a turn light?

How easy would a item like this to cut on a laser cutter? I might want to cut out such a item for Christmas! As you can see I’m just decorating it with glitter at this point. . Update picture
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What is the best way to sew knit/stretchy fabrics?

I’ve done my research and actually tried some of them but the end results are the same: wonky. I’m using needles specifically for knit fabrics, I have used a knit foot. I have tried adjusting the ...
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Affordable micromotor for jewelry

I'm trying to find a cheap micromotor or small dremel suitable for drilling, sanding and polishing jewelry and precious metals. I'm not sure if it's possible to find something usable for under/around ...
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What is the best acrylic resin to use?

I am making key fobs out of my Grandmother's China- I broke one plate to use as mosaic tile. For the blank bezel trays and China to work it needs a clear top. China is to thick for bezel dome to be ...
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What are the differences between different black oil paints?

Assuming they are all the same grade (let's assume professional grade to simplify the question), what makes one better for one purpose or another? I understand that there are a variety to choose from: ...
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How can I make egg-tempera that doesn't deteriorate?

I've been working with a traditional egg-tempura technique that I was taught, but I have had some problems with the paintings later on. The recipe is essentially one egg-yolk (without the yolk's ...
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Can an oil painting be finished with wax to create a matte finish?

I've heard of paintings being finished with a thin wax coat, but I didn't know if this could be done with oil paintings specifically. If wax is not compatible with dried oil paint, what other ...
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How do I stop my finished pencil picture from smudging? [duplicate]

I swear, I have been drawing for years yet i still cant figure this one out. How exactly do i stop my finished pencil picture from smudging? I would appreciate anyone's help or ideas to the situation.
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How to paint rough but distinguishable people with oil paints?

I've been teaching myself wet on wet expressionist style oil painting lately and my landscapes, cities look awesome. But... But when I go to add some small detail in amongst the fray, particularly ...
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Paraffin candle burnt (or rather melted) WAY too quickly?

So... I'm new to candle making; I got some paraffin (nobody here sells soy wax), molds, stearic acid and other ingredients. Today I was trying the second candle I made; it was not a small candle at ...
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How to sew a ripping zipper back on

Is there a good technique for repairing a zipper that is ripping apart from the lining? About 4 inches have torn away from the fabric and I really don't want to replace the whole zipper because it ...
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Why do some artists use narrow tonal ranges?

Why do some artists use narrow tonal ranges in their paintings? What is the advantage? Some examples: One art writer I read writes that a narrow tonal range produces a "metaphysical" feel to the ...
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How to free this sewing pin from the finished shirt

I had something rather silly happen today. I altered the cuff of a storebought shirt, then machine washed the shirt. While hanging it, I noticed this: There is a pin left in the cuff. Its head is ...
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What needle depth should I set to prevent the machinery from hitting the needle?

I'm working on an old Singer sewing machine. How should I adjust the (highlighted purple) screw in the image below? It sets the depth that the needle goes down below the clothing being sewn. If I ...
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Technical advices for getting better with oil pastels?

I'm very new in both landscape painting / drawing and using, mixing colors so one of the reason for making relatively simple paintings is my unexperience. I got a small pack of oil pastels as a ...
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What classical painting depicts a trial or a slavery bidding, where a naked female is standing before a crowd? [closed]

By 'classical' I mean it looked not modern, so it had to be painted at least 100 years ago. I came across that painting in maybe an educational video, but can in no way remember what is was. The ...
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What are the different type of artist brush configurations and their purposes?

I have bought many paint brushes recently, for acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc. I'm experimenting with paint at this stage. Some of the brush packages have little charts showing what the different ...
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What is this holographic material

I have some decorations that have standard fairy lights behind some plastic which creates a kind of holographic effect. There is a similar product here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JB979HD What ...
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Advice on preserving an old painting

The image attached is of a painting which is deteriorating around the edges of the frame. The paint appears to be falking off of the canvas. It is between 70 and 80 years old, I don't know what type ...
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What Solvent to mix with oil pastels [duplicate]

I came across below question. I struggle to osint tiny areas with oil pastels, and hence use Tortillions as makeshift brushes. What type of solvent to use with OP so I can paint small areas? What ...
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What is this texture called?

What is this type of texture on a fabric called? I've seen knit fabrics with these tiny specks with a contrasting colour.
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Is it really necessary to spray Oil Pastels with a Fixative

So far, I use oil pastels on paper, mat it, then seal it in bag. Now I'd like to use on oil pastels on stretched canvas. Was told that dust will accumulate, oil pastel will get smudged, hence I need ...
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Can I be a painter as colorblind?

https://enchroma.com/pages/moderate-protan Based on this and previous, "normal" (with doctor) tests I'm having red-green color blindness. As for real life experience, I don't think it's very strong, ...
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Hang canvas without frame

I wish to paint on stretched canvas. How do make it ready-to-mount (for gift-giving), or am I compelled to also purchase a frame, and drill holes in the back? Canvas https://www.jerrysartarama.com/...
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What are requirements for ballpoint/rollerball colour pens for art-grade drawing?

Some days ago I saw incredible coloured pen-drawings in some exhibition. I would like to try this medium myself. But before buying some pens I would like to get some requirements for ballpoint/...
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Learning to work with a rotary tool

More or less by occasion as I searched for something original I could craft myself, I decided to craft a walnut jewelry box for the proposal. It went well! :-) For this purpose I had bought a rotary ...
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Preserving Chalk pastel artworks?

I got multiple chalk pastels sets and I'm really excited to use them, but I'm afraid to see the artworks messed up afterwards. Even though there are probably sprays I can buy to solve this problem, is ...

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