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When drawing shapes made from overlapping spheres, how should I draw the lines that indicate curvature near the intersection?

The style of line-drawing that I am asking about is exemplified by the two images below. It's an economical style that uses little or no shading, and conveys curvature by using small lines or clusters ...
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Can you do a Garter stitch on double pointed needles?

I have been working on some hats for only a little while and I saw a pattern that has on there to work the pattern in garter stitch. Is it possible to do the pattern on double pointed needles?
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How can I draw right angles with just a ruler?

If I am trying to draw a rectangle or square on a piece of paper I can use existing corners of the paper as a start point. However I lose accuracy when completing the square or shape on the inside of ...
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How to reuse a sewing pattern without damaging it

What's a good strategy for reusing a sewing pattern without damaging it? Say I have a pattern I like, I can fuse some interfacing to it to make it last longer. That said, the way I was taught to cut ...
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How to cast beads using DIY casein plastic?

I'm experimenting with DIY casein based plastics, using powdered milk. There are lots of references to casein plastic originally being used mostly for buttons & beads - but no actual instructions ...
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What is the equivalent to niello for brass?

I have some brassware with nice engraved designs that I'd like to bring out. If it were silver or gold, I'd use niello, but that apparently doesn't work on brass. I could try and do something to ...
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What is the best mix to make chalk paint at home?

I have a table to distress for which I need chalk paint in bulk. What would be the best and cheapest way of making this at home in large amounts?
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How does embossing powder work? What paper is most recommended to be used with it?

Ive been trying to use embossing powder for lettering, I want to know what paper works best for this and what kind of procedure to follow for this.
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Fixing the lens of an Artograph Tracer

I have an Artograph Tracer, but the lens has come loose. Does anyone have any tips on how to refix the lens in the plastic tube? And which way around it goes?
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Is it possible to darken a pencil drawing to match the colour of charcoal?

I am busy sketching the Mona Lisa using pencil and charcoal (unfortunately I cannot add the picture). I used pencil to do her face and head in the beginning and then used charcoal to start doing the ...
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How to make a cloth brim hat?

I would like to make a hat that looks roughly like this one but I'm clueless on how to go about with it. I need it to be from a material that does not keep heat much (compared to, say, felt) and ...
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How to draw a heat blur from an aircraft engine

How would you draw a heatblur from the engine of an aircraft, I am drawing this: how would I draw the blur that trails the aircraft (Heatblur)? Mind, I'm not drawing the background, just the aircraft ...
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What paints can be used on eggs?

Being into the decorating of eggs recently, an Orthodox tradition, and I am wondering which paints are most suited towards this type of work. My curiosity extends towards the possibility of using ...
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Why would a candle require a much larger wick than normal for its size?

I was recently given a couple of fairly large beeswax pillar candles by a friend who got them from his church. They were going to be thrown away, but he knew that I dabble in candle making so he ...
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Can a damaged sleeve of a suit be replaced?

I have a suit which has a hole in one of it's sleeve. Most of the time, the suit was stored in a dark place, which unluckily was also the reason for the hole. Is it possible to replace a whole sleeve ...
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Stencil on wood issue

I have a board that I stained and poly’d and now am having trouble with the final step. I have script alphabet stencils and can’t seem to find a great way to use them. I have stencil brushes and am ...
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Sewing machine problem: machine won't tighten the loops under the material

A year ago I loaned my Brother XL-2600i to my kid's school, and only now have I tried using it again. Yep: they messed it up. The thread tangles up around the bobbin, and it makes grinding noises. ...
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what's the difference between cheap pencils and crayons for coloring?

I heard that colored pencils use wax(or clay) as a pigment vehicle, and crayons(wax pastels) use wax as pigment vehicle. I found recently that Crayons are mind blowingly cheap(96 crayola crayons for $...
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Shiny and sticky leather [closed]

I have a large piece of very shiny leather which also is very sticky to touch. I want to make a bag out of this but at first I need to get rid of this stickiness without damaging the leather. I don't ...
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Is it possible to drill a CPU cleanly with a plasma cutter?

I would like to know if it is possible to cut a clean hole into a standard CPU with a plasma cutter, without damaging the plasma cutter. I am making CPU keychains but I need to drill a hole through ...
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3answers
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How can I affix a ball bearing to a metal shaft without welding?

I am making a ball joint for a figure and have decided on ball bearings since they're easy to source in the correct size. I need to attach the ball to a shaft of some sort, like a small steel rod. ...
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1answer
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Can this origami figure actually be made?

In The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, the protagonist makes origami, including this bird. Can that figure actually be folded, as drawn? Or did the author just draw something vaguely origami-ish?
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Dissolvable Piñata?

Can anyone think of a way of crafting a simple model (melonbot from supertato) that would dissolve in a paddling pool after being used as a prop? Although it would be a bonus to put little pool toys ...
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Paper for Custom Book Jackets?

I wanted to make a custom book jacket, but I'm not sure what paper to use. Any help would be great. I live in the UK so if you know what the paper is called over here that would be even more amazing. ...
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1answer
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How to age playing cards?

There are already very nice answers about paper on this and the rpg section, but playing cards are a little bit different and at the same time more specific as they have a special finish and a certain ...
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Are there any good alternatives to Linoleum and Wood for relief printing?

The title says it all really - are there any good alternatives to Linoleum and Wood for relief printing? Note that I'm already aware of specially made lino alternatives such as softcut etc; I'm more ...
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1answer
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Adhesive for applying keyboard keys to wood

I have a mosaic made of keyboard keys that I made by gluing the keys to a piece of cardboard. After some time, the cardboard has begun to warp under the weight of the affixed keys. I now have a ...
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2answers
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Replicating a silicone object

There are lots of articles and how-to guides on the web showing how to replicate a plastic, wood, or metal object by making a silicone mold and using a hard acrylic or epoxy resin to create the object....
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What techniques exist to create larger sheets of origami paper from smaller ones?

What techniques (if any) others have used to join smaller squares of paper together to create, as seamlessly as possible, a larger one to work with?
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Can I use oil paints without also needing special cleaning supplies?

I have a bunch of oil paint tubes that I got as a gift a while back. I really want to try them out but I don't want to use any solvents, thinners, nor have any loose materials that need to be ...
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1answer
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Leather lacing at home

I recently bought tandy lace maker tool for making leather laces. I use good right amount of thickness of leather to make the lace and still the backside of the lace gets fuzzy with grains coming out. ...
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1answer
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Wood used for Christmas Colored Flame Yule Logs?

What type of wood and its' thickness would be get the best results for making Christmas colored flame yule logs? I would like to try and make colored flamed yule logs this year. What type of wood ...
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Sewing a double-sided nylon garden flag

I am using nylon to make a garden flag and read that there should be a liner between the 2 layers so the design does not show threw to the other side. Any suggestions for the fabric to use for this ...
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Thin, Flat, Rigid Sheets? (cheap)

I'm looking for something I can put behind ink-jet printed pictures to keep them from bending, but I don't want to increase the thickness of the final product any more than necessary. The thinnest ...
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2answers
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What alternatives exist instead of freezer paper when it comes on shirt bleaching?

I have seen this video where you can customize tshirts with bleach. As a necessary part of it is freezer paper where you transfer stencil design on it. But in Greece is hard to come by, therefore I ...
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Historical glue from beeswax and stone meal?

During my search for a way to mount a metal spearhead (iron) to a wooden shaft (ash) with acceptable historical correctness, I stumbled upon a short note (german only, sorry) speaking of a glue made ...
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Do you need a buffer to get a shiny finish on jewelery?

Having a giant electrical machine just for buffing metal isn't convenient for me. If I could, I would prefer to just sand away. Is it possible to obtain as good of a finish as you would see with a ...
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1answer
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What color scheme does the Spongebob character use?

We have a homework regarding color schemes and I chose Spongebob as my subject. At first I was thinking that it uses a triadic scheme since it uses blue, red, and yellow, and brown is just a ...
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1answer
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What's the name of this type of fabric pattern?

Does somebody know what's the name of this fabric pattern? In Spanish is Estampado Búlgaro but when I put Bulgarian Pattern on Google Images nothing even similar appear.
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1answer
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Chemically etch (frost) acrylic (plexiglass)?

Is there an equivalent to Armour Etch (used in glass etching) for acrylic? I want to etch some text onto an acrylic sheet but I do not have access to a laser engraver. Sanding seems to be a common ...
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What home printer is capable of printing on board book pages

I am interested in making books myself for my child and for holiday gifts. I want to avoid going through a commercial printer and do it all myself. What sort of printer would I need to accomplish this?...
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How to get the perfect center pull?

Whenever I try to get the center pull, it ends up tangling so much at one point and I just have to untangle the whole ball. :\ Are there any tips for a better center pull?
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Irreversible Origami Envelope

In Patrick Rothfuss' novel The Wise Man's Fear, the main character briefly mentions that he has a way of folding a letter to be its own envelope in such a way that it is not possible to reopen the ...
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1answer
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Learning to draw manga [closed]

I do not know how to draw, but I really want to create my own manga. Please tell me if the following approach is acceptable: Create a simple storyboard. Gradually master the drawing skills, based on ...
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1answer
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How can I make a male object from a female reference object using a mold?

I have a female port (slightly larger than a USB port) from an old obsolete device. I would like to use the female port I currently have to make a mold for the male version. I have some ideas for ...
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1answer
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Why is this painting with Link from Ocarina of Time funny or ironic? [closed]

There is an artist in Buffalo named Dave Pollot who takes famous paintings or works of art and inserts characters or cartoons in them to make them funny. I got this one for my husband: I don't know a ...
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1answer
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How can I avoid fungus in an alien water tank?

I am building an animatronic alien inside a transparent plastic cylinder. The cylinder is filled with water and a few drops of green ink. The problem I have is: in a few days, the water fills with ...
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1answer
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Which steels are most suitable for knife making?

Carbon Steels, 420C, 440C, VG10, RWL34, Damasteel...there are a lot of options... What steels are best for all-round knife making (I.E not for any special applications)?
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Which glue should I use to bond sea shells to steel and/or stone? [duplicate]

What kind of glue should I use to glue sea shells to steel and sea shells to stone? These will be displayed outside. I have tried a hot glue gun but it doesn't do well outside.
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What would be a good way to bind a A8 notebook?

I would like to make a A8 notebook (52mm x 74mm) with about 50 sheets or more, but I'm not sure which binding would be the most suitable to use. I generally use the Japanese binding for my A4 ...

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