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Determining the type of material used in an artwork or craft

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What kind of mid-sole and bottom-sole is used in such leather sandals?

Consider the following sandal: Construction of a similar sandle can be seen in this video. The mid-sole is visible at time 1:03, after which the video shows wrapping the sole in leather and then ...
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What kind of adhesive is this?

A number of online videos show making an air dry clay, often used with a silicone embellishment mold. The ingredients are starch, a little oil, and a clear, one-part liquid adhesive. Here's an ...
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What is the proper name for the material that these cheap displays stands are made from?

What would I need to search for online to get the type of wood that is used to make these budget displays stands? Does it have a proper name or description?
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What is holding this geode together and how?

I have a nice geode sample that is sadly structurally unsound, and I am looking for a solution to make it sturdier so I don't run as much of a risk of it breaking on me. I have a separate geode that ...
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Are there "forensic" tools that can typically be done at home to identify fiber content of yarn or fabric?

An old question, Is there a way to determine the fiber content of a yarn if I've lost the label?, asked about identifying the fiber content of mystery yarn. The answer it received described a number ...
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What sort of paper is "The Dark Pool" album cover made of?

I am trying to create something akin to this album cover to hang on my wall. I'm not at all sure that the original was created this way, and maybe the cover is not even a photo of a physical object ...
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Captain America suit's raised surface pattern?

What is the technique/fabric technology to make raised surface pattern as seen on Captain America suits (see the image below)? At first sight, I thought it was quilting pattern, but upon closer ...
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Definition of mixed media in painting

Consider an aquarelle painting mostly done with watercolour and little touches of gouache. May it be considered as mixed media because it includes more than one medium, or does it still qualify as ...
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I need help identifying the core of this elastic cord

I am seeking to identify an elastic cord with a flat and folded rubber core that I use for restringing dolls. What is this type of core called?
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Material to fix a small candle in

I'm looking for some material that I can use to fix a small table candle in. The candle will be about 10cm long with a 1cm diameter. The idea is that there will be a wooden board with holes of various ...
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What is the best ribbon to make multi-bookmarks?

People often ask me to rebind their Missals (the books that Catholics use at Church), and they always have a special bookmark system of 5 different coloured 1/4" wide, solid-colour ribbons. Now, ...
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Neoprene rubber finishes

I have two squares of neoprene rubber as non-slip mats. Needing a larger area, I bought a large piece off of a metre-wide roll. On arrival, instead of the slightly tacky shiny finish of the smaller ...
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How to know if brush contains hog/pig hair or not?

How can I know if my brushes contain pig or hog hair? And for what purpose are these brushes actually used; acrylic, oil or watercolor?
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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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What's the name of this specific style of craft ball?

How would you describe this type of craft ball? It is about 3/4" in diameter with small, thin, shiny, glimmery ribbons. It's more compact and dense than most of the fuzzy craft balls I've found online ...
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Trying to find specific embossed grid paper

I had a notebook a long time ago that was a dotted grid on each page, but the individual dots were embossed, so I could feel the texture of the dots. I used it for a lot of sketches, and I have a few ...
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What glass-like material to use for a weapon prop?

A week ago, I wanted to try to create a prop for a cosplay. The weapon I choose was the Gehaburn from Neptunia: I was able to find how to do most of the prop, apart from the blade. I searched online ...
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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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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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LED pasties, 3v circuit board lights

Apologies for being a noob. This set (3v lithium battery, color interchanging light & circuit board) was taped inside my pasties. I had customized the front, and they were supposed to light up for ...
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It is possible to create powerful crucible that you can melt plastics in it? If yes, how can I create it from simple materials?

I’m asking this because, I’m trying to find how to make a powerful crucible that when you melt any plastic in it, it doesn’t not happen anything to it, and you can also hold it with your hands even ...
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What type of sealer is this?

Where I studied, in the printroom, there was a large bottle with the label 'sealer' on it (it seems that they transferred the contents of most products they used from the original containers to their ...
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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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Is what I am looking for a scrapbook?

I'm trying to make a scrapbook. I wanted to buy one from Michaels, or some art supply store but I wanted to know if what I'm looking for exists... the scrapbook I found online at Michaels basically ...
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In what technique medieval book miniatures were executed and are there materials today for doing this?

In what technique were medieval book miniatures executed, and are there materials available today to nurture this branch of art? I guess those miniatures have two important materials. Vellum is the ...
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Effective adhesive material to splice cardboard shipping boxes? [closed]

I want to splice two cardboard shipping boxes to make a bigger shipping box. Is using hot-melt glue a fast, strong-holding, and cheap way? Which type should I use? The pre-applied adhesive under the ...
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What makes the Hobbit Holes look so cosy? [closed]

I hope I chose the right SE site for this question and it is not too general, but I'm having a hard time to approach this question and I did not find any better place to ask. I'm trying to identify ...
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Materials for pictures that change with the direction of sunlight

What materials can be used to make pictures / paintings, where the colors change as the direction of the sun and hence the angle of incidence of the sun rays hitting the art structure changes? I'm ...
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How to read the slash in “1/4 satin”?

I am not a native English speaker, and I would like to know how do you read “1/4 satin”? Is it pronounced as one-by-four satin or as one-to-four satin when read out? Please note that this use is ...
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Knitted material that doesn't develop little furry balls (pilling)

I was referred to this forum from the Life Hacks forum. The surface of most of my knitted garments develop little balls of whatever the knitted material is (pilling). I own one toque that doesn't do ...
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Suggestions to Make PVC-Like Suit

So we have a competition related to firefighting and one of the tasks is to retrieve a PVC figure known as the "mannequin." It is composed of PVC pipes for limbs and a PVC plug with end for a head. ...
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What is this liquid called in my India ink?

I recently discovered that India ink/China ink dries up in the bottle after many years, leaving an almost clear liquid on top (most likely shellac). This liquid works a wonder as glazing liquid. I ...
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What material is used for inflatables?

Inflatable toys, chairs and beds, kids castles, pools, stuff like that. I understand and seen people use ordinary polypropylene? trashbag sheets or tablecloths for inflatables where the pieces can be ...
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Interlocking plastic, rubber, or foam product that can be cut to size?

Would you know if there's some sort of interlocking plastic (or other material) mats that can be cut to any size and which is less than 1 inch (2.5cm) thick? Ideally probably 1 - 1.5cm thickness. I'm ...
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What is the "elasticized leather" lacing shown in this photo?

I am trying to identify the lacing material on these sandals. The photo is of the original Luna Huarache sandal. They call it an "elasticized leather".
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What material is this jacket made of?

You can see it clearly if you zoom on the torn sleeve. It doesn't look like gabardine or corduroy to me, so I'm a bit confused. (The screenshot is from 2015's TomorrowLand, in case that helps.)
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Can you recognize the exact color bottles? [closed]

Years ago I did a work, it was possible thanks to the colors, I retried to achieve the same effect but did not worked so far. I have only this low-resolution photo. And I don't remember the colors. ...
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How to get velvety soft finish on hard toys?

I would like to know how to get the velvet-texture soft furry finish that is seen on some toys. A good example of this would be the Sylvanian Families toys (as pictured.) What materials and techniques ...
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What components are involved in this kind of scroll?

I've seen pictures of scrolls such as this, that contain their material within a larger metal case, and are read by pulling the material out using a tab on the side. Image from game: Skyrim All of ...
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What do you call "negative" paint?

Many months ago, I came across an art medium used by painters. I cannot remember the exact term for this medium. It is white, but is transparent once used, I believe... having the consistency and ...
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What is a non-photo blue pencil?

In this question about non-photo blue pencils, it is implied that non-photo blue pencil marks will not show up when scanning, or photographing, art pieces. So, could I just use any blue pencil, or ...
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Is there a name for sand-clay mixture?

Is there a name for the mixture you get upon mixing sand and clay together? As from what I believe, you use something like it in sand casting.
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What are these balls of wool bound together with a rubber band? [closed]

I am trying to look up what these are, to no avail: Note: this was the closest thing I could find They are balls of wool, cut into small pieces, with a rubber band stuck in the middle holding it ...
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What is Santa's beard made from?

My wife bought a Santa ornament at a craft show. It is painted wood with a thick rough material that makes up his beard. Click image to enlarge For whatever reason he took a fall from the hibiscus ...
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