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Determining the type of material used in an artwork or craft

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What type of stitch is on the interior of this hat?

I want to create a pattern for this beanie by Paa, a label which tragically ceased operations this year. They made beautifully cozy hats and I never had the chance to acquire one. I’m not an ...
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Please help identify this material that looks like tulle

I am currently stuck at finding a tulle (like) material as the picture below. I need it to repair torn embroidery. I have bought, after searching for hundreds of tulles online, 3 different kinds of ...
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Good Blackener Product / Process for Aluminum and Stainless Steel

I am looking to replicate this type of finish on aluminum and stainless steel hardware: This is Jax Iron, Steel, and Nickel Blackener on carbon steel (mild steel) with a Rustoleum 2x clear coat. I ...
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Identifying charcoal drawing equipment in a YouTube video

I am new to charcoal and want to play around. I watched this video and I am trying to understand what tools and equipment he is using. At the beginning of the video, it seems he is spreading lines ...
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Do there exist compression ring springs?

I'm not sure what to search for, and I'm hoping you can help me find whatever this might be called: I'm looking for something that looks like a keyring, but expands with pressure if pressed onto a ...
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What kind of T-shirt (fabric) is this?

I got this T-shirt at the 2023 JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 5k race. I really like the fabric and would like to buy more shirts like it but I haven't been able to find an exact match. I understand ...
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How can I tell what a silver band on a gold ring is made of?

I have a man's wedding band (from a wedding long ago) that I want to give to a friend who is getting married. The ring is gold with a center band of a silver color, but I don't know what the material ...
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How do I identify if a material is acrylic or polystyrene?

I have several sheets of a plastic like material that I recovered after stripping down industrial led light banks. One type is a clear plastic like sheet, the other type is a semi opaque sheet used as ...
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How are cricket bat stickers made, and what glue is used for them?

Recently I prepared a sticker in CorelDraw, and printed the design on vinyl self-adhesive stickers. The vinyl self-adhesive stickers are not durable. Then I thought of laminating the vinyl sheet and ...
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What is ceramic tin made of?

does anyone know what ceramic tins are made of? I bought a ceramic tin of sweets and the tin itself just doesn't feel like the traditional ceramics that I know of. I found a list of different types of ...
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How would one go about creating a "trunk" for a gemstone tree?

I am looking to create a gemstone tree as a gift for someone. I think I have a good game plan ready as they do not seem too complicated, but based on the tree I already have and how I would like to ...
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What is a good adhesive for permanently connecting two vinyl (PVC) inflatable pool floats?

I'm working on a project that involves permanently connecting two vinyl (PVC) inflatable pool toys like these: Pool Punisher I'm wondering if this is possible by using a PVC cement or some sort of ...
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What is the correct name for the simulated greenery used to make wreaths for doll house furnishing?

When making a Christmas scene for a classic American home made dolls House using traditional Midwest home crafting skills, it is common to include a holly wreath. What is the name given to green ...
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Barbie body upgrade to silicone/TPE

In the image below you can see an articulated Barbie doll with her body modified with what looks like silicone or some type of phicen material. Does anyone know how to get this look for the doll body, ...
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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 Faber-Castell pencils meant to be oily?

I purchased a pack of Faber-Castell "Grip 2001" graphite pencils (see image.below). I've bought other Faber-Castell grip pencils before, but not these specific ones. I've used their "...
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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 the white material which comes out of steam holes?

When I used the steam feature with my iron, some white material came out right before the steam did. What is that 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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