Questions tagged [material-selection]

When you are not sure what material to use as a base for your project or task, such as type of fabric, paper or metal. Try to be as specific as possible to help narrow down choices.

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Rock Tumble Epoxy

I would like to reuse the waste material I have from trimming and grinding quartz and I had the idea of mixing the material with epoxy, shaping it, and then putting it into a rock tumbler. Will a rock ...
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Silk clothes for active daily wear - reasonable or not?

I'm interested in making clothing for a rugged, outdoor environment, and using silk for this purpose. I am used to silk being used for luxury goods which are very difficult to maintain. Although I ...
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Fracture filling a citrine gemstone

Long story short, the gem was dropped on a stone tile floor and cracked pretty badly. The gem was cracked on the inside before but now a few of those cracks run to the surface and a little chip can ...
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What is the best base to use for luminous paint?

I have luminous powders from ebay, those containing europium and glowing in various colors in the dark after being charged with visible or ultraviolet light. I would like to make them into paint by ...
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Can you make custom color change mugs where the disappearing ink is any image you choose?

I have an idea that involves a color changing mug that has one image before you put coffee in, and another after you put the coffee in. However all of the custom mugs I’ve seen to order have only ...
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What does a picture of swirled fabric tell me about the fabric

I'm new to sewing and have not handled fabric before. When I go to store pages on the internet, the shop keepers and reviewers often post a picture of a big piece of fabric swirled with assumable two ...
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Glue for sticking wool to wool?

Can anyone recommend glue for sticking wool to wool? This is for a small, stationary, non-load-bearing, long-term application for an indoor, non-heated environment. It doesn't need to move around or ...
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What are the best mediums for creating a collage?

Semi-newb crafter here. I have a few years worth of old calendars I ordered with photos of our animals and family on heavy card-stock paper. My plan is to use an X-Acto knife, cut the photos out, and ...
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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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Imitating stingray-skin texture?

I am working on a Saihai-prop for a LARP and I want to wrap it in a way that imitates a Stingray skin on the handle. However some stingray skins can't be traded legally under the Washington treaty, so ...
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Where to Get a Smooth Foam Mat for Crafts/Packaging?

I'm sure all of you have seen these interlocking mats: Credit: Amazon I make my own packaging for my artwork and use some stiff foam to hold everything together in the boxes I ship out. I am ...
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Best material to make cardboard more durable

I'm planning on making a cat wheel out of 48"-60" Sonotube. How would one go about making a rigid paper-like material similar to cardboard more durable, i.e. resistant to spills, dents, and ...
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Paint for stencils on black fabric

I'm thinking of making some stencils on black fabric, but I'm not sure what paint would work best. On the internet tutorials say fabric paint is best, but I've painted with white fabric paint on black ...
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Gluing fabric or ribbon to walnut shells

I've made a series of small crafts in walnut shells and want to turn them into lockets of a sort by gluing a ribbon (or thin strip of cotton fabric) to the outside so I can tie them shut. I'm having ...
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What binding options are there for an A3 sketchbook that I can rearrange or add pages to?

I want to start a project sketchbook where I will put all of my existing notes for 1 specific project, separated into different sections, and with a table of contents, to arrange them and have a ...
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Vine charcoal and Willow charcoal

I'm about to buy a new set of charcoal, but I found vine and willow charcoal sticks, which I've never seen before. Before I buy this charcoal set I need to know the difference. I'd like to ask people ...
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Easy shaping material to use as blank/base/reference for silicone casting/molding

First of all forgive me for not using the correct term for this. I know there is a proper name for the very first mold that is used to create casting jackets, but I cannot remember what it is. ...
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How can I best repair or protect this torn cover?

I recently received a large hardback book I ordered online, only to find it was damaged during the mail process. There's a tear in the cover just on the back edge of the spine. It's not a huge tear, ...
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Name of pressure button lock used in ring boxes

I am trying to make a ring box and I am having trouble finding these type of button locks: This is a type of button lock usually made in brass used in manufacturing ring boxes and an example of its ...
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Drawing damaged leather using charcoal

I'm currently drawing Wonder Woman with charcoal. While drawing I noticed that the armor has scratches: Artwork by Shierly Lin. Click for larger version Since it's a charcoal drawing, I'm having ...
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How to prevent acrylic or polycarbonate sheets from bending?

I'm not sure if this is the right forum but seems more relevant to my question. I'm building a rear-projected screen in a form of a large table (3m x 2m) with frosted/diffused acrylic or polycarbonate ...
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How to make rattling Kodama figurine?

I want to make a small figurine (about 6 cm / 2 inches high) of a Kodama from the movie Princess Mononoke. They are tree spirits, have a vaguely humanoid body and an oddly shaped head that rattles ...
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How to best attach EL wire to clothing mostly-permanantly?

I have some EL wire I used once to make a cool glow suit that ended up looking like buzz lightyear, but now I want to move onto a different project. I've already removed it from the first set, but ...
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How to make kite line more visible?

The main question is here. Other related question here. When rising a kite even a few tens of meters, some danger might exist: low flying helicopters, utility planes, hang gliders etc. might hit or ...
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Strong thin rope for kite

Background: I never built a functioning kite (I had a few attempts, as a child), I never successfully raised a kite (no stable wind with enough force when a ready-made kite was available). Current ...
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What kind of dye or paint for t-shirt design?

I'd like to create a t-shirt with colour blotches on a plain black t-shirt, a bit similar to: The t-shirt is cotton. Now my question is what type of colour to use. I'm considering synthetic resin ...
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What material should I use for the frame of my lighter-than-air craft?

I'm toying around with the idea of making an RC lighter-than-air craft, probably a Zeppelin or Blimp shaped one. I'm pretty sure I'll just use a candle or two to get the lift so it isn't a Hydrogen ...
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What can I use to make watercolour brushes?

I'm trying to find a way to make my own watercolour brushes, and Google is most unhelpful in finding the raw materials or advice; it just keeps showing me more brushes that are already made. Does ...
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Will (acid-free) paper turn yellow over time if I use tape (not acid-free) on it? [closed]

More context: I’ll stick the tape on the back, then the paper (lignin-free, acid-free cellulose, 120gsm) is painted on the front.
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Add support to large collage to prevent warping and tearing

I had been working on a huge painting made on about 15 separate sheets. After the work was finished I glued together all the paintings, but now after the paint has dried I find that the paper is kind ...
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Letters on a wire tree [closed]

I'm thinking of making a wire tree where the branches will be named/tagged. The problem is the branches will be grooved by the twisted wire, so I'm not sure what technique will give the best results ...
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Different materials that can be used for origami

I really like making origami and have been doing it for a while now, and to be honest I'm kind of bored of only using paper (I must say I haven't really experimented with different kinds of paper yet: ...
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What artistic elements to add to a car to diminish a difference in color shade?

I've got a used car that had a lot of oxidation on it so I sand it, applied a primer and a cheap paint on it. Although the color code on the spray can matched the original code on the car, it seems ...
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I am looking to melt some leftover acrylic into a mould, at home. Are there fumes that I should be worried about?

So, the title just about sums it up. I've cut some acrylic sheets to make vitrines for some painting frames and I have some leftover strips of acrylic. I have an idea of what to use the acrylic for, ...
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Picture Frame/Mount for Mosaic, ~28" x 34" (Max Size) , <$20

I started doing mosaics made up of thin scrap aluminum. This question is about my first first mosaic 'prototype' that I am doing which measures 28 x 34 inches. The aluminum scrap material weighs ...
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What's a good non-adhesive plastic sheet to protect soft-back books?

I'd like to use non-adhesive transparent plastic sheet to wrap a soft-back book to protect it for long-term frequent use. I'd like to try the method #3 described in https://www.wikihow.com/Cover-a-...
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What kind of resin can be used to fill a gap in a piece of wood?

If filling a piece of natural wood with grooves in with resin - clear or coloured - what is the best kind to use? This would need to allow for the wood to be used as a table top.
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Engrave a design into slate sheets

I currently have multiple sheets of slate measuring 8"x12" at 1/4" thickness, and various gauges of colored wire (picked up the wire from the Beading section of a hobby store). I have been scaling a ...
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How best to fill the bottom of a PVC Tee with resin, plaster or some other material?

There is a tradition in backyard chicken keeping of constructing chicken feeders using PVC pipe. (See: https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-Feeder/ https://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chicken-...
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Food Safe Plaster-Like Material

Does anyone know of a hard, heavy, moldable material (like plaster or cement) that is also food safe? I’m looking for something to make bowls and cups without kiln firing like I would have to with ...
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How can I make my wall look like weathered wood?

I'd like to cover one wall in my apartment with something that looks like weathered/distressed wood. The wall is 13 feet wide and 9 feet tall. It's currently just textured and painted. My project ...
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Create a head bust (maybe plaster or paper mache)

I got a new headset for Christmas and got the idea to create a holder for it. I was thinking of a bust, on which I can put my headset. I sculpted the bust in the 3D program Blender: Now there are a ...
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I want to make antlers for a costume, what materials should I use?

I want them to be very realistic and about the height of my head. My biggest concern is weight, I’m unsure as to what materials to use. I also want the way they are attached to be very discreet and ...
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Where can I find/make paintable opaque green domes?

I've been looking for an item I need which is a hollow hemisphere with outer diameter of ~25 mm. Ideally, I'd like them in green, but I can only find them in clear. Do these sorts of domes exist in ...
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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 sort of fabric could be used for this costume?

I want to make a astronaut costume but I have no idea what fabrics I should use. I would like fabrics that resemble rubber, shiny vinyl that has no texture, and fabric that is good for putting lights ...
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How Can I Create the Metal Comb of a Music Box?

I want to design and create my own music box by hand. I'm looking for a way to create the metal comb/teeth. It would need to be a thin but sturdy metal in order for it to make tones. I'm looking for ...
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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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Masking out non-linear shapes on canvas

I'm painting geometric stuff (in acrylic) and know how to mask out straight-lined shapes using tape on canvas (image on the left). However, have always wondered what would be a clean effective way, or ...
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Can One Use Nylon Thread to Embroider on Chiffon

I wish to embroider my own stole by hand. A Phulkari to be exact. Plan to purchase 2 yards of chiffon fabric. Nylon thread seems thick and shiny. Would nylon thread embroidery work on chiffon? ...