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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
2 answers
34 views

Strong lightweight material for an art and craft tray

I teach art and would like to make some strong 14"x 12" trays that the kids could easily carry and that can be easily washed. These are high school age kids and primarily sophomores to ...
user avatar
  • 41
7 votes
1 answer
315 views

How to make something look covered in soil, with out risk of staining/marking

For our wedding we are going for a very light 'alice in wonderland' theme, which includes a 'down the rabbit hole' table where we would like guests to drop their well wishes in. The table will be ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
40 views

Method to fixate charcoal on an oil painting

I often work with the specular properties of my paintings. Since charcoal gives me a more matte black than almost any (combination of something with) black oil paint could, I at times want to use it ...
user avatar
  • 8,919
4 votes
2 answers
82 views

Materials for inflatable structure

I want to make a sizeable inflatable structure about 15'x 15' with a height of around 15'. I want to extend my classroom's workspace during certain times on various days. I need some help with ...
user avatar
  • 41
3 votes
3 answers
65 views

Collapsible sculpture

Question: I want to make a human-shaped sculpture, that will have string or rope coming out of it and that string will be tied to something, which will make that string tight and keep the sculpture in ...
user avatar
  • 141
3 votes
2 answers
80 views

How could I make a twisted cuboid sculpture like this?

I saw a decorative vase or sculpture shaped like what I can best describe as a silver twisted cuboid, please see this 3D model for what I'm talking about: https://skfb.ly/ouSsD The horizontal cross ...
user avatar
  • 139
2 votes
1 answer
50 views

How do I thicken acrylic model paint in a consistent manner?

I have several model paints that I use for miniature painting which I need to use in order to maintain color consistency. In their natural state they are too thin for my taste. Almost like an ink or a ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
62 views

High temp castable refractory cement ok for molten silver?

Ive got a tub of Imperial brand Castable Refractory Cement and I'm wondering if it's able to withstand molten silver? Perhaps in casting jewelry or as a crusible. The online product details are as ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
55 views

Making a Custom-Shape Pillow for Back Sleeping

I hope that this question is not too far off-topic for this stack, but I was hoping to make a custom shaped pillow for back-sleeping that is molded to the shape of my head. I aiming for something that ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
64 views

What is the best material to make a fake muffin from?

I want to make a realistic looking muffin but I am uncertain what materials to use. Other than clay or plaster, what solutions are there? Is there something that I could literally bake like a real ...
user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
439 views

Corset making: which material should I use for the boning?

I'm interested in historical costume making (or rather "historybounding": integrating historically inspired items of clothing into my day-to-day wardrobe). Currently I want to tackle making ...
user avatar
  • 8,715
2 votes
0 answers
45 views

Ceramic glaze too watery or too deflocculated: specific gravity or thixotropy error?

Hopefully there are some ceramic gurus on here. I have bought a premixed stoneware glaze powder. It has directions to add 1 L of water and 0.5 L of pehatine (so 1.5 L water) to 1 kg of glaze powder (...
user avatar
  • 121
2 votes
1 answer
37 views

A simple way to create the appearance of wooden roof shingles?

I am planning to make a miniature that is approximately 6x5", with a roof covered in wooden shingles. The body of the model will be PU foam. Are there any suggestions for materials or techniques ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
28 views

Creating a scaffold for UV resin coated model that will easily peel off once the resin has hardened?

I'm going to make an Alien Pod as an art project. Normally I would create the basic shape using foam, wood or clay, and then pour the resin over the top and harden it with a UV lamp, leaving the ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
31 views

Can you use PLA filament from a desktop 3D printer with a 3D pen?

Most 3D pens on the market (for example the 3Doodler Create and the Mynt3D) use rods of 1.75mm PLA filament. This appears to be very similar to the 1.75mm PLA used by a desktop printer. Which is ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
78 views

Seeking a material that is softer than resin, but harder than plaster, for casting in a silicon mold?

I have several silicon molds that I normally used for casting with a two part epoxy resin. I want to use them to make scenery for a miniature diorama at Warhammer 40K scale, but I want to customise ...
user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
57 views

What sort of wall protectors can you paint?

I have a door that swings open quite fast, and we need a sort of decorative strip that can go on the wall to prevent the door handle from banging into it. The problem is that we need to be able to ...
user avatar
  • 43
4 votes
2 answers
441 views

Pros and cons of using charcoal on a canvas

I have a commission due this Christmas, it has to be on a 40 x 30 canvas, and the whole drawing has to be in charcoal, so I want to know if it'd be the same thing as if I was drawing on paper. Or ...
user avatar
  • 637
4 votes
3 answers
114 views

Make sphere models

Background I want to make simplistic models of atomic structures using spheres (overview). Each model consists of maximum 10 spheres that have the same diameter. Normally I use ping pong balls or ...
user avatar
  • 141
2 votes
4 answers
128 views

Is there a kind of clay or similar material I can easily mold to use as a stand/holder for electronic equipment?

Say I wanted to make a custom phone stand, or a vertical stand/pocket for my laptop -- is there some kind of clay I can get that I can mold/shape and then let harden so I can use it? Something that ...
user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
116 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 900
11 votes
7 answers
3k views

Low cost alternatives to resin for creating the illusion of there being an opaque fluid in a bottle or jar

I am looking for an alternative to resin to fill a series of jars with, that will harden solid. My aim is to make it appear as if the jars are filled with an opaque liquid that could pass for some ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
78 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 143
0 votes
2 answers
112 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 111
4 votes
1 answer
74 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 141
6 votes
1 answer
67 views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
157 views

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 ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
101 views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
231 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 123
2 votes
2 answers
75 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 125
3 votes
2 answers
242 views

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, ...
user avatar
  • 335
4 votes
1 answer
132 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 141
1 vote
2 answers
76 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 185
3 votes
2 answers
113 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 131
6 votes
2 answers
41 views

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 ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
209 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 33
3 votes
2 answers
155 views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
116 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 637
2 votes
2 answers
197 views

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. ...
user avatar
  • 153
5 votes
1 answer
66 views

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, ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
147 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 153
2 votes
1 answer
102 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 637
5 votes
7 answers
2k views

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 ...
user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
195 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 8,715
2 votes
1 answer
118 views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
133 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1,300
3 votes
1 answer
87 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 1,300
2 votes
1 answer
73 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 21
5 votes
1 answer
256 views

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 ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
66 views

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 ...
user avatar