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
0 answers
33 views

Custom piercings? [closed]

I want to give a girl a custom piercing for Christmas. How would I go about doing this? Would I actually need to have a forge or smelt metal?
3 votes
0 answers
30 views

Does psyllium powder improve air dry clay?

Recipes for air dry clay often include: Materials to absorb water from ingredients that get blended with high water content. Materials that swell when wet to add temporary bulk during modelling, and ...
  • 10.6k
3 votes
3 answers
193 views

How to temporary stick paper/card together so it can be removed later without tearing and too much residue

I am making a display/collage and need to stick some art works to mounting card to then be displayed in a frame. However, it is highly like I'll want to rearrange or reuse the works in a different ...
  • 131
-1 votes
1 answer
59 views

Using a brush to apply 2 part epoxy resin without destroying it?

I want to paint 2 part epoxy resin onto a 3D print to hide the layer lines. Is it possible to do this without it destroying the brush that I'm using?
5 votes
1 answer
135 views

What is the result if I use a yarn with smaller TEX than the original pattern?

I've been an amigurumi crocheter for a while, so I've never had to worry about yarn weight/TEX, because we have many yarns that are meant for making amigurumis. But recently I decided to make this ...
  • 153
0 votes
1 answer
77 views

Can I make Das air dry clay firmer, like two part epoxy putty, before sculpting?

Is there anything that I can do to Das air dry clay to give a firmer consistency. Similar to two part epoxy modelling putty? For example, is there a plasticizing additive that I can mix in to it. I ...
3 votes
0 answers
47 views

Acrylic piece vs Epoxy resin

I'm making some pegs for my music instrument. I have seen in the market a lot of these pieces under the category of " Acrylic". They have a metal rod in the down part inside the acrylic to ...
  • 103
0 votes
1 answer
58 views

Solvent to remove melted Perspex from the blades of metal tools?

Is there a solvent that I can used to remove melted Perspex from tools. For example Perspex that has melted on to a drill bit or saw blade during cutting and then hardened as it has cooled down? I ...
-1 votes
1 answer
107 views

When would you use an Ink on a Tamiya 1:48 scale aircraft kit? [closed]

When painting a Tamiya 1:48 scale WWII plastic P51B aircraft kit, which parts would you use an Ink on, rather than paint or a wash in order to replicate the picture on the box for the following ...
2 votes
0 answers
51 views

What materials are chosen for poly binders?

Consider the following binder: Such binders are usually made of a single plastic sheet. The sheet is flexible and durable as you open/close the binder. I think they're formed into their U shape by ...
  • 249
7 votes
4 answers
475 views

Giving epoxy resin an opaque color

I have project in which I want to use epoxy resin. I want to get a white non-transparent color, pretty solid though, and I was wondering if acrylic paint is a good option to mix into the resin?
  • 103
7 votes
1 answer
205 views

How do I paint hot glue so that it's slightly translucent?

I'm going to try to replicate the fire effect that you can see in the picture below using hot glue, to produce a ring of flames around a 3" model. What kind of paints and/or techniques should I ...
1 vote
0 answers
42 views

What precautions need to be observed to create a food-safe silicone mold?

I want to get into silicone casting, in particular to be able to make food-safe items out of (platinum-cure, obviously!) silicone. For various reasons (including simplicity/ease), I expect to be using ...
  • 151
4 votes
1 answer
118 views

How to color food-safe silicone?

I'm looking to get into silicone casting, and eventually I'm going to want to produce food safe products in custom colors. (Food containers, utensils... teething toys. Stuff that needs to be safe for ...
  • 151
4 votes
1 answer
180 views

How should I paint/color my Revan fx lightsaber green button to black?

Attached is a picture of my Hasbro Revan lightsaber. It's almost accurate to the actual hilt of the Knights of the Old Republic game. The one thing I want to change is the green button and make it ...
1 vote
2 answers
114 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 ...
  • 61
7 votes
1 answer
343 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 ...
4 votes
2 answers
103 views

Method to fix charcoal to 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 ...
  • 9,379
5 votes
2 answers
112 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 ...
  • 61
3 votes
3 answers
74 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 ...
  • 141
4 votes
2 answers
97 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 ...
  • 149
2 votes
1 answer
61 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 ...
2 votes
1 answer
77 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 ...
3 votes
1 answer
62 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 ...
4 votes
1 answer
78 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 ...
8 votes
1 answer
585 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 ...
  • 9,795
2 votes
0 answers
53 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 (...
  • 121
2 votes
1 answer
45 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 ...
0 votes
1 answer
30 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 ...
1 vote
1 answer
43 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 ...
5 votes
1 answer
105 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 ...
4 votes
2 answers
58 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 ...
  • 43
4 votes
2 answers
460 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 ...
  • 691
4 votes
3 answers
121 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 ...
  • 141
2 votes
4 answers
148 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 ...
2 votes
2 answers
118 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 ...
  • 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 ...
4 votes
1 answer
131 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 ...
  • 143
0 votes
2 answers
126 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 ...
  • 111
4 votes
1 answer
81 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 ...
  • 141
6 votes
1 answer
70 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 ...
2 votes
1 answer
171 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 ...
5 votes
1 answer
104 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 ...
2 votes
1 answer
603 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 ...
  • 123
2 votes
2 answers
88 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 ...
  • 125
3 votes
2 answers
336 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, ...
  • 335
4 votes
1 answer
155 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 ...
  • 141
1 vote
2 answers
82 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 ...
  • 185
3 votes
2 answers
133 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 ...
  • 131
6 votes
2 answers
54 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 ...