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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Building tracks for bedroom sliding door [closed]

How do I build tracks for a sliding door for the bedroom door?
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Making a tensegrity table height adjustable

I'm interested in making a "tensegrity" coffee table shaped like this: That is, two rigid (in my case wooden) frames connected by five prestressed tensioned cables (chains in the image) ...
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Help buying good pen for connect-the-dot art

I got a connect-the-dot book as a gift. I tried multiple pens on it, but all are unsatisfactory. They all have issues like ink running dry often (including in the middle of drawing a line), uneven/...
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Ideas on how to create a mold or stencil of lettered emblem on back of vehicle?

Apologies, as I'm sure this is an unusual question. I'm wondering if anyone could come up with a way to create a stencil, or molding of the letters on this vehicle, with materials or techinques that ...
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Can you rewet paper with dried acrylic paint on it?

I want to print a block of color in acrylic paint on a sheet of printmaking paper. Later I would print oil based inks on top of the acrylic, but both kinds of printmaking require the paper to be wet. ...
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What glue to use to make a resin sticker that adheres well to the back of an iPhone?

I am in the process of creating a few domed stickers for my phone, like the ones shown here. I have created these in a silicone mold and want to apply some kind of glue to the backside so that I can ...
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Good Concrete Material for Small Scale Sculpture Casting?

I am interested in incorporating concrete casting as a material into a series of sculptures. Here are my parameters: The concrete will mainly be used as a framing element for wall works, so ...
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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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Recommended paper and ink for printing memorials

I need to print an eulogy off my email, copy a newspaper article, and make copies of photos to frame all together to give to my family members to hang on the wall, so they will be exposed to ...
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Is there an easily accessible way to make a surface very bright white?

I'm essentially trying to diffuse a daylight spectrum bulb and have very little depth to work with. I opted for bouncing the light out of a matte white chamber with a fancy shape so it distributes ...
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Looking for snowman hands [closed]

I have an Avon Brilliant snowman lamp. Last Christmas I realized that his acrylic arms are missing. I have called several craft stores and Avon regarding replacement arms with no avail. I was hoping ...
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How can I get (something similar to) Day-Glo back-painted glass?

I have a project for a small side table where I would like to use a piece of 3/4” thick back painted glass. Ideally I’d like to go for a Day-Glo orange that gives a glow similar to that of the acrylic ...
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UV permeable transparent varnish for PLA

I would like to coat fluorescent PLA in clear, transparent varnish, and I am looking for a product that does not block UV rays. Is there anything like that?
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How can I stabilize a sign on a dowel in a pot?

I made a pumpkin sign that is secured to a dowel. I want to put it in a pot on my porch. What is the best option to keep it straight and secure? I thought of using concrete or stones, but I am leaning ...
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Medium for Horizontal Display of Cymatics Patterns

I have been doing some experiments with cymatic patterns in liquid using bass frequencies. I'm finding that the patterns appear on the top surface of a liquid, such that a pattern can only be ...
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How to create a coconut tree trunk?

For one of my art hobby projects, I want to create a miniature coconut tree trunk closely resembling an actual coconut tree. Below is a close-up image for reference: I am thinking of using some kind ...
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What kind of fabric for an oilcloth hat?

I want to try and make an old-fashioned oilcloth hat shaped like this Dutch Harbor Souwester Hat. The base material is woven cotton, which I would waterproof using oil and wax. When picking a fabric ...
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Restoration/fixing of an antique chipped beer mug

So I have an old antique beer mug with a large chip on the side. I am sure there must be a way to patch this up with a suitable, colour matched, ceramic compound so as to restore it. Can anybody ...
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What is the best cleaning material to use on the individual components of 2 part mold making silicone?

Equipment Maintenance: What is the best cleaning material to use to clean up the two separate components of the generic 2 part mold making silicone used in jewellery making? For example, to clean the ...
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How can I make well focused and bulbous eyes for my sock puppet?

I have a sock puppet, and I would like to give it some good looking puppet eyes. It doesn't need to be any specific material or shape, but I do want it to: be capable of good eye focus and be ...
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How do I get or make large glitter paper sheets for origami stars?

I'm trying to make a ton of origami stars (like how I (and many others) used to in middle school) for a future music/live performance, but I want them to be the most glitzed-out 2000's glitter puke ...
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How to transfer 1.5 x 1.5 mm grid onto fabric?

I want to explore "pattern darning" or "kogin" style embroidery, which looks like this: The patterns consist of straight lines in a regular grid, like this: Usually this is done ...
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Painting/doodling on my white Hydroflask

I'm planning to make multiple small doodles of baby pandas on my new hydroflask. But I'm afraid if I choose a wrong tool to do it, the dishwasher may spoil it. Can you please advice on the following: ...
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Does collagen / agar gelatin decay if not exposed to air?

I am wondering if collagen / agar gelatin can be used as an inexpensive material to suspend objects in, like casting rubber. In the application I have in mind the gelatin will in a fully sealed ...
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Best Material(s) for Casting Large Volume Clear Rubber Object

I am working on a project where I'd like to suspend several objects in a 12" x 12" x 12" clear rubber cube. This is meant to be an art object, so longterm durability is important. In ...
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Are there epoxies or resins that do not cure hard?

I am wondering if there exists a kind of epoxy or resin that doesn't dry "hard". I've seen so many of the hard variety in stores and online. The thing is, somewhere, somehow, I've gotten the ...
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preparing and painting reclaimed PCV Hose pipe?

I have several coils of yellow agricultural PVC hose. My intention is to paint them, and to use them to represent thick high voltage cable for a prop. They will be completely static in coils, and will ...
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Surface Treatment to Make Carbon Steel Look Like Cast Iron

I am working on a project building speaker enclosures using hollow carbon steel spheres like the kind listed here: Source I am looking to produce these enclosures with a variety of looks / finishes, ...
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How would I go about making this 2mm EVA foam mask sturdier, and what should I use?

I made a plan for my mask to make a template pattern out of in a 3D modeling software, as seen below. The blue model is for scale. It's pretty big, and the only foam I have right now is 2mm thick, so ...
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How to cut intricate patterns from velvet?

I want to recreate a certain type of costume: Image source and copyright: Heimatmuseum Dahme My specific problem is that the black stripes on the skirt are supposed to be velvet. As far as I know ...
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What are some inexpensive alternatives to epoxy resin for diorama water effects?

I make dioramas and use epoxy resin for water features. However, epoxy is expensive ($80 for a gallon where I live), toxic, and it gets cold where I live, which isn't good for curing. So what are some ...
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Medium to carry glitter in a DIY glitter pen?

I am making a series of models that have sharp edges, and I want to create a thin line of glitter along them so that the edge will sparkle a specific color when turned under a light. I have tried most ...
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Alternatives to the most-hyped ultra-black paints?

I have a large body of work that I need to complete, and I had been using Stuart Semple's Black 2.0 and Black 3.0. It seems he's out of stock, at the moment, and I'm on a deadline. I have not done ...
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Cotton cord super stiffener

I am making a cat bed using macrame cord with Elmer’s Glue-All mixed with water, and a giant beach ball as a model. I want it super stiff so it keeps its shape. What can I use? I should mention I’m ...
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What can I use to slow down the curing of 2-part epoxy?

I've been repairing a Chinese porcelain tea set for a friend using the faux-kintsugi technique involving gold mica powder and 2-part epoxy, based on Elmy's answer here. I'm using UHU Plus Schnellfest ...
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Repairing a leather and stainless steel bracelet

I have a leather and stainless steel bracelet that I received as a commemorative gift. Over time one end of the leather bracelet has come out of the stainless steel clasp. I am looking for the best ...
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Are there every-day substances that can be used to color 2-component epoxy adhesive?

I would like to repurpose a 2K epoxy adhesive in a kind of casting resin: I've got to pour in a small electrical switch into a wooden hole that was drilled too large. The adhesive is transparent, that ...
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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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Covering for office chair

I am looking to add some material to the chair seen below that will hold up better than the current material that is covering the chair. The chair is pretty comfortable, so I like to keep it like that....
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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